Another First At Former Big Yank Building
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WATER VALLEY – Monday marked another milestone for Everest, the state’s first Rural Education and Innovation Hub, as Northwest Mississippi Community College (NWCC) launched the first workforce training class at the new compaus in Water Valley. Taught by Forrest Bryan, the residential electrical wiring class will meet twice a week for eight weeks.
NWCC took possession of 18,000 square feet in the former industrial building in September following a $5 million renovation spearheaded by Base Camp Coding Academy, a local non-profit that purchased the building and utilizes space inside to train students to become software programmers.
NWCC President Dr. Heindl reported the college will offer career and technical programs, non-credit work force training, healthcare training and an adult education center at the new location. Some of the classes are expected to start in January when the spring semester gets underway.
“What a wonderful a place to offer training here in Water Valley for local people,” Bryan explained. “Used to we only offered classes like this at our Senatobia location. You would have to drive from Water Valley to attend one of these classes.”
The class is capped at five, as Bryan explained the instruction includes working with live electricity. The classroom has residential training structures inside that include a replica of a wall with a meter base, outlets and wiring. Bryan also reported the first class is full.
Enrollies in the non-credit residential wiring class included David Jones, who recently moved to Water Valley. Jones explained his interest in the class stemmed from projects he has planned at a house he purchased in the community after moving from Memphis.
“I want to make sure I am doing it correctly, I don’t want to burn the house down,” Jones explained.