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Skills classes take off at EMCC

February 4, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors were updated on the progress of the Yokohoma Tire Manufacturing Plant workforce classes, which kicked into gear the moment East Mississippi Community College resumed classes for the spring semester.
Mitzi Thompson, EMCC workforce specialist, said community participation thus far indicated a positive forecast for the interest in employment at Yokohama once the business begins its application phase.
“Since January 6 — when EMCC opened back up after the holidays — we have had 51 people from Clay County sign up for the basic skills classes,” Thompson said. “What that means is, that they’re coming in and they’re getting ready and brushing up on their skills so they’ll be ready for (the Works Keys test).”
Yokohama Mississippi mandated that applicants undergo a Work Keys test, which serves to familiarize potential employees with “applied math, locating information and reading for information,” Thompson said.
Thompson said basic skills classes are offered at the Mayhew campus in the morning, afternoon and evening. By working around the schedules of currently employed individuals, Thompson said EMCC has created an easily-accessible avenue for most interested parties.
The Mayhew campus, according to Thompson, has also expanded into evening classes with one to be held at 5:30 p.m. every Monday along with an extra Monday afternoon class, which was added this Monday.
“We’re really encouraged about the basic skills,” Thompson said. “We’re actually going to have to add some additional classes to accommodate the number of people, so we’re excited.”

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