Civitans offer WorkKeys and Manufacturing Skills scholarships for EMCC

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The West Point Civitan Club will offer scholarships for East Mississippi Community College West Point-Clay County Center students interested in the WorkKeys and Manufacturing Skills courses to help Mississippians gain employment at local businesses.
Members of Civitan toured the EMCC West Point-Clay County Center yesterday morning to meet with students, faculty and staff of the center.
EMCC West Point-Clay County Center director Mitzi Thompson said employees must complete WorkKeys and Manufacturing Skills courses to be employed and Yokohama and other companies in the Golden Triangle area.
Civitan member Irma Daily said the scholarships will begin in the fall, and they were funding through grants and fundraising.
"We hope to get grants from companies in the area to support this project in the future, because some students in the area need scholarships," Daily said.
Daily said Civitan had been awarding WorkKeys and Manufacturing Skills scholarships for about three years.
Thompson said anyone interested in WorkKeys or Manufacturing Skills courses should contact EMCC West Point-Clay County Center, and if someone was an eligible candidate for a scholarship, she will contact the Civitans.
Thompson said morning, afternoon and night classes were offered for the Manufacturing Skills course, and WorkKeys was administered four times per week at the West Point or Mayhew Campus.
She said the scholarship will cover all costs of the courses.
Civitan member Bill Ladd said the scholarship program was one of the most important things in which the club takes part
"One thing we can all agree on is that clubs do different things in the community, but when you look at something that's life changing, such as an opportunity to go to work and earn a good living, that's one of the most important things we can do as a club is help someone get that start," Ladd said.
Ladd also said helping Mississippians join the work force was beneficial to employers and the community as a whole.
"A person getting in the job market and being able to earn a living helps the community," Ladd said. "But people need to get through EMCC to get to that next step, and if we can be part of that process, to me this is the most important project we could do."