Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Attendees explored promising practices and ideas to refine the state’s workforce development ecosystem. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant started the discussion, which centered on the need to align programs in education and workforce training more closely with the needs of employers. Recommendations that surfaced include:
Conference attendees also heard from workforce development specialists whose programs have shown particular promise. For example, James Williams, vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, discussed the school’s work with unemployed people and the K–12 educational system. He noted the prevalence of underemployment among dislocated workers who find new jobs, and how solutions to this problem must be individualized and local.
Read a more thorough summary of the conference here.