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Four Hinds CC students named for Continental Tire summer internship
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19 May

Four Hinds CC students named for Continental Tire summer internship

Four Hinds Community College students will spend the summer in Mount Vernon, Ill., as part of an internship program at Continental Tire.

Hinds Community College students Samuel Williams, front left, and Mack Pope are among four receiving a paid internship this summer to the Continental Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Back, Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education for Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus, and Zach Morrow, Senior Project Engineer/Construction Manager for Continental Tire.

Hinds Community College students Samuel Williams, front left, and Mack Pope are among four receiving a paid internship this summer to the Continental Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Back, Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education for Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, and Zach Morrow, Senior Project Engineer/Construction Manager for Continental Tire.

They are Raymond Campus students Mack Pope, 25, of Terry, Electronics Technology; Ken Anderson, 49, of Jackson and Dylan Canant, 20, of Pearl, both Electrical Technology students; and  Rankin Campus student Samuel Williams, 22,  of Jackson, Industrial Maintenance Technology.

“The students will be placed within the organization‘s maintenance department for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems,” said TJ McKinney, Continental’s Director of Human Relations. “We hope that this opportunity provides the professional training that they need to advance their careers.”

The four have already toured the plant they will be working at as interns.

“I had the pleasure of accompanying these students to Mount Vernon for their interviews and was very impressed with how they interacted with the Continental Team,” said David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training. “There is no doubt in my mind that these fine young men will represent themselves, Hinds Community College, and their programs very well. I am excited for this opportunity for them and for what this successful internship program will mean to students in the future.”

Pope has been a Hinds student for about five years but he was having trouble finding his niche until he discovered the Electronics Technology program on the Raymond Campus. He had been accepted into the radiology program but discovered he didn’t want to work in a hospital.

“I’ve been taking things apart since I was five years old, since I got my first screwdriver,” he said. “And I found the electronics program, which interested me the most out of all the technical programs.

The Continental internship program “is definitely a good opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it,” Pope said.

The internship program focuses on Hinds’ Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology and Electronics Technology programs. It is a nine-week, paid summer program that provides the four students with scholarships and specialized training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Beginning June 5, the interns will be placed with maintenance and engineering experts for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Over the course of the program, interns will learn to:

  • Install and maintain piping
  • Troubleshoot and repair various control devices, motors, and electronic devices
  • Establish, maintain and follow-up on the plant’s lubrication schedule
  • Perform machinist tasks
  • Assist in start-up of equipment for production

Williams, 22, has been pulling As and making the Dean’s List on the Rankin Campus over the last year since he was able to complete a one-week rigorous academic study program last summer at Hinds called “Project YOU,” which, in his words, rolled “16 weeks of work all into one week. By Wednesday I thought I was going to quit.”

However, he got through the program successfully, finishing second. “It changed me tremendously – making me better, making me a better person, a better man, making me not be another statistic,” he said.

His next step was to tackle the Industrial Maintenance program on the Rankin Campus last fall. “I have been succeeding ever since,” he said.

Williams is ready to leave any time for the Continental summer internship. “This is a new chapter of my life. I can’t wait. I’m ready to get there right now,” he said.

Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education and CTE Dean for the Rankin Campus, said the goal is to respond to industry and community needs.

“The Continental internship opportunity being given to our students is just one example of how we are preparing our students for positive placement as we support economic development in the state,” she said.

Construction on a $1.45 billion plant on more than 900 acres near Clinton began in November and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Continental will use the internship program to develop its emerging workforce in Mississippi. Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the Clinton-based commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventative maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

The Maintenance Technician Internship Program will run June 5 through Aug. 4.

 

Four Hinds CC students awarded Continental Tire internships.

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Continental Tire looks to Hinds CC career-tech students to fill jobs at Mississippi plant
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30 March

Continental Tire looks to Hinds CC career-tech students to fill jobs at Mississippi plant

RAYMOND – An internship program launched by Continental Tire focuses on students enrolled in Hinds Community College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology, and Electronics Technology programs.

Continental’s Maintenance Technician Internship Program is a nine-week, paid summer program that will provide three Hinds students with scholarships and specialized training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Interns will be placed with the organization‘s maintenance and engineering experts for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Over the course of the program, interns will learn to:

  • Install and maintain piping
  • Troubleshoot and repair various control devices, motors, and electronic devices
  • Establish, maintain and follow-up on the plant’s lubrication schedule
  • Perform machinist tasks
  • Assist in start-up of equipment for production

Construction on a $1.45 billion plant on more than 900 acres near Clinton began in November and is expected to be completed in 2019.

“The Continental Internship is an awesome opportunity for our students to get hands on practical experience in a commercial vehicle tire operation,” said David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training. “The tuition assistance along with the inside look at the Continental processes and plant culture will be invaluable to our students. After this experience, these interns can tell their classmates firsthand about Continental and what to expect to see at the Clinton operation.”

Continental will use the internship program to develop its emerging workforce in Mississippi. Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the Clinton-based commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventative maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

“Continental Tire is happy to partner with Hinds Community College for the internship program,” said Grant Bovim, project manager for Continental’s future commercial vehicle tire plant in Hinds County. “By providing interns with on-the-job training that could lead to employment at our local tire plant, we sincerely believe that this experience will prove to be beneficial to the students and Continental.”

The Maintenance Technician Internship Program will run June 5 through Aug. 4. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a positive attendance record. Completed applications must include three letters of recommendation. Applications for the Maintenance Technician Internship Program are being accepted now through April 7 at http://www.continental-jobs.com/.

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Opportunities at Continental Tire await career-tech students at Hinds CC
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15 April

Opportunities at Continental Tire await career-tech students at Hinds CC

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams knows his audience well when talking with students fresh out of high school and looking for careers.

He can’t help the familiarity, really – he was once one of them.

“I finished school at 16 in the UK (United Kingdom), then I went full-time to a technical community college doing mechanical and production engineering,” Williams said. “So, I started doing what you all are doing.”

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Williams, an executive vice president for the global tire maker and automotive supplier’s commercial vehicle tire operation in the Americas, built his career in the industry from a classroom not unlike the lecture hall at Reeves Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, where he spoke to students and others during a visit April 12 to Hinds’ career-tech facilities.

“My first employer came into the college and asked, ‘Who’s the best practical guy? Who’s your best welder and who’s your best machinist?’ Well, that was me,” Williams said.

 

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

A four-year apprenticeship followed as he earned his associate’s, then a bachelor of science in engineering and then later an MBA. Williams began his career in the manufacturing industry as operations manager at Aerolux, moving on to the role of production and purchasing controller for Nissan Motors in the United Kingdom.

In 2001, he joined Continental AG as purchasing manager for the power and transmission group of ContiTech, a world-leading manufacturer of rubber and plastics technologies. In his current role at Continental, Williams is responsible for original equipment and replacement sales of truck tires in the Americas, encompassing the major markets of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.

His visit to Hinds included stops at career-tech classrooms on the Raymond Campus, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, the Rankin Campus’ Career-Tech building on Greenfield Road and meetings with college and state officials.

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses a meeting of Hinds Community College officials April 12 at the Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses a meeting of Hinds Community College officials April 12 at the Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“It was very productive to hear directly from the Continental executive who could articulate training expectations and a timeline,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We appreciated even more Mr. Williams’ desire to meet with our students and to encourage them to consider a career with Continental.”

Williams said the company will start clearing land this year, then begin major construction on a plant that is to be production-ready by 2019. Once completed, Williams said, the $1.45 billion plant will move quickly to a capacity of 1.1 million tires produced annually, and later to accommodate the company’s passenger car division.

“As that plant grows, you’ll have more and more career opportunities – supervisors, managers, team leaders, all that will encompass that plant,” he said.

Many of the 2,500 jobs the company has said will result from the plant’s construction are highly skilled, technical positions where training in modern-day factory equipment is a must, Williams said.

Students agreed having a big-time job creator in central Mississippi is a positive.

“I think it’s a good thing for the community and will bring a lot of money to the area,” said Wayne Lewis, a sophomore Heating & Air Conditioning student from Amite, La., now living in Mississippi.

“It seems like it would be a good opportunity to grow with a company with good benefits,” said Viory Frazier, of Terry, a carpentry student who already holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Advanced training for those hired would take place here in Mississippi and be supported by the company’s facility in Mount Vernon, Ill., Williams said.

“If you go into our curing room there, which is where you ‘cook’ tires in the press, it’s fully automated and all robotic,” he said.

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams, center foreground, listens as Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak explains the ins and outs of Hinds Community College's Electrical Technology classroom on the Raymond Campus during Williams' visit to Hinds on April 12. At left is Vice President for Workforce Development Chad Stocks. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams, center foreground, listens as Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak explains the ins and outs of Hinds Community College’s Electrical Technology classroom on the Raymond Campus during Williams’ visit to Hinds on April 12. At left is Vice President for Workforce Development Dr. Chad Stocks. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Workforce development programs such as Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology are geared to move the best potential employees for industries in the state to jobs. Assessments of companies by the college’s workforce team are often “industry-specific” and flexible enough to pinpoint precisely what a company’s staffing solutions might be, said Vice President for Workforce Development Chad Stocks.

“We know what companies are looking for in an employee,” District Director of Manufacturing Training David Creel said. “They’re looking for a team player, someone who communicates, has above average dedication, has enthusiasm and has the right attitude for change.”

Williams met later in the day with Hinds vice presidents and workforce training staff.

“The meeting with Mr. Williams was very productive,” Muse said. “It was our opportunity to hear directly from the industry executive who is defining expectations for training and employees. I have great confidence in the Hinds team tasked with meeting those expectations.”

It’s a commitment to being the best possible employee that Williams imparted to the packed roomful of students.

“The most important job I have every day is to hire, train, develop, promote and retain the very best people I can. Having the very best people makes all the difference between being successful and not being successful,” Williams said.

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