Workforce Pipeline

The Golden Triangle is training your future workforce now. 

In addition to its programming, the state-of-the-art Communiversity will house STEM-focused interactive areas for student tours, provide space for on-site partner projects with MSU and incubator space for start-up manufacturers. Students K-12 will be encouraged to tour the facility through ongoing programming from grade levels, STEM competitions and career exploration opportunities.

The Early Workforce Development Initiative outlines the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s goals to increase opportunities for high school students looking to enter the local workforce and to create a pipeline of skilled individuals in the region.  There are three prevailing goals for the initiative:

-              Increase testing and certification programs offered as part of the high school curriculum.

-              Increase industry identified coursework offered as part of the high school curriculum.

-              Develop industrial apprenticeship and/or internship programs for high school students. 

Students in all public high schools in the region are offered the ACT WorkKeys assessment to attain their National Career Readiness Certification. By the end of 2020, the Golden Triangle will provide this assessment to every high school senior in the region, producing 500 NCRC’s annually.

All three counties in the region are currently in pursuit of their ACT WorkReady Certification.

Industries like PACCAR Engine Co., and Aurora Flight Sciences currently offer co-op programs for area collegiate students, cultivating quality employees from an existing pool of educated students. 

The Golden Triangle Early College High School is a partnership among EMCC, the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi State University. Nationwide, there are more than 200 ECHS programs, but Golden Triangle ECHS is the first of its kind in Mississippi. 

This comprehensive, four-year program opened at East Mississippi Community College’s Mayhew campus in August 2015, when it admitted 61 ninth-graders from Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties. A new class of 60 freshmen will be admitted for the fall 2016 semester.


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Featured News

September 30, 2016 | GTRLINK, EMCC and Area High Schools Ink WorkKeys Grant Program Agreement

June 23, 2016 | Early College High School grows in second year

May 14, 2015 | Golden Triangle students perform well on WorkKeys test

  • The big decision for Airbus Helicopters, Inc., to come to Columbus was low tax base, the land was not expensive, you have a very talented pool of employees to pick from and the State of MS was very accommodating on us coming here. Several Industries have followed us and they’ve all been successful.

    Rob Boman

    Director/Site Manager, Airbus Helicopters, Columbus, Mississippi