Lexington, Miss. The Career and Technical Center (CTC) of Holmes County Consolidated School District hosted its 2019 Spring Completion ceremony April 27, 2019. The HCCTC Adult Education Technical Training Spring Classes course catalog included Administrative Office Assistant Training, Basic Computer Literacy, Forklift Certification, Residential Wiring, Autobody Paint/Refinish, Welding and Medical Terminology. Over 60 adult learners completed their desired program of study.
Earline Smith, Coordinator of Adult Education at Holmes Community College, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Mrs. Smith shared with the completers and their attending well-wishers the importance of remaining relevant in the employment market. She stated, “the needs of employers are changing as the global market evolves. Our community should continue to take advantage of such low-cost and short-term programs as these—as well as programs that are offered at Holmes Community College Campuses.”
Through partnerships established with Hunter Engineering, Inc. and Twin Rivers Paper Company (Burrows), the CTC was able to not only offer Forklift Training class, but completers also received a Daily Equipment Forklift Certification. Such certification is recognized by many manufacturing employers throughout Mississippi. The Spring completers were able to study medical terminology which serves as a pre-requisite for medical and healthcare training classes that the Career Center plans to offer in the future for the community of adult learners.
Holmes County CTC’s Advisory Committee works diligently with Holmes Community College Adult Education and Workforce Development Programs to conduct regular needs assessments to determine the most current skills area industry leaders and community stakeholders require for qualified new hires. CTC Principal Shintri Hathorn stated “It is imperative that our community is workforce ready—this is a key factor to attract future employers as they seek new locations for their companies. Although the Adult Ed Technical Training courses have ended for this school year, we have ongoing FREE GED and SMARTSTART classes at the Career Tech Center,” she said.