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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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