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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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MI-BEST program provides new future for students in Mississippi

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MI-BEST program turns dropout to registered nurse

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CNA graduates at NEMCC

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Health students take to online instruction to prepare for future

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Skilled to Work: Distance education in Tupelo

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Skilled to Work: Online Industrial Maintenance

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Skilled to Work: HVAC at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Early Childhood Education Technology

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Skilled to Work: Construction Engineering Technology

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Skilled to Work: Diesel power technology

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Skilled to Work: Civil engineering technology

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Skilled to Work: Tupelo High School construction program

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Skilled to Work: NEMCC partners with New Way

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Skilled to Work: Automotive program at ICC

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Skilled to Work: Long term careers in furniture manufacturing

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Skilled to Work: ServSafe certification

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Skilled to Work: Drafting, Design, and 3D Modeling at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Engineering at Tupelo High School

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Skilled to Work: Collision repair at Tupelo High School

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Skilled to Work: Homebuilding and remodeling

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Skilled to Work: Welding at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Local bakery offers employment, recovery support

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Skilled to Work: Tiger Apprenticeship Program at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

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Skilled to Work: Two events help students find careers

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Skilled to Work: Tupelo Academy of Cosmetology

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Skilled to Work: Blue Delta Jeans

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Skilled to Work: Information Systems Technology at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Mississippi Works Career-Tech Scholars Program

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Skilled to Work - Collision Repair Technology at NEMCC

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Skilled to Work: Radiologic Technology

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Skilled to Work: Automotive technology at ICC

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Skilled to Work: Hospitality management

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Skilled to Work: Medical pathways program

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Skilled to Work: Culinary arts at ICC

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Skilled to Work: Nursing assistant program

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Skilled to Work: Robotics

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Skilled to Work: MCEF trains students in construction

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Skilled To Work: Industrial Maintenance

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Skilled to Work: Furniture manufacturing

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Skilled To Work: Precision Manufacturing and Machine Technology

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Skilled to Work: Local business offers job opportunity to veterans

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Skilled to Work: Truck drivers learn at NEMCC