Career training at PRCC

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beginning April 6, Pearl River Community College will offer a training program for those interested in attaining a career in the manufacturing industry.

The Pine Belt Works Basic Manufacturing Certificate Program is a hands-on 80-hour training course designed to prepare people for manufacturing careers, Hattiesburg WIN Job Center’s Branch Director Robert Huddleston said.

“The program basically assists those who are looking to work in the manufacturing area and gives them tips on what to do to get a job,” Huddleston said. “The whole intent is to make them more marketable to employers.”

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Huddleston also said that trainees will learn valuable workplace skills, including problem solving and team building, C.P.R. and first aid certification and how to deal with people in the workplace.

At the end of the program, trainees will be certified on basic manufacturing skills.

The 5-week program will take place three times a week on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

at PRCC’s Woodall Center located at 906 Sullivan Dr. in Hattiesburg.

The program costs $60, which includes all of the required materials. Space is limited, Huddleston said.

The program is a partnership between PRCC, Hattiesburg WIN Job Center, Mississippi Development Authority, The District, Twin Districts Workforce Area, Area Development Partnership, U.S. Department of Labor, Mississippi Community College Board and Mississippi Power.

To enroll or learn more about the program, call the Hattiesburg WIN Job Center at (601) 584-1202 or (601) 554-4646 or visit