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Hinds CC a key player in Warren County’s drive to become certified Work-Ready
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14 December

Hinds CC a key player in Warren County’s drive to become certified Work-Ready

VICKSBURG – Economic development in Vicksburg and Warren County in 2018 and beyond could hinge on an effort to become certified a Work-Ready Community by the nation’s premier academic testing standard.

Earlier this year, employers in the Hinds Community College attendance district agreed in principle to begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate and have their respective counties certified as an ACT Work Ready Community. The national credential is a portable, industry-recognized standard of achievement that identifies proficiency in three key areas for landing jobs of today – reading for information, applied math and locating information. The national initiative is headed up by ACT, the nation’s leading college admissions testing company. Hinds administers the NCRC exam to Adult Basic Education and Career-Technical Education students as well as to current employees from industry partners.

Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean for Career and Technical Education, speaks before the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce about the ACT Work-Ready Community effort during a luncheon Dec. 13, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

On Wednesday, members of the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce heard of the potential pluses of adopting tangible assessments for hiring employees from college officials and industries using it or thinking seriously about using it.

“You know when you enter a new city or county and see the signs that say ‘certified retirement community?’,” said Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at Hinds, asked chamber members during a program and panel discussion during the group’s monthly luncheon. “Well, we want a sign in Warren County that when someone drives in, they say, ‘This community values work and has a group of people that’s ready to do what’s best for the community.’”

Issued at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – the NCRC helps take the guesswork out of hiring, training, and promotion decisions. WIN Job Centers in Hinds, Warren, Rankin and Claiborne counties, as well as in Madison County, administer it to clients in each community who are applying for jobs.

“This can be very beneficial toward your recruiting purposes and retention goals,” said Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Warren County Port Commission, to chamber members. The commission is among several partners on the effort in central Mississippi.

Pablo Diaz, left, executive director of the Warren County Port Commission, speaks before the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon Dec. 13, 2017. Seated for the discussion, which dealt with ACT Work-Ready Community efforts, are, from left, Carl Hearn, quality manager at Batesville Casket, Maggie Cane, human resource manager at International Paper, and Dr. Robin Parker. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“But, I want you to think about this, too – this will be a standard that any community’s going to be held up to in terms of economic development projects,” Diaz said. “We are going to be asked, ‘Are you a certified community?’ And if you say no, then for a potential project it means we don’t have the data on the workforce to demonstrate how good or not good they are.”

Panelists for the luncheon included human resources professionals with companies using or thinking about using the NCRC in their hiring process. They, along with Parker, fielded questions about the test from chamber members, many of whom run their own small businesses or hold positions involved in making hiring decisions.

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Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC
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16 October

Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC

PORT GIBSON – Claiborne County has joined other communities in the Hinds Community College district in an effort to be recognized as a job-ready workforce.

From left, Milton Chambliss, Cindy Goodwin, of Central Mississippi Planning and Development, Kenisha Shelton, dean of Career-Technical Education at Hinds' Utica Campus, Mary Powers, of CMPDD, Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Robin Parker, Alisa Hughes, WIOA Coordinator Career Services Coach at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Beverly Trimble, WIOA Coordinator at Hinds' Utica Campus, Melvin Anderson, CEO of Southern Greens, Mitzi Thomas, SNAP Coordinator at Hinds, and Marvin Moak, vice president of Hinds' Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

From left, Milton Chambliss, Cindy Goodwin, of Central Mississippi Planning and Development, Kenisha Shelton, dean of Career-Technical Education at Hinds’ Utica Campus, Mary Powers, of CMPDD, Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Robin Parker, Alisa Hughes, WIOA Coordinator Career Services Coach at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Beverly Trimble, WIOA Coordinator at Hinds’ Utica Campus, Melvin Anderson, CEO of Southern Greens, Mitzi Thomas, SNAP Coordinator at Hinds, and Marvin Moak, vice president of Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

Employers in the area have agreed to begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate and have the county be certified as an ACT Work Ready Community. The national credential is a portable, industry-recognized standard of achievement that identifies proficiency in three key areas for landing jobs of today – reading for information, applied math and locating information. The national initiative is headed up by ACT, the nation’s leading college admissions testing company. Hinds administers the NCRC exam to Adult Basic Education and Career-Technical Education students as well as to current employees from industry partners.

“What the designation means is that we have the business climate for companies to relocate here or to expand, and for new ones to open up businesses in this area,” said Dr. Robin Parker, district director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education at Hinds, during a program and job fair Oct. 13 to launch the effort officially. “It also means we will have people in our county who are ready to go to work.”

Issued at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – the ACT NCRC helps take the guesswork out of hiring, training, and promotion decisions. WIN Job Centers in the three counties, as well as in Madison County, administer it to clients in each community who are applying for jobs.

“The county can’t grow unless the people grow,” said Milton Chambliss, executive director of the Claiborne County Economic Development District. “This job fair today is focuses on helping you accomplish that goal.”

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marie Clarke, president of the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, and Milton Chambliss (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marie Clarke, president of the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, and Milton Chambliss (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

Funding from the Mississippi Department of Education will allow career-tech students in school districts to complete the NCRC where their respective communities have joined the effort. Earlier this year, Hinds, Warren and Rankin counties, along with Madison County, each committed to become a Work-Ready Community.

Port Gibson and Claiborne County’s respective elected governing boards each passed a resolution recognizing Hinds’ Centennial, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said, adding that it’s in keeping with Hinds’ “number one objective” of providing a quality education at a reasonable cost.

“We continually try our best to help all our communities, throughout a five-county area,” Muse said. “It’s a pleasure for me to be here and congratulate you on becoming a work-ready community.”

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Hinds CC to play vital role in career-readiness initiative launched Wednesday
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19 January

Hinds CC to play vital role in career-readiness initiative launched Wednesday

JACKSON – Three counties in the Hinds Community College district have joined a growing list of communities in Mississippi working to be recognized as a job-ready workforce.

Angela Hayes, district WIN Center Education Coordinator, looks on as Jimmie Coins, human resource specialist with Atmos Energy , signs up to recognize the ACT Work Ready Community effort Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Angela Hayes, district WIN Center Education Coordinator, looks on as Jimmie Coins, human resource specialist with Atmos Energy, signs up to recognize the ACT Work Ready Community effort Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

At least 100 employers each in Hinds, Warren and Rankin counties must agree to begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate in order for each county to be certified an ACT Work Ready Community. The national credential is a portable, industry-recognized standard of achievement that identifies proficiency in three key areas for landing jobs of today – reading for information, applied math and locating information. The national initiative is headed up by ACT, the nation’s leading college admissions testing company.

Beginning this month, Hinds Community College is administering the NCRC exam to Adult Basic Education and Career-Technical Education students, as well as to current employees from industry partners. WIN Job Centers in the three counties, as well as in Madison County, will begin administering it to clients in each community who are applying for jobs.

“The way this has become successful is multiple entities have come to the table in a collaborative partnership.” said Dr. Robin Parker, district director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education at Hinds. “We are all combining resources in an effort to give opportunities for good jobs for the citizens we serve.”

Carla Causey, left, district Director of Adult Basic Education, speaks to Dr. Delores Bolden Stamps, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo College, about the ACT Work Ready Community effort as Stamps signs up to recognize the national credential during a launch of the effort Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Carla Causey, left, district Director of Adult Basic Education, speaks to Dr. Delores Bolden Stamps, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo College, about the ACT Work Ready Community effort as Stamps signs up to recognize the national credential during a launch of the effort Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Partnering on the effort are the GJCP, Hinds Community College, Holmes Community College, Rankin First, Hinds County Economic Development Authority, the Warren County Port Commission Economic Development Foundation, Madison County Economic Development Authority, Mississippi Department of Education, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and WIN Job Centers in the region.

“We want to be on the cutting edge of workforce development,” said Duane O’Neill, president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, when the effort launched officially. “It’s a priority with site selectors of companies looking to go someplace. With this program and certification, it tells the employers how the people taking it fit into the workforce.”

Issued at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – the ACT NCRC helps take the guesswork out of hiring, training, and promotion decisions. Funding from the Mississippi Department of Education will allow career-tech students in the Jackson, Hinds County, Vicksburg-Warren and Rankin school districts to complete the NCRC.

Duane O'Neill, president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, speaks about the ACT Work Ready Community effort during the organization's annual meeting Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Duane O’Neill, president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, speaks about the ACT Work Ready Community effort during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 18 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Economic development has changed over the past few years,” said Greg Word, senior vice president of economic development for GJCP. “In the past, communities could bring a site selector to the area, show the future site and discuss the ease of distribution of the goods that could be manufactured at the site. Now, site selectors are asking for data to prove that the community is work ready. The ACT Work Ready Community initiative will help our state and regional economic developers quantify the work readiness of our community.”

For more information related to the Work Ready Initiative, please visit http://hub.hindscc.edu/WRC.

From left, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak, Dr. Clyde Muse, District Director of Adult Basic Education Carla Causey, Associate Vice President of Career and Technical Education Sherry Franklin, District Director of WIN Education Center Angela Hayes, District Director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education Dr. Robin Parker. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, District Director of Adult Basic Education Carla Causey, Associate Vice President of Career and Technical Education Sherry Franklin, District Director of WIN Education Center Angela Hayes, District Director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education Dr. Robin Parker. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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