Southeast Mississippi's network of 5 community colleges provide essential support to Mississippi's workforce and its employers through a wide spectrum of education and training programs. Many of these programs provide opportunities for individuals to earn national industry certifications and/or licensure.
Categories of training available include:
• Pre-Employment Training: Helps companies identify productive workers. The local community college provides basic instruction to applicants over the course of several weeks. Companies use this time to identify productive workers and hire only those who best meet the company's needs.
• Train-the-Trainer Training: Reimburses companies for travel costs associated with training employees in a specialty not offered by a local community college. This training is contingent on the employee training others at the company in these specialty skills.
• Applicant Assessment: Helps companies assess basic applicant skill levels. A local community college can offer this service.
• Customized Training: Develops specialized curricula for specific business needs. Community college trainers develop and lead the training.
• Customized Industry-Based Training: Assists companies in securing a training provider when a college does not provide the training.
The community colleges also oversee Mississippi's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) program, which determines a job seeker's ability in three main skills: graphic literacy, workplace documents and applied math. The ACT, through its WorkKeys™ Occupational Profile Database, selected these skills as important for more than 85% of jobs across all industries. Through the NCRC, employers can identify individuals best suited for their available jobs.
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