MDA Promotes Careers of Tomorrow Project

Two men in class training

Jackson, Miss. – (September 19, 2013) The Mississippi Development Authority is partnering with Central Mississippi Planning & Development District to promote the Mississippi Careers of Tomorrow project. In 2012 CMPDD received a $5 million Technical Skills Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The workforce initiative is designed to address current workforce skill gaps in technical and professional jobs in the state. Through MCOT, funds to offset some of the cost of training new employees in fields such as network and computer systems administrators, computer software engineers, database administrators, mechanical, industrial, electrical, and civil engineers and industrial production managers.
According to Clarke Holmes, CEO for CMPDD, “The MCOT program is uniquely different from the usual federally-funded training programs in that it provides training and employment opportunities for individuals in higher level IT and engineering occupations.”
The MCOT On-the-Job Training opportunities focus on the highly technical occupations that are common place in today’s manufacturing and service industries. Most of the targeted occupations generally require a post-secondary education in order to meet the employer’s hiring criteria. Participating businesses must agree to hire and provide training which is over and above the individual’s post-secondary education and will in turn be reimbursed in an amount not to exceed $7,500 per trainee for large employers and $10,000 per trainee for small employers. Any private non-profit, or private sector for-profit business that employs individuals in the targeted advanced manufacturing and information technology occupations may apply for MCOT OJT funding.
MDA is helping to provide MCOT information to its partners, the economic development community and businesses. MDA’s Workforce Specialists will work with partners to make referrals to CMPDD and to assist MCOT recipients as needed.

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