Everybody loves a comeback. It’s a compelling story when anyone sets a goal and achieves it. Otherwise, why would there be so many Rocky movies? Seriously. There are six.

If you’re unemployed right now, have a job but you’d like to move ahead, or simply want a change, there are lots of opportunities in the Golden Triangle to stage your own comeback.

All of our local educational institutions are quickly adapting to provide more accessible distance methods and offer online options for existing and new programs. Most of these programs can be completed while still working.

Here are some places to find out more information:


East Mississippi Community College

EMCC’s Workforce Services division offers several programs in a combination online and lab-based format, for flexibility, for anyone wishing to enter the healthcare field. Courses starting in July include Pharmacy Technician, Medical Coding, Phlebotomy and Certified Nursing Assistant. Contact EMCC Workforce Services at 662.243.2686.

For manufacturing programs with a quick turnaround, the Workforce Services division offers a number of certifications and courses. These programs are designed to supply existing manufacturers and have flexible online and hands on training options. Manufacturing Skills Basic, Composites, OSHA Certifications, GEDs and more industry-specific options are available. Contact the Communiversity at 662.243.1803.


Mississippi University for Women

The W’s Office for Education and Outreach offers courses for anyone interested in entering the teaching profession. Mississippi has suspended testing requirements for teacher licenses until next year. People with degrees or credit towards degrees may now be qualified for a teaching license in Mississippi without taking the PRAXIS or any required exam, and can work towards their certification. Call 662-329-7191 or visit

The W also offers a number of online or blended options ranging from professional business certificates to doctoral nursing degrees. For more information on MUW’s online programs, visit


Mississippi State University

MSU is offering their Summer Advantage Online program, where they’ve streamlined online course offerings from nearly every discipline in their institution. For more information, visit

MSU recently signed agreements with a number of community colleges, including EMCC, to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. This pathway is intended for adults who have completed a technical associate’s degree program through a community college or the military and need additional education to advance their careers. This degree can be earned through distance or in-person classes, with the flexibility to keep you on track no matter where you’re learning.  Visit to learn more.


There are scholarship options for all of these programs utilizing existing WIOA funds and new funds from the Education Stabilization Fund created by the CARES Act. There is a tremendous amount of support available in the form of scholarships, grants and dedicated staff whose passion it is to help people reach their potential. Many of these programs are offered at no cost to the student.

And just for a little added motivation, below is some average pay data for a few of the major employment sectors in the Golden Triangle for which programs and training are available:

Field Examples

Average Annual Wages


Roofer, Driver-Operator, Cost Estimator



Educational Services

Teacher Assistant, Secondary Education, Post-Secondary Instructor


Health Care and Social Assistance

CNA, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner






Technician, Supervisor, Electrician




Data source: JobsEQ, 2019 Q4


If you’ve been considering moving up, now may be the time to get some extra help starting.

When you move into a better job, you also create an opportunity for someone to move into your old job. Achieving your own goals also paves a way for someone else to follow the same path forward. Moving people up the wage ladder is what we’re trying to do every day by creating opportunities that provide stable, long-term careers.

If you’re still not sure, watch Rocky IV. That should do it.

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  • The Golden Triangle region has offered us a very energetic workforce with a great work ethic. There has been an abundant supply of laborers and skilled candidates, all willing to learn. Through various resources in the area we have always found what we needed and our employees are dedicated to the success of our plant.

    Ray Hamer

    Human Resources Director, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division

  • The workforce in Mississippi is exceptional. I’ve hired many veterans that worked in aviation during their military careers and moved back home to the Golden Triangle area. Airbus was able to use their skill sets and put them to work building multi-million dollar aircraft. The training that EMCC offers was so valuable to us, because they enabled our people to be trained in a variety of disciplines. This allowed for some of our people that had no aviation skills to be trained and hired as apprentices and grew our work force development program. People drive up to 75 miles to work for Airbus, demonstrating the work ethic and commitment of the men and women who live in Mississippi. We are very grateful for the caliber of people we are able to work with.

    Rob Boman

    Head of HR, Environment, Health & Safety

  • The PACCAR Engine Company continues to enjoy great success in hiring, training, and keeping local talent. From Assembly Operators associates, Machining Operators, to Craft Technicians, we have experienced a positive and dedicated workforce willing to learn new skills. Attracting quality new associates has not been an issue with us, but we face the same nation-wide challenges in finding associates with skilled trades. We are pleased for the results we have achieved by locating our facilities here.

    Mike Arzamendi

    Communication & Training Manager

  • They’re [GTR LINK] very responsive to companies and their needs for getting questions answers and providing data and resources.

    Alan Easome

    Senior Director, New Plant Development, Yokohama Corporation of North America

  • This is a very business friendly area and the LINK is an excellent resource staffed with very passionate people that also know their business extremely well and they’re creative. They understand the need for speed and necessity to minimize upfront costs of building or expanding a business. As a result, GTR LINK has been very successful in bringing good manufacturing jobs to the Golden Triangle Region.

    Madhu Ranade

    General Manager and Vice President at Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division