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Mississippi Workforce Training Program

Leake County can offer new and existing industry custom designed pre-employment training, post-employment training, and upgrade-retraining services. These programs are available through the Industrial Services Bureau of the State Department of Education in conjunction with the community/junior college system.

The local industrial training coordinator in each community or junior college district is responsible for the administration, planning, and coordination of all industrial training projects funded by the State Department of Education in that district. The Mississippi Community and Junior College System operates 15 community and junior colleges in 36 centers across the state. Business and industry in Leake County utilize the facilities and workforce training expertise at East Central Community College


The pre-employment training program 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.

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