Co-Lin opens new Career-Technical Building at the Simpson County Center
Co-Lin’s new career-technical building at the Simpson County Center opened just in time for the fall 2020 semester.
“The opening of Co-Lin’s Career Tech building is a great step forward to continue training our students for the jobs of our future,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. “Workforce training in education is a key component in Mississippi’s economy. This branch of Co-Lin’s career tech programs is a critical investment in workforce training, which will in turn bring more good paying jobs to our state, and which will allow our students to start lives and to start careers right here at home. Working with the community colleges across our state, we can ensure that the next generation of workers is prepared for the jobs of the next 50 years. Not the jobs of the last 50 years, because when we invest in our workforce, and when we invest in their futures, Mississippi wins.”
“The addition of this new facility will help us train a qualified workforce that will assist in bringing new businesses and industries to the area,” said Co-Lin’s Vice President of the Simpson County Center Dr. Dewayne Middleton. “The college has received unwavering support from the Simpson County Board of Supervisors and the community.”
“This project shows a true commitment to this campus and to this part of the Co-Lin district,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims. “We are proud of the work that has been done by so many individuals to make this new building a reality.”
The 23,412 square-foot building houses seven general classrooms, a computer lab, science lab, seven faculty offices, a faculty work/break room, health lab, practical nursing (PN) classroom, and welding lab. The $6.2 million facility will also house the college’s automation and control, practical nursing, welding, and early childhood programs.
Burris/Wagnon Architects, P.A. of Jackson was the architect for the project. Richard Womack Construction of Mendenhall served as the general contractor.
For information about the career-technical programs at the Simpson County Center contact Dr. Anika Floyd at 601.849.0123.