MCC Getting $900,000 Grant

Meridian Community College has been approved to receive a grant of almost $900,000 for workforce education.

The money will be used to train eligible workers for jobs in computer support technology and health information technology.

College officials say the money will provide training to make people better qualified for jobs in high-tech fields that are projected to continue growing.

"Specifically in the areas of information technology, computer skills, and in an added plus, they'll be able to earn what is called stackable credentials, which is multiple credentials that they'll be able to earn and then take back to the workplace," said Dr. Richie McAlister, associate vice-president for workforce training. "And then will make them more competitive in today's workforce world."

The University of West Alabama has received a similar grant of $2.1 million, also for workforce training.