MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College is pleased to announce its Electric Utility Lineman Trainee Class graduation ceremony on Wed., May 4 at 10:30 a.m. at its Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center in Indianola.

The workforce training program is a 16-week hands-on program that prepares individuals for entry-level lineman positions. It teaches participants every aspect of the career, such as proper climbing skills and keeping safety their top priority when working.

For more information, contact John Conrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 887-2876 ext. 14.

MDCC welcomes new Capps Center leader

  • Wednesday, 23 March 2016 08:04

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Mississippi Delta Community College is excited to welcome its new Vice President of Workforce Todd Donald to the Trojan family. The Alabama native, who will be housed in the MDCC Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center, touts an impressive resume holding 26 years of experience in leadership, budget management, recruitment, curriculum development, workforce training, structural pipefitting, structural pipe welding and production and cost monitoring.

He is eager to get his feet wet serving the Delta region and says he plans to first reach out to current businesses and satisfy their needs to help them succeed and grow. He then looks forward to expanding resources.

“We have to satisfy the skill level the existing businesses are expecting, so we have to get that done first,” says Donald.

Donald also wants to focus on developing the skills of the rural population by providing more training opportunities.

“One of the ideas I have in mind for some of the rural communities is possibly setting up remote craft training,” he says.

“So whether people have to travel to Greenville or Louisiana or Texas to find work, they’ll bring that money back to the community.”

Donald and his wife Ashley have been married for over 10 years and have four children, Megan, 23, Nathan, 18, Hailey, 8, and 5-year-old Kaelyn.

The Capps Center is a division of MDCC located in Indianola that provides customized training, education and skills improvement to new and existing businesses and industries within the Mississippi Delta service area.

The Capps Center's 30,000 square feet physical plant houses an office wing, a seminar room, food preparation area, and four high bay areas that occupy a total of 8,000 square feet of training space for mechanical, electrical, process and assembly skills. Classroom space, three computer labs, and a distance-learning lab complete the accommodations available in the Capps Center.

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Clois Hill, Energi Insurance Services’ regional safety manager for the southern region, instructs commercial truck driver Reggie Daves with Scott Petroleum.

Advanced safety training for 150 of Scott Petroleum’s commercial truck drivers was recently held at MDCC’s Capps Center.

The course, taught by Scott Petroleum and Energi Insurance Services’ personnel, included both classroom training and hands-on training utilizing Energi’s Mobile Training Center. The mobile training center is a computer-based driving simulator generating real-life graphics and three high definition screens offering both forward and side window views for the trainee. The program includes realistic driving scenarios that could be encountered by delivery trucks ranging in size from three-quarter-ton flat beds to tractor-trailer rigs to fuel haulers.

Each driver undergoing the safety training was put through the simulator with the corresponding truck he or she drives daily. City and country driving conditions also were included in the programming with various driving situations specifically tailored for those driving a loaded rig.

John Conrad, MDCC's Capps Center training project coordinator, says, "Energi provides insurance solutions for various segments of the energy industry. They provided their mobile training simulator to improve safety training for clients of Energi Insurance Services."

Capps Center Welcomes Kimberly Gatewood

  • Wednesday, 09 April 2014 03:49

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Kimberly Gatewood has joined the staff at the Capps Technology Center in Indianola, Miss., as a Workforce Investment Act counselor and rapid response coordinator.

"Her experience at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security with job seekers and business representatives will ensure a smooth transition to her new responsibilities at the Capps Technology Center. We welcome Kim to our team," says Dru Morgan, director of workforce education.