MDOC Works unveils Mobile Welding Simulator Training Center to empower inmates for successful reentry

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JANS – MDOC Works announced the inauguration of its Mobile Welding Simulator Training Center, set to revolutionize vocational training for incarcerated individuals in the Appalachian Region of northeast Mississippi. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 24 at Build Mississippi, located at 5165 Old Brandon Road, Pearl.

The centerpiece of this initiative is the provision of a fully-equipped Mobile Welding Simulator Classroom trailer. This innovative tool will be utilized by certified inmate instructors to deliver NCCER Core and Welding Level 1 classes at various correctional facilities, including the MDOC correctional facility in Marshall County, Noxubee Community Work Center, and regional facilities in Alcorn, Chickasaw, Kemper, and Winston counties in northeast Mississippi.

MDOC Works aims to empower individuals with industry-recognized credentials, equipping them with the skills necessary for gainful employment upon release. Annually, up to 60 inmates who are scheduled to be released within six to 12 months will benefit from this program, significantly enhancing their prospects for successful reintegration into society.

Bradley Lum, MDOC Works CEO and MDOC Deputy Corrections Commissioner for Workforce Development, expressed gratitude for the support received from Governor Reeves and MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain. 

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MDOC Works unveils Mobile Welding Simulator Training Center to empower inmates for successful reentry

By Jackson Advocate News Service
June 10, 2024