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State Workforce Development Board

Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board
Les Range, Executive Director - Mississippi
Department of Employment Security
1235 Echelon Parkway
Jackson, MS 39213
Phone: 601-321-6107
Fax: 601-321-6004
Email: lrange@mdes.ms.gov

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Align and fully utilize the K-12, Community College, Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and private sector workforce training systems to drive economic development.
  2. Promote Regional Sector Strategies to engage businesses in defining training needs.
  3. The Mississippi legislature will be considering legislation this year to establish the State Longitudinal Data System that will provide stakeholders and policymakers access to data on state residents from birth to the workforce to drive accountability and investment decisions.

Fast Facts

  • Invests more "On-the-Job Training" money than most other states and annually performs in the top five of all states in providing federal "On-the-Job Training" dollars to train and employ workers.
  • Annually serves hundreds of thousands of businesses and workers.
  • Provides services in person, by telephone and online.
  • Accepted more than 28,000 applications for Toyota jobs online by January 2011.
  • Had an unemployment insurance trust fund balance of $352 million as of November 2010.
  • Used federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Family funds to establish Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services project, commonly called STEPS.
  • Used STEPS program to help 1,304 employers put 3,236 Mississippians to work. At the end of STEPS, 1,641 retained their jobs.
  • Has transferred $127 million to the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges to provide workforce training since the establishment of the Workforce Enhancement Training Fund, commonly called the WET Fund.

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