Workforce & Training
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is business friendly. Located in a right-to-work state, with a highly-skilled workforce available and two college systems located in our region, we are ready to meet the needs of your company.
Mississippi provides access to statewide workforce training programs through the Workforce Education Program (WEP) with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and Pearl River Community College (PRCC) to guarantee new and expanding companies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast access to a readily available workforce with the necessary skill sets to get the job done. Working directly with companies to develop a training platform specific to your needs, MGCCC and PRCC will also coordinate with the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) to provide funding for any non-traditional programs that may be necessary. Examples of current programs being offered are:
- Welding and Cutting
- Precision Manufacturing
- Aviation Structures Mechanic
- Mechanical Maintenance
- Instrumentation and Control Technology
The Mississippi Works Fund provides additional training resources for new jobs created by economic development projects in Mississippi. The new $50 million training fund is administered by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Companies creating new jobs can be eligible for up to $500,000 annually for their workforce training needs.
Additionally, Mississippi State University (MSU), home of the state’s premier engineering programs, is partnered with MGCCC to offer a two-year degree program for engineering, identical to the program offered at the main campus. Other educational partners include the Center for Higher Learning, the University of Southern Mississippi (U.S.M) and the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI), a premier polymer research facility.