Workforce Training

Community College Workforce Development Programs

East Central Community College (ECCC) provides general and customized workforce training to meet the specialized needs of industry as well as the more general needs of residents:

  • Preemployment training to help learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed before employment with a company. Businesses often select employees from these classes.
  • Postemployment training to help employees acquire technical skills using specialized equipment in settings that often cannot be simulated outside the industrial facility. Company personnel are often engaged as instructors, and training continues until the new employee can work independently.
  • Upgrade training to prepare an individual for advancement in responsibilities or job classification. This type of training is unique to the industries served and covers a wide range of topics.
  • Retraining to enable employees to gain new skills needed in response to changes in production processes or technologies.
  • Development of Training Materials for use by businesses and industries. In collaboration with the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University, the ECCC workforce development coordinator oversees the development of training manuals, videos, and CDs customized to the individual industry.

Training is also available to help supervisors improve skills in communication, problem solving, fact-based decision making, motivation, team building, managing change, and related topics.

WIN Job Centers
Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Network (WIN) offers a one-stop approach to employment and training services, serving employers and job seekers alike. It brings together available federal, state, and local workforce programs and services and makes them readily accessible via WIN Job Centers and Internet sites.

Training Facilities
East Central Mississippi Community College
(601) 635-2111
Post Office Box 129
Decatur, MS 31327

Win Job Center
Tuesday - Wednesday
1016 Saxon-Airport Road • Suite 104
Philadelphia, MS 39350

Monday, Thursday and Friday
202 - C.O. Brooks St.
Carthage, MS 39051

Philadelphia-Neshoba County Vo-Tech Center
( 601) 656-8544

Each center provides easy access to services in the areas of employment, education, training, human services, and economic development.

Services for Employers
• access to a database of qualified workers
• assistance in writing job descriptions
• Internet access for posting job listings and reviewing resumes
• recruitment and screening of job candidates
• proficiency testing of employees
• information about on-the-job training programs
• training of new employees
• up-to-date information on the labor market and wages
• information about Work Opportunity Tax Credits
• notices of upcoming job fairs
• guidance and forms for filing a NAFTA or Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) petition
• information about Rapid Response services in case of layoffs
• information on NAFTA and TAA benefits for employees

Services for Job Seekers
• career and aptitude assessment
• assistance with job searches and placement
• Internet access for use in posting resumes and conducting job searches
• access to office equipment such as computers, a copier, and a fax machine
• use of resume preparation software
• tips on successful interviewing
• labor market information
• career assistance for veterans and ex-offenders
• information on the Workforce Investment Act core, intensive, and training services
• information on unemployment insurance benefits
• information on NAFTA and TAA benefits for employees
• referrals to sources of workforce training
• guidance on obtaining assistance with math and reading skills
• information and referrals for child care, transportation, and other support services
• referrals to rehabilitation services when needed


Incentive Resources

Mississippi Tax Incentives, Exemptions and Credits (PDF)

All state tax incentives, grants and loan programs

North Mississippi Industrial Development Association

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Community Development Partnership
256 W. Beacon Street
Philadelphia, MS 39350