The Workforce Development and Training Program at ICC provides a variety of opportunities and services for business, industry, government andcommunity organizations, including the following:
- Customized training programs
- Facilities and training support
- Non-credit training transcripts
- Tax credit certification
- Resource access and consulting services
- Public classes in partnership with the Community Development Foundation
- Training provider for the furniture industry in partnership with CDF and Mississippi State University
State training projects provide more than $1 million each year in reimbursements to area organizations to offset their training expenses. The WD&T program is a cost-effective way to improve the area workforce as a result of the state's commitment to support this program and each company's contribution. Partnering to share costs creates a winning situation for both the companies and the state.
Documentation of all training is required in accordance with state guidelines. Meeting customer needs while balancing accountability procedures is paramount to the success of this program. For more information concerning Workforce Development and Training, contact Denise Gillespie at 662.407.1533.
Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification
No place in today's economy do we find that the skills needed to do a job are changing faster than they are in the manufacturing world. ICC's Workforce Development and Training Division strives to help business and industry keep up in this ever-changing world. The Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification program is designed to provide a better, more educated pool of applicants for production and general manufacturing positions.
- OSHA Safety
- Blueprint Reading
- CPR Training
- Precision Measurement, Basic Math and Metric
- High-Performance Manufacturing
- Career Readiness Certificate
- WorkKeys Employment System
MindLeaders Non-Credit On-Line Training
Many non-credit online training opportunities (particularly in the area of computer skills) are now available through a MindLeaders program. To view the MindLeaders catalog, go to http://www.mindleaders.com/ and click Catalog. If company sponsorship (of individuals) is desired, contact your project specialist. If you are not affiliated with a company or if you are a company which is not affiliated with ICC's Workforce Development and Training Division, call Lee Oswalt at 662.407.1521 for more information.
The Workforce Development and Training staff members assist business and industry with pre-employment activities, which may include recruiting as well as testing and training of prospective employees (provided such activities may be conducted in large enough groups). Pre-employment activities can be customized for a particular business or industry's needs.
An early intervention service offered to businesses and workers affected by major layoffs and plant closing, Rapid Response is the first step to assist workers facing a job loss. The Rapid Response Team, including representatives of local and state agencies such as the community college, WIN Job Center, Department of Human Services and others, meets with workers to provide information about services and programs available as they transition to a new job. The team responds to WARN by official notice received by the State DWU or Non-WARN through media coverage, company contacts, local contacts, etc. Contact the local program coordinator at 662.407.1521.
Tax Credit for Training Assistance
The Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 57-73-25, as amended, provides for employer income tax credit for certain employee training programs. Workforce Development Center staff can provide a copy of this code to interested companies. However, should a company decide to pursue the usage of the tax credit, it is the responsibility of that company to maintain all documentation relative to the auditing of such credit. Qualified training programs include basic academic skills training in reading, writing and mathematics up to the twelfth grade level and retraining programs that lead to opportunities for employee advancement. This training must be delivered through one of Mississippi's 15 community colleges.