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Skilled To Work


Skilled to Work is a WTVA 9 News station initiative in the North Mississippi and West Alabama areas with the goal of changing the perception of working in the skilled trades. There is a severe shortage of skilled workers throughout our community. As the current workforce retires, there are not enough workers to replace them. For more than 30 years, we have been teaching our children that the only pathway to a career is by earning a 4-year college degree. We are facing a workforce crisis.

Through partnerships with multiple organizations and industries affiliated with the trades, we have begun to change the conversation. We are educating parents, teens, young adults and our community that the skilled trades are a viable career option with plenty of high paying jobs with excellent benefits and retirement packages.

Join WTVA 9 News as we bring you impact stories and resources about the resurgence of vocational training and workforce options in our community. Check back in with us here where stories will be posted and valuable resources will be shared.

Skilled To Work

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Skilled to Work - Starkville Police Department

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Skilled to Work - School bus driver

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Skilled To Work - Behold Home

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Skilled to Work: Resource MFG

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Skilled to Work: Industrial Timber

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Skilled to Work: Prestage Farms

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Skilled to Work: Tiger Apprenticeship Program at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: NauticStar Boats

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Skilled to Work: American Furniture Manufacturing

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Skilled to Work: ProVia

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Skilled to Work - Mississippi Dept. of Rehab Services

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Skilled to Work: Blue Springs Metals

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Skilled to Work: Martinrea

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Skilled to Work - Pontotoc Springs

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Skilled to Work: Golden Manufacturing

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Skilled to Work: Cooley Transport Inc.

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Skilled to Work: Online Workforce College at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Navistar Defense

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Skilled to Work: Kimberly-Clark in Corinth

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Skilled to Work - NEMCC offering free career tech courses

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Skilled to Work: Grammer seeking eager workers

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Skilled to Work - Snelling working to find job seekers

Image for Skilled to Work: Cooper Tire hiring
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Skilled to Work: Cooper Tire hiring

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Skilled to Work: Workers wanted at Ashley Furniture in Ecru

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Skilled to Work: Shannon Fire Department in need of volunteers

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Skilled to Work: Brooks Grocery hiring in Tupelo

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Skilled to Work: Franklin Corp plans to hire 100+

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Skilled to Work: Monroe County Vo-tech prepares future engineers and robot builders

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Skilled to Work: Saltillo High adds new computer science program

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Workers wanted at Walmart distribution center in New Albany

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Skilled to Work: Tupelo Aquatic Center

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Tupelo High School construction students building tiny house

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Desire to help is key in becoming a firefighter

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Skilled to Work: Tupelo High School paving the way for future journalists

Image for Skilled to Work: Aviation maintenance program at Northwest Mississippi CC
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Skilled to Work: Aviation maintenance program at Northwest Mississippi CC

Image for Skilled to Work: Lee County sheriff looking to hire in various parts of his department
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Skilled to Work: Lee County sheriff looking to hire in various parts of his department

Image for Skilled to Work: NEMCC nursing students help administer vaccine
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Skilled to Work: NEMCC nursing students help administer vaccine

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Skilled to Work: Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Ole Miss

Image for Skilled to Work: Window World training employees by building playhouses for St. Jude
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Skilled to Work: Window World training employees by building playhouses for St. Jude

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Skilled to Work: Student thankful for NEMCC MiBest program

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SKILLED TO WORK: About 700 jobs open for state corrections officers

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Career and tech center provides job outlooks for Houston students

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Skilled to Work: Extended Reality (XR) training at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Commercial driving program at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Early Childhood Education at Tupelo Career-Tech Center

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Skilled to Work: Looking back on 2020 and forward to new careers in 2021

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Skilled to Work: Tupelo Lee Humane Society always looking for pet lovers to help

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Skilled to Work: Fusion Furniture seeking experienced workers

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Skilled to Work: Toyota looking for more workers in Blue Springs

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Skilled to Work: Paralegal technology program at NEMCC