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Co-op training at Northeast helps unemployed

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 11/05/2013 7:22 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)-- It's no secret that the job market continues to be problematic for north Mississippians looking for a job.

That's why colleges and universities are offering many programs to help job seekers looking to rebound into a new career path.

Brianna Murphy of Booneville says it's a new beginning because she's learning the meaning of medical terminology.

Murphy is hoping she will be successful in landing a job.

"I felt like this was a better way to get a shorter education, so I can get back in the job field," said Murphy.

She's getting this second chance at employment after losing her previous job at a local factory which shut down.

"I'm trying to get into like the medical office. Bascially, like into the hospitals and stuff.  Trying to get into the coding and patient records and stuff like that," she continued.

The program is being offered at Northeast Community College thanks to a Department of Labor grant.

Tamulia Salters runs the program, and it offers three career paths for students, including those acquiring a GED.

"We have industrial maintenance, medical and business office assisting, and microcomputer technology," Salters replied.

In six to 10 months, Salters says the school will help the students to find jobs by way of a link with the WIN Job Center in Corinth.

"And it's for students that have been dislocated workers, veterans, things like that. We want to get them into these short-term training programs to get them employed," she said.

"We want to get them the short-term training while they are getting their GEDs. So, they'll go to GED classes during the day and then they'll do the training programs in the afternoon or at night," Salters continued.

Right now, there are some 20 students in the program at Northeast. 

The program is safe for the next three years thanks to a $900,000 grant.

Salters says the program also counts for college credit toward a two-year degree at Northeast.
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