Workforce Training

Workforce Training in Mississippi

Mississippi’s community colleges and universities offer a variety of workforce training programs designed to keep Mississippi’s workers competitive and up-to-date with modern technology and techniques. WIN Job Centers are located throughout the state and provide employment and training services for both job seekers and businesses.

WIN Job Centers

The Workforce Investment Network (WIN) in Mississippi operates a system of over 60 WIN Job Centers throughout the state. Each center is a one-stop resource for employment and training services for businesses and job seekers. The WIN Job Centers are funded through federal Workforce Investment Act (PL 105-220) funds and funds from other federal, state and local partners.

Mississippi Community Colleges

Mississippi’s community colleges offer workforce training for businesses and individuals with the goal of providing a loyal and productive workforce for participating companies. The State Board for Community and Junior Colleges and the state’s 15 community and junior colleges administer the Workforce Enhancement Training Fund (MS Code §71-5-353). This fund provides for a custom job training program designed and carried out in partnership with the company through the local community/junior colleges.

Mississippi’s community colleges also offer basic work skills, advanced work skills, pre-employment training, safety and health training, short-term training, retraining, upgrade training and rapid response training. Staff at the community colleges can assist with finding instructors, development of curricula, and more. All training includes both classroom lectures and a hands-on approach.

Mississippi Corridor Consortium (MCC) Existing Industry Training Program

Composed of East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, and Northwest Mississippi Community College, the Consortium pools the knowledge, resources, and facilities available at each college to provide training to existing employees of companies within the Consortium area. Courses focus on high-cost training that will result in an immediate improvement in employee skills and are provided at no cost to the company.

Classes include

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical Drives
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • RS Logix
  • Panel View/Panel Builder
  • Allen Bradely PLC
  • Welding
  • Workplace Design
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Machining Program
  • Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification

Division of Manufacturing Technology and Engineering

East Mississippi Community College runs the Division of Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, which is located at the Golden Triangle Campus in Mayhew.

Advanced manufacturing skills includes:

  • Avionics and cabling
  • Basic machining
  • Bassic manufacturing skills
  • CNC operation
  • Composite manufacturing
  • Intermediate manufacturing skills
  • Mechatronics
  • Precision assembly
  • Robotis
  • Sheet metal and riveting

Modern Multi-skilled Manufacturing includes instruction in

  • M3 Production level I and II certificate
  • M3 Advanced production certificate
  • M3 Advanced production skills

Technical Training includes

  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • HVAC
  • Machining skills
  • Construction skills
  • Electrical training
  • AutoCAD

Manufacturing Solutions Center

Itawamba Community College runs the recently renovated WIN Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) which is located at the Belden Center. The Center offers customized manufacturing workforce training to meet industry needs, an assessment center to assist industry with finding qualified workers, and technical and career programs.

Technical and Career Programs include

  • Welding
  • EMT
  • Idustrial maintenance
  • Electrical technology
  • HVAC

University of Mississippi (UM)

Professional and Workforce Development (PWD)

Workforce and Professional Training
PWD offers workforce development programs to individuals and businesses. Workforce training for businesses may be offered on site or at the university’s campus.

Online Professional Training
Online professional development courses are offered through Ed2Go Online and American Management Association (AMA) Online.

Education and Training for Displaced Workers
In conjunction with the local Mississippi WIN Job Centers, eligible displaced workers may obtain undergraduate and graduate level education or certification in a variety of fields offered at one of UM’s five campuses. Applications must be submitted to WIN Job Centers for approval.

Center for Manufacturing Excellence

Founded by the University of Mississippi and state of Mississippi in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the “Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) opened in 2010 and focuses on cultivating future leaders in modern manufacturing.

Education Program
The undergraduate education program provides a cross-disciplinary approach to modern manufacturing through the departments of engineering, accounting, and business.

Four degree programs are offered:

  • Bachelor of Engineering, emphasis in Manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, emphasis in Manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, emphasis in Engineering Manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Accountancy, emphasis in Engineering Manufacturing.

The CME building has 47,000 square feet of lab space, classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and a factory floor. The 12,000-square foot factory floor has three main manufacturing lines for wood, plastic, and metal, a central assembly area, and a final finishing area.

CME Leadership
The CME is led by an Advisory Board composed of representatives from the manufacturing industry and the public sector.

Future Plans

  • Development of a graduate program
  • Workforce education programs
  • Industry-focused research projects

Mississippi State University (MSU)

Online Professional Development Courses

The Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education at MSU offers online career training programs through Ed2Go. These programs include classes categorized as business and professional and skilled trades and industrial.

Career and Technology Centers

The state’s career and technology centers provide skills and vocational training for high school students and many offer night classes for adults.