Yokohama-EMCC Training Facility ready for students

William B. Carroll

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi has been part of several big events over the last twelve months. Tuesday morning they added another important moment, by participating in the dedication of the West Point Training Facility at East Mississippi Community College’s West Point-Clay County Center.
The newly dedicated Training Facility waspart of a concerted effort on behalf of EMCC and Yokohama to reestablish the training center in order to provide opportunities for area residents.
Dr. Raj K. Shaunak, EMCC’s Vice President for Workforce Development said that a lot of work has gone into renovating the training center and getting it up and running again.
“We got some funding and grants to help reestablish this training center,” he said, prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony on the newly revamped center. “We put on a new roof, air conditioning units and built some classrooms so that we could train people to have the opportunity to go to work in advanced manufacturing in our area.”
Shaunak said that the college provides opportunities for students who do not have a high school diploma to obtain their GED, after which students can enroll to be tested on the ACT WorkKeys assessment.
Students who obtain a silver or better certification on WorkKeys are then eligible to enter the manufacturing skills class.
Shaunak said that since October 2013, EMCC has assessed over 2,600 people via WorkKeys, and that 1,240 have successfully passed the manufacturing certification program.
YTTM has hired over 300 employees for its plant, which is still short of the 500 employee figure for phase one of the project.
See more in Wednesday's Daily Times Leader.