National Apprenticeship Week

Community colleges across Mississippi joined institutions across the nation to participate in National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020 November 8 – 14. NAW is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the skills gap for the American workforce.

NAW gives employers, and other program partners, the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, facilities, and apprentices so career seekers can learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships and the programs available in their communities.

For more information about the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP) and other National Apprenticeship Week activities that happened across the state. visit the US Department of Labor’s website, or follow us on social media.

2020 Events

November 9, 2020

Hinds Community College (HCC) released a series of videos featuring the college’s Registered Apprenticeship partnership with Empire Truck Sales, Stribling Equipment, and Continental Tire. The videos also include a spotlight on the signing ceremony for the Continental Tire apprenticeship program.

Watch the National Apprenticeship Week videos and learn more about HCC on the college’s Facebook page.

November 10, 2020

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) hosted a graduation ceremony for nine apprentices in the inaugural bank branch manager apprenticeship program in partnership with Keesler Federal Credit Union (KFCU). The event was held at the new Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Due to COVID-19, the event limited the total number of participants to 30 people included representatives from KFCU, MGCCC, and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

For more information about the KFCU apprenticeship program, contact Gayle C. Brown at gayle.brown@mgccc.edu. For more information about KFCU visit their website at www.kcfu.org.

November 10, 2020

The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program participated in TECH JXN, a virtual conference highlighting the innovation in Mississippi’s capital city. The event focused on economic development in Jackson’s technology, education, creative and health care sectors. Visit the TECH JXN website for more information.

November 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor Mississippi Office of Apprenticeship hosted a virtual meeting with career center directors and other representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). During the session, participants received information about how Mississippi’s HBCUs can access federal funding for Registered Apprenticeship career fields and pathways.

For more information contact Brenda L. Myers at myers.brenda.l@dol.gov.

 Visit the Department of Labor‘s website for a complete list of activities that happened around the country.