Employment

Title: Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS)
Full Description: DRMS provides legal assistance to anyone with a disability.   If anyone is transitioning from secondary school to higher learning or employment and they have a rights violation, DRMS has services they can offer to help. They are committed to helping individuals with disabilities get the help and accommodations they need.
Website: www.drms.ms
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Free
Ages Served: All ages
Telephone: 601-968-0600 or 1-800-772-4057
Mailing Address: 5 Old River Place, Suite 101, Jackson, MS   39202
Email Address: info@drms.ms
Categories:
a. Civil Rights
b. Children’s Rights
c. Monitoring and Investigations
d. Advocacy and Referrals
i. Education
ii. Employment accessibility and benefits
iii. Medicaid rights
iv. Community-based services
v. Access to the electoral process
vi. Fiscal responsibility of policymakers
vii. Accessible transportation
viii. Affordable and accessible housing


Title: Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS)
Description: MDRS provides a wide range of services for individuals with disabilities (who meet eligibility requirements).
Website: www.mdrs.ms.gov/
Counties Served: Statewide?
Free or Payment Required: Varies
Ages Served: 13-18, Adult
Telephone: 1-800-443-1000
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1968 Jackson, MS 39215
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
a. Employment Services – the goal for MDRS is to provide services in order to assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment
b. Transition Services – we begin working with students at the age of 14 years and work with all schools in the state of MS to provide Pre-ETS. The agency partners with schools to assist with contract employee and third party vendors to help in teaching pre-ETS to students 14-21 years of age, while still in high school.
c. Other Supports:
i. Internships
ii. Project SEARCH program
iii. Job coaching, follow up and support
iv. On the job supports
v. Job training
vi. Work evaluation


Title: Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES)
WIN (Workforce Investment Network) Job Center
Description: The goal of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security is to help Mississippians get jobs. Through our network of WIN Job Centers, MDES matches qualified, prospective employees with employers. WIN Job Centers are service centers that offer programs and resources geared toward your job seeking and claim needs and are partners in the American Job Center Network.
Website: mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Free
Ages Served: Adult
Telephone:
a. Hattiesburg: 601-584-1202
b. Laurel: 601-399-4000
c. Columbia: 601-736-2628
d. Picayune: 601-798-3472
e. Bay St. Louis: 228-466-5425
f. Gulfport: 228-897-6900
g. Pascagoula: 228-762-4713
Mailing Address: Varies depending on location
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
h. Job and skill training
i. Job placement assistance
j. Priority services for veterans
k. Career counseling and referral
l. Unemployment claims needs


Title: Mississippi Works
Description: Mississippiworks.org has over 50,000 jobs posted. Check out one of the record-breaking jobs in the system today and find your next career.
MS Works also has a free app which is the gateway to services from Mississippi Works and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) on your mobile or tablet device. This intuitive, native app provides a convenient way to search and apply for jobs, register with MDES, build an employment profile, and see job match information. In addition, the app allows you to find the nearest WIN Job Center for in-person services.
Online: Click here to register online (www.mdes.ms.gov/information-center/about-mdes/online-services/) and begin looking for your new job. It’s easy to follow the directions and there are so many job openings listed, that you’re sure to find one that works for you. If you do not have a computer or access to one, the public libraries in Mississippi have computers you may use to register with MDES and look for a job.  The WIN Job Centers  also have computers you may use.
Or by Phone: You may register to start a job search by calling 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577
Website: wings.mdes.ms.gov/wings/spring/self-service/job-order/job-order-lookup?execution=e2s1
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Free
Ages Served: Adult
Telephone: 601-855-3133 or 1-888-844-3577
Mailing Address:
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
m. Job search
n. Apply for jobs


Title: Jumpstart to Success
Description: This event is held each year at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center and hosts over 1,000 area students. Jumpstart to Success is an interactive career expo that showcases local businesses, universities, community colleges, and more to encourage students to take the first steps in planning for their future. It is part of the ADP’s Post Graduate Success Support Initiative to expose students to career opportunities available in the region.
Website: www.theadp.com/live/education-initiatives/
Counties Served: Forrest, Lamar and Perry
Free or Payment Required: Free to students
Ages Served: 8th and 9th grade students
Telephone: call Valencia Williamson at 296-7518
Mailing Address: n/a
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
a. Career readiness


Title: Mission: Possible
Description: This event typically held in September on the campuses of USM and Carey. The Area Development Partnership (ADP) hosts this college and career readiness event for over 500 students around the region. They participate in workshops on resume writing, interview skills, college admissions (including PRCC workforce programs), business communication, and job etiquette.
Website: www.theadp.com/mission-possible/
Counties Served: Forrest, Lamar and Perry
Free or Payment Required: Free to students
Ages Served: 11th grade students
Telephone: n/a
Mailing Address: n/a
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
a. Career readiness
b. College admissions


Title: ACT Work Keys
Description: This is a national career readiness curriculum that allows for the assessing and teaching of workplace skills. Many of our local high schools use this to help students prepare for the workforce.
Website: www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-employers/curriculum.html
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Fee
Ages Served: High school students and young adults
Telephone: 800-967-5539
Mailing Address: n/a
Email Address: n/a
Categories:
a. Career readiness


Title: Pathways 2 Possibilities
Description: This is a statewide nonprofit that puts on large career expos like the ADP’s Jumpstart event, but much bigger. P2P is an interactive, hands-on, career exploration experience. Each student is free to explore a variety of career pathways aligned with the U.S. and state departments of education.
Website: pathways2possibilities.org
Counties Served: Northwest MS, the MS Delta and the Gulf Coast
Free or Payment Required: Free to students?
Ages Served: 13-18, 18-24
Telephone:
Karen Sock (P2P Co-Founder & Project Manager): 901-651-7167
Virginia Perkins (P2P Project Coordinator): 731-607-9520
Mailing Address:
Fiscal agent: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation
975 Seaway Road, Suite B-150, Gulfport, MS 39503O
Email Address:
Karen Sock: karensock52@gmail.com
Virginia Perkins: virginial.perkins@gmail.com
Categories:
Career readiness


Title: Goodwill of Mississippi
Description: Non-profit social services agency assisting with training and employment skills. Donations of gently used items from the community are sold at our Goodwill stores. The proceeds providing training, education and job opportunities to those with disabilities and other barriers to obtaining employment.
Website: www.goodwill.org/
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required:
Ages Served: 16 and over
Telephone: Hattiesburg – 601-584-0448
Mailing Address: Hattiesburg location: 5916 US 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Email Address: goodwillintl.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Categories:
a. Job training and placement

Local University Resources


Title: Mississippi Online Workforce College
Description: This is still in the pilot phase and is planned to be rolled out statewide in 2021. It is designed to build upon the existing relationships between local industry and the Mississippi Community Colleges. They partnered with a company called 180 Skills™ to develop a training library consisting of over 700 courses as well as 13 career pathways that are WIOAA aligned. Individuals can use it to expand their skill sets on their own time and at their own pace, so that they can gain employment. As users complete courses, they will earn badges that can be added to their social media sites like Linked In or on their resumes to show potential employers.
Website: onlineworkforcecollege.com/
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Fee, varies depending on course
Ages Served: Adult, 18 and over?
Telephone: n/a
Mailing Address: Jones College Advanced Technology Center
72 Technology Blvd
Ellisville, MS 39437
Email Address: michael.trest@jcjc.edu (Director of Online Workforce Training)
Categories:
a. Industrial Training, Manufacturing, Logistics
b. Employability, Soft-Skills
c. Workplace Safety
d. Basic Technology, Networking,  IT Security, Coding
e. Adult Education


Title: Pearl River Community College Workforce Training
Description: The Workforce Team at PRCC has several regularly occurring non-credit courses that are ideal for helping a young adult gain employment.
Website: www.prcc.edu/workforce-training
Counties Served: Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Jefferson Davis, Pearl River and Hancock
Free or Payment Required: Fee varies, depending on course
Ages Served: Adult
Telephone: 601-403-1241 or 601-554-4646
Mailing Address: Varies, depending on campus
Email Address: workforce@prcc.edu
Categories:
f. Customized Industry Specific Training for both pre-and-post employment
g. Industry Credentials and Certifications
h. Leadership Training
i. Customer Service
j. Health and Safety Training
k. Quality and Process Improvement (Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma)
l. Meeting and Training Spaces
m. Comprehensive Testing Center


Title: Jones College
Subtitle: Inspiring Greatness
Full Description: Jones College is a public community college in Ellisville, Mississippi. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Website: www.jcjc.edu/
Counties Served: Its eight-county district consisting of Clarke, Covington, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Perry, Smith and Wayne counties.
Free or Payment Required: Tuition and other applicable fees
Ages Served: High school graduates, transfer students, and people of all ages
Telephone: (601)477-4000
Mailing Address: Jones College
900 S. Court St
Ellisville, MS 39437
Email Address: Office of Admissions
tara.dupree@jcjc.edu
Vice-President of Student Affairs
Dr. Tessa Flowers
tessa.flowers@jcjc.edu
Categories:


Title: Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at the University of Southern Mississippi
Description: IDS has worked to provide technical assistance, training, resources and supports for Mississippians with disabilities and their families by offering a variety of programs.
Website: www.usm.edu/ids
Counties Served: Forrest, Lamar, Perry, Jones, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson
Free or Payment Required:
Ages Served: All ages
Telephone: 601-266-5163 or TTY: 888-671-0051 or Fax: 601-266-5114
Mailing Address: 118 College Dr. #5163, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Email Address: ids@usm.edu
Categories:
a. Housing
b. Early intervention
c. Inclusive childcare
d. Assistive technology
e. Recreation
f. Health
g. Education
Family Support
Title: LIFE of Mississippi Healthy Opportunities for Transition (HOT)
Subtitle (if applicable):
Full Description: HOT works to provide comprehensive, family-centered, culturally competent transition services, with a primary focus on health, which prepares children with special health care needs throughout Mississippi to make successful transitions to adult and community life, including adult health care and related services, employment, and independent living.
Website: www.lifeofms.com/
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Free
Ages Served: 13-18, Adult
Telephone: 601.969.0601
Mailing Address: 1304 Vine St., Jackson, MS 39202
Email Address: tdillion@lifeofms.com (for Pine Belt counties) or info@lifeofms.com


Title: Special Education
Subtitle (if applicable): Mississippi Department of Special Education
Full Description: The Mississippi Department of Education is the state education agency of Mississippi. The Office of Special Education (OSE) is a service-oriented office that seeks to improve the education experience for children with disabilities. In keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State law, we help local schools and districts provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities, ages 3-20, who need special education and related services.
Website: www.mdek12.org/OSE and www.mdek12.org/OSE/STS
Counties Served: Statewide
Free or Payment Required: Free
Ages Served: 3-21
Telephone: 601-359-3498
Mailing Address:
Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
Email Address: www.mdek12.org/OSE/SES

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