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Episode #001

Automotive Manufacturing

Air date 01/06/11 | CC
Host: Kerri Courtney

Host Kerri Courtney visits Nissan Automotive in Canton and learns about the company’s job opportunities in the Quality Control and Industrial Maintenance departments. She visits Holmes Community College in Ridgeland and looks into their workforce development program that trains potential employees and provides professional development for employees of companies like Nissan and Systems Electro Coating in Madison. She also takes a ride to Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and finds out what it takes to get a more advance degreed in automotive technology.



Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS)partners with the government, trained professionals and brilliant, influential students- a trifecta that is bound for engineering greatness. This center is fueled by research, complex problems and technology teams that give answers to today’s problems.

CAVS is complimentary to formal learning inside the classroom. Students in the field of Automotives, Manufacturing Design and Cooperative Computing put their knowledge straight to use. Over 60 industry partners allow students to be trained and contribute ideas on all different levels.

Holmes Community College D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center 
With a cost of $8.5 million, this facility is full blown to benefit all sides of the community. Students are offered 50,000 square feet of hands-on education and experience.



Dream It. Do It. Mississippi
“Dream It. Do It. Mississippi” (DiDi) is sponsored by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. The program is aimed to get Mississippi residents focused on their career and present them with a chance. Ambition comes from within, but the opportunities are on the outside. DiDi is a solution to community problems. It benefits businesses and future members of the workforce or those simply looking for more experience in manufacturing, security, and administration. Funded by grants and pursued by inspiration, the U.S. Department of Labor and other supporters urge Mississippians to take a chance and “Do It!” 


Nissan North America
Nissan North America has three primary production sites in the United States: Georgia, Tennessee and, most recently, Canton, Mississippi. Nissan of Canton has been a significant advancement for the Southeastern region ever since. The car corporation has a knack for bringing the muscle with flair of elegance. From the Altima, Quest, Titan and Nissan Infiniti, the production capacity for this Southern site is booming.

Systems Electro Coating
Systems Electro Coating is focused on improving an original. Their services range from Mercedes-Benz to antique car parts. 160,000 truck frames are coated annually with traditional technology that has been enhanced with a sleek touch of perfection. SEC’s wide range of services keep them set apart, but their customer service also keeps them ahead.