New Grant Offers Free Workforce Certifications at JCJC

Written By: Caleb Smith / Marlo Dorsey
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-31 15:34:54

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College is now offering the Modern Multi-skill Manufacturing (M3) Credential as a free service to the community thanks to a recent grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation-America Works initiative and The Montgomery Institute.

Individuals earning an M3 credential are certified to work in manufacturing or industrial fields, which increases their ability to be employed.  The M3 process provides modern industrial workforce training and is recognized as a standard by numerous businesses across the United States.

"This is a great opportunity for someone to acquire additional training and make them more attractive to the job market. In today's job market, these credentials will help job candidates stand out above other applicants,” said JCJC Workforce Director Greg Butler.  “We believe this free service will motivate unemployed individuals in our communities to improve their skill sets.” 

The training involves three segments: a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) Test, hands-on training, and computer based modules. The CRC test, which is given at JCJC, evaluates math, reading, and graphic interpretation skills.  Next, a hands-on training component focuses on computer skills, power tool usage, and workplace safety.  Lastly, the computer-based modules complete the training.  These modules are available online and can be completed at the participants’ homes or anywhere with internet access.

The three part process takes approximately 30 hours.  Upon completion, individuals receive an M3 Level 1 Certification. The first fifty completers of the program will also receive a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart.

This free program is open to the public, but specifically targets recently unemployed individuals. For more information on training locations or program specifics, contact Caleb Smith at or 601-765-0595 or Pam Brownlee at or 601-477-4122.



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