Pearl River Community College has been awarded $1.7 million in grants from Accelerate MS and the Mississippi Office of Workforce Development.
The primary goal of the grants will be to create a talent pipeline that local businesses and industries can use to overcome workforce challenges that began during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is seed money for our future,” PRCC President Adam Breerwood said. “We have positioned ourselves to change the face of this area when it comes to workforce training. We are incredibly excited to receive these grants to expand student opportunities.”
Governor Tate Reeves also expressed his excitement for PRCC.
“I am so excited about this announcement today,” Reeves said. “It’s all about economic development, all about bringing jobs to the state. I am so optimistic about where we are heading. PRCC gets it right when it comes to workforce development.”
What can a $1.7 million workforce development grant get you???
A heck of a lot of healthcare, supply chain, and advanced manufacturing training at Pearl River Community College!
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) July 14, 2022
$1,105,423.02 will go towards strengthening the local supply chain so that employers have the workforce they need to produce and distribute goods. The remaining $671,275.31 will be used to address healthcare professionals and staff shortages. The grants will also allow for the purchase of new, cutting-edge equipment as well as aid in instructional costs and tuition assistance for qualified students.