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Editorial: Training for the future

We often hear that we need more technical training here in South the Mississippi. Now, a new program at Mississippi Gulf Community College will provide just that.

In an educational partnership with the Southern Company, the parent of Mississippi Power, an Instrumentation and Control Academy will be established on the community college's Jackson County campus.

The two year course will train technicians to install, maintain and repair all of the equipment that produces our electricity each and every day.

People with this specialized training are also needed in petrochemical, refining, waste water and food and beverage industries.

Graduates of the program can expect an entry-level pay of around $45,000. In the next few years, there will be a need for more of these professionals, because 40 to 50 percent of I and C technicians at Southern Company will be eligible to retire.

We applaud the community college and the Southern Company for bringing this training program to the coast. This will allow many of our local residents to gain technical skills that will allow them to find a job at various industries here in south Mississippi.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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