A new program has been launched at Virginia College in Jackson. With a ribbon cutting leaders say they are also helping to cut down on unemployment.
The program will provide hands on training and real-life technical skills to help graduates get and keep jobs in heating and air conditioning.
Members of the media and community were given a hard hat tour of the new 2,922 square foot build out. Inside students can work with the equipment and tools they need to be competitive in the job market.
"With the state of Mississippi's unemployment rate going up this is one of those programs that you can come in and get a hands on approach for one year in heating and air conditioning and walk out of here with a degree that is going to help you get a job in heating and air conditioning," said Virginia College President Milton Anderson.
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians can earn up to 35 dollars an hour.