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Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company
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11 September

Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company

RAYMOND – Four Hinds Community College students who interned with Continental Tire over the summer have even more of a reason to cherish their nine weeks of paid training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Continental has covered tuition for the fall 2017 semester for Dylan Canant, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell. The students had been placed at Continental’s maintenance department for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mackie Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

The students’ enthusiasm and aptitude for their budding careers with the company building a $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County near Clinton that’s planned to open in 2019.

“During my visit to Mount Vernon, I heard nothing but positive feedback about our interns from Mississippi. They obviously did a great job and were great ambassadors,” said Michael Egner, project manager with Continental. “The student’s success is proof that we’ve found a strong partner in Hinds Community College. Together, we can build a great workforce and future for Continental in Mississippi.”

Pope, an Electronics student on the Raymond Campus, and Canant, an Electrical Technology student on the Raymond Campus, counted the exposure to new people and faces as a plus to go along with the diversified workforce training.

“Being an electronics tech I came here expecting to do electronics,” Pope said. “However I was hired as a multi-tech, meaning that I would also do electricians and mechanics work on top of that. It has been a wonderful experience meeting new people.”

“My experience has been really great and I am really proud of myself and the people who pushed me to do this,” Canant said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for anybody who gets this opportunity. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.”

Waddell, an Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, took note during his internship of the vibrant culture that existed in the plant as he learned to troubleshoot, install and repair tire components in the mixing department.

“This company cares about their employees and it’s obvious to anyone who works here,” Waddell said. “And that alone is most interesting thing to me about this experience.”

Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the 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 preventive maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

Williams, an Industrial Maintenance Technology student at the Rankin Campus, hopes to fill one of those roles thanks to the unique opportunity he had this past summer.

“I’ve learned new things I didn’t think were possible,” Williams said, adding he learned correct workplace safety tips through the use of Personal Protective Equipment. “This has been one of the best opportunities of my life and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.”

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New Hinds CC workforce training director ready to supply industry
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27 August

New Hinds CC workforce training director ready to supply industry

RAYMONDA keen understanding of what heavy industry needs to fill the ever-increasing demand for skilled labor is what David Creel wants to convey as he leads a key training component in Workforce Development at Hinds Community College.

“I have seen the gap between applicant skill and what these companies need,” Creel said. “Hinds is working to close that gap, and I am excited to be part of it.”

Director of Workforce Manufacturing Training David Creel.

Director of Workforce Manufacturing Training David Creel.

Creel, of Byram, began work June 1 as director of Workforce Manufacturing Training. He arrived at Hinds from a nearly 30-year career with Milwaukee Electric Tool, during which the company was a client of Hinds and Creel himself took classes here and at East Central Community College.

His bachelor’s degree is in business administration from Belhaven University. As director of the new program, Creel said, he will work with new and existing industry to develop and deliver training programs to enhance the workforce.

“We work with individuals that need basic and/or advanced skills to improve their situations, whether that is getting a job, keeping their job, getting a promotion or learning a totally new skill,” Creel said.

Creel said his first project this year will be the conversion of the Offset Printing Lab on the Raymond Campus to the Manufacturing Training Center and Mechatronics Lab. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering.

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