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            MENDENHALL – Copiah-Lincoln Community College is proud to announce the addition of a new Welding Program at the college’s Simpson County Center (SCC) located in Mendenhall, Miss. Students can register now for the new program, which will begin its first class in the Fall 2020 semester. This two-semester program allows students to complete coursework in less than a year. Upon completion, students receive a Career Certificate.

            “The addition of the new welding program reinforces Co-Lin’s dedication to training not only today’s workforce but also the evolving workforce of the future,” said Dr. Dewayne Middleton, Simpson County Center Vice President. “We take great pride in helping to ensure every student has access to the high-tech equipment and training needed to meet the demands of business and industry in Simpson County and beyond.”

            The program will be housed in the new, state-of-the-art 6-million-dollar Career-Technical Building at the SCC currently in the final phases of construction. Within the nearly 24,000 square foot building is a 20-stall welding lab.

            “We are always working to expand what programs we offer students so that they have every opportunity to be successful in a career they’re passionate about,” said Brent Duguid, Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education. “We believe the welding program will greatly benefit students in Simpson County and the surrounding area.”

            According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2018 for welders was $41,380 per year, with the highest 10 percent of welders earning up to $63,740.

Other career and technical programs offered at Co-Lin’s Simpson County Center include Automation & Control Technology, Business and Office Technology, Early Childhood Education, and Practical Nursing.

“We feel confident that this investment in our campus will provide long-term benefits for both our students and the community as a whole,” said Middleton.

To learn more about all the opportunities available at Co-Lin, visit www.colin.edu.

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