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Madison County can offer pre-employment training, post-employment training, and upgrade-retraining services, tailored to suit new or existing industries. Training programs are provided and administered by Mississippi community colleges, in cooperation with the State Department of Education’s Industrial Services Bureau.

In Madison County, the Ridgeland campus of Holmes Community College is responsible for providing training services. Pre-employment training programs can be conducted at the plant site, at the community or junior college campus, in a mobile unit, or at another designated facility.

Instructor costs are reimbursable and negotiated on an individual project basis. The length of the pre-employment training is also negotiable, but typically conforms to the accepted training standard and practice of the industry. Costs for training materials in the pre-employment training program may also be reimbursed as part of the negotiated agreement.

Services available through this program include:

  • Job analysis
  • Assistance with development of long-range training plans
  • Workplace basic skills
  • Industry-specific pre-employment training
  • Pre- and post-employment screening, testing, and training
  • Customized skills training
  • Total Quality Management
  • Management, supervision, and leadership training
  • Advanced skills training
  • Custom-designed training manuals and multi-media aids.

Upon completion of the pre-employment training program, the employer has the option of choosing the candidates to be retained for employment. The costs of the training program may vary depending upon the type of training requested. The cost of each program is negotiated based on required training needs of each industry. Custom-designed training manuals and multi-media training aids are available as a part of the industrial training program.

Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Working in conjunction with the State of Mississippi’s workforce training program, the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is used to assist new and existing companies with the retraining of displaced workers. In the WIA program, employers may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of wages for new workers for up to six months. When participants complete the training and enter unsubsidized employment, the employer may realize additional savings through a tax credit available under the Targeted Job Tax Credit Program. WIA assistance is provided through the Mississippi Development Authority. Information about WIA offices closest to Madison County is listed below.


Central Mississippi Planning & Development District
PO Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39296

WIN Job Centers Near Madison County:

Madison County WIN Job Center
152 Watford Parkway Drive
Canton, Mississippi 39046
Jackson WIN Job Center
5959 I-55 Frontage Road
Suite C
Jackson, Mississippi 39213

Pearl WIN Job Center
212 St. Paul Street
Pearl, Mississippi 39208-5134

OJT Process:

  • Contact Shelia Cole-Johnson at the Madison County WIN Job Center to schedule OJT Eligibility Interview (601) 407-2453
  • If not registered, complete an online MDES WINGS Registration prior to appointment ( - applicants - employment services - create new user)
  • Applicants should bring the following with them to the interview:
    • Photo ID (Driver’s license/State issued ID card)
    •  Social Security Card or Birth Certificate or Passport
    • Proof of Residency, if the address on the photo id is not accurate (utility bill, lease, etc.)
    • Documentation of any public assistance (food stamps, TANF, Medicaid, etc.)
    • Documentation of previous or current unemployment benefits received
    • Last check stub if he/she has worked within the past 12 months, if available.
    • Layoff notice, if applicable
    • Resume, if developed.

Workforce Training Facilities:

Holmes Community College Workforce

CAVS Extension


MDES/WIN Job Center in Madison County

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