Capps director provides program update
by Rory Doyle
Apr 17, 2013 | 2091 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Charles W. Capps, Jr. Technology Center of Mississippi Delta Community College is continuing its effort to enhance the Delta's workforce.

Dru Morgan, director of the center's workforce education program, provided an update of 2012's success at Monday's Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meeting.

"Our programs keep people trained in technology for the ever-changing business and industry careers," said Morgan. "Ultimately, the training gives individuals the skills to have more choices in the job field."

Morgan provided the board with data from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which indicated the program's impact on Bolivar County workers.

"The Capps Center trained 8.9 percent of Bolivar County workers in 2012," she said.

While the program was proud to make a significant impact, Morgan added they would continue to work hard to prepare a higher percentage of Bolivar Countians.

"We help business and industry train their employees to work smarter and perform better to improve the company's bottom line," said Morgan.

The training center, located in Indianola, reached out to over 6,500 workers last year through a variety of courses.

Participants can sign up for "affordable, short-term, hands-on" training in manufacturing technology, flux-cored welding, electric utility lineman training, HVAC, fiber optics technology and pharmacy technician certification programming.

A new agriculture technology program will also begin this summer after local ag producers approached the school and asked them to enhance the local workforce.

Other coursework is also available for management, human resources, manufacturing, hazardous material, Spanish, numerous computer workshops and more.

Morgan said one of the biggest individual benefits of the training is the salary increase participants see.

"Workers saw an increase in 2012 anywhere from $2,000 up to $9,000," Morgan said, based on MDES data. "The average increase was over $4,300."

"I tell our students to ask, what's in it for me," she added. "People who come to our center have their choice in training, see a salary increase and provide themselves with more chances of getting a job where they want."

She added that local businesses and the local economy also benefit from the programs.

"Our workforce team will listen to you and work with you to support the strategies that work best for your organization."

Most of the curriculum is offered at the center's main location in Indianola, but some of the more technical courses are housed on the MDCC campus in Moorhead.

Learn more about available training at www.thecappscenter.com, or call 662-887-2876.