Co-Lin adds workforce program

Published 10:58 am Friday, June 19, 2015

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is offering the key to more work opportunities through a Millwright program.

Workforce Coordinator Chuck McCall said this is the first time such a program is being offered and that the decision to add a Millwright program was in response to the industry’s desire to have workers who could handles such jobs as maintenance and troubleshooting while on the job.

“They’re generally like a jack-of-all-trades,” McCall said. “Somebody who can do about anything.”

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Registration ends June 29 for the class that starts July 13 on the Wesson campus. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for the class is $500 plus a $140 supply fee with the addition of other start-up supplies which when purchased will remain the property of the participants. Students must have a high school diploma or GED as well as wear steel toe or composite toe boots to class.

Literature released from the school states that companies rely on millwrights to install, align and troubleshoot machinery vital for production and daily operations. Students successfully completing the class will receive NCCER Core Millwright LeveI and Level II Certifications.

Skills attendees will learn in the program include machining, mechanics, welding, metal cutting, rigging and industrial maintenance as well as gain experience working with blueprints, gear boxes, drive chains, conveyors, assembly and hand and power tools.

The program hopes to deliver to the area’s work force, a flexible worker who can do it all. For the participants, McCall said such a program and the skills learned there makes them more valuable to places like McLane Southern, DG Foods and Delphi Packard Electric.

McCall said the class is a beginner class and encourages all that are interested or want to learn a new skill set that would be beneficial to their job search to find out more information.

The Millwright Program is handled through the Office for Career, Technical and Workforce Education. To register or for more information, call 601-643-8707 or visit