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FedEx Contributes to the New Workforce Development Facility

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Showing their support to meeting the growing workforce needs of our community, FedEx is a supporting contributor toward the College’s new Workforce Development Facility.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert said, "FedEx is always there supporting our community, and this project is truly a community effort. This building when completed will enable more individuals in the Mid-South to learn critical manufacturing and industrial job skills."

A Workforce Investment Analysis has shown more than 4,000 advanced manufacturing jobs coming to Memphis through 2018. Furthermore, more than 40 percent of the workforce is expected to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. The Industrial Readiness Training (IRT) program and associated technical programs provide the local workforce the necessary training to meet growing manufacturing demands and to be technologically competitive.

Thus far more than 561 individuals have completed the IRT program and more than 65 percent were immediately hired, and the others are actively involved in a hiring process with a company offering a livable wage. Prior to the class the majority of the students would not be considered by companies who offer positions that pay a livable wage.

The College will design and build a 12,000 to 15,000 square foot, two-story facility conveniently located on the Macon Cove Campus. The facility will be used to expand and improve our Industrial Readiness Training (IRT) program and other related technical programs.

If you are interested in donating to this project, please contact Rose Landey at 901-333-4997, or go to our Online Giving page to make a gift and donate now. Naming opportunities are available.