The Mississippi Advanced Metalworking Centers for Excellence were formed in 2009 as the result of a unique partnership of government agencies, private companies, and educational institutions.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor with the goal of creating a demand-driven workforce system that meets the needs of Mississippi's growing economy. The Centers for Excellence will address the specific training requirements of advanced manufacturing and construction with emphasis on metal-related trades, including welding, pipefitting, and machining.

The Centers serve an 18-county region in southern Mississippi through programs offered by Jones County Junior College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Pearl River Community College. Expert training is provided, offering national certification to American Welding Society (AWS) or National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards.

This outreach effort has real quality-of-life benefits for Mississippians who can capitalize on the opportunity to move into higher-paying careers. At the same time, the state will be better able to align qualified workers with both existing companies and new prospects.