Workforce Development & Training

Providing Leadership in Training

Itawamba Community College provides training to meet a broad range of workforce development and continuous improvement needs. Training is provided when specific skills need to be developed, improved or enriched for production or technological advances.

Professional Development / Workforce Training Class Offerings

Workforce Development and Training

The Workforce Development and Training Program at ICC provides a variety of opportunities and services for business, industry, government and community organizations including the following:

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.

Examples of Workforce Training Classes

  • Technical Problem Solving for Industrial Applications
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Lean Manufacturing 101
  • Plexus ISO/TS 16949 RAB - Certified Lead Auditor
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Training Series
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Team Building
  • OSHA certification - General Industry and Construction     
    Ergonomics and Workplace Design
  • Preventing Back Injuries and Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazwoper - 8 and 24 hour certifications
  • Introduction to Solid Modeling using SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD
  • Welding
  • Basic Electrical
  • PLC Training
  • Work Ethics
  • Dealing with Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace
  • Food Service Training
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Fire Fighter Training
  • Basic Math Refresher
  • Chinese Business Culture
  • Communication Skills

Role of the Workforce Staff: Project specialists and staff trainers serve as training consultants along with managing the procedural aspects of accessing state training funds. As training consultants, staff assist in the areas of training outlines/course curriculum, evaluation methods, accessing facilities and educational supplies, monitoring training for quality and ensuring measurable impact of the training.

A project specialist considers the following questions when developing a training project:

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 @ 662.620.5217.


LearnMate is a 3D web-based simulation software to provide virtual hands-on learning experiences in the following subjects:

Participate in courses and lessons anywhere, anytime with LearnMate interactive e-learning.

LearnMate's interactive environment allows students to experiment with processes and procedures in a manner that closely replicates real-life trial-and-error.  Through LearnMate, students can connect a complicated electrical circuit, assemble a pulley mechanism or activate a photoelectric sensor all through their own desktop PC.

MindLeaders Non-Credit On-Line Training

Many non-credit online training opportunities (particularly in the area of computer skills) are now available through a program called MindLeaders. To view the MindLeaders catalog, go to  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 who does not have an affiliation with ICC's Workforce Development & Training Division, call Lee Oswalt at 662.620.5221 for more information.

Pre-Employment Assistance

The Workforce Development & Training staff members help business and industry with pre-employment activities. This may involve some assistance with 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 to a particular business or industry's needs.

Rapid Response

An early intervention service offered to businesses and workers affected by major layoffs and plant closing, Rapid Response is the first step to help 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, meet with workers to provide information about services and programs available to help them as they make the change 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 662.620.5221.

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 toward opportunities for employee advancement. This training must be delivered through one of Mississippi's 15 community colleges.