MSCC Awarded $2.5M for Job, Skills Development

Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has been awarded a three-year, $2.5 million federal grant to promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, science, technology and engineering.

The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative implemented by the the U.S. Department of Labor and administered in coordination with the Department of Education.

"This grant gives our institution an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our ongoing efforts to build a world-class workforce in our region," said MSCC President Dr. Glen Fenter in a news release.

"Industry experts have been telling us for several years that there is a serious skills gap within advanced manufacturing and related fields. The grant will give us the resources we need to help fill some of those gaps."

MSCC will use the funds to hire additional faculty for machining, welding, mechatronics and renewable energy programs and to solicit technical assistance from The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, according to the release.