The Southcentral Mississippi Works region was awarded a $5 million MCOT Technical Skills Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is funded from the user fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H1-B non-immigrant visa program. This workforce initiative, named the Mississippi Careers of Tomorrow (MCOT) project, is designed to address current workforce skill gaps so that substantial numbers of skilled, MCOT level jobs can be added to the regional economy and hundreds of unemployed or underemployed individuals can be placed in higher level occupations.
The OJT training available under the grant is not limited to any specific industry or employment sized company, but rather to the highly technical information technology and advanced manufacturing/engineering occupations that are common place in today’s manufacturing and service industries. Only private-for profit sector employers who utilize the targeted occupations may participate in this project; no trainees may be placed with public sector employers. Any employer who meets the criteria and needs to fill the targeted occupations has the ability to access these OJT training funds. For additional information, click here.
Mississippi is an innovator in the development and implementation of The Workforce Education Program designed to help provide companies with the productive workforce they need via partnerships with local community colleges and working with the WIN Job Centers. Greater Jackson has three community colleges that offer custom job-training programs to companies, which are provided at little or no cost to the companies. Greater Jackson also has a comprehensive educational system of universities and colleges that offer degree-granting programs, vocational and technical training, and specialized courses of study.