The Division of Workforce, Career, Technical, and Adult Education administers and coordinates programs related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and workforce training. In addition, the division provides oversight for the Offices of Apprenticeship, Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, and Assessment for MCCB. This division is responsible for the provision of service, technical support, and resources to Mississippi community and junior colleges, in order to facilitate the following goals:
- Provide workforce training, career, technical, and adult education to Mississippians throughout the State, thereby ensuring they have the 21st century skills needed to get jobs, retain jobs, advance in those jobs, and earn family-sustaining wages;
- Provide current and prospective employers of Mississippi a trained and educated workforce, enabling our state to retain and grow existing businesses and industries and attract new ones;
- Provide technical assistance and support to the Workforce, Career, Technical and Adult Education divisions at the Mississippi community and junior colleges, in order to promote effective communication, efficient use of state resources, and improved educational outcomes through program quality, assessment and accountability; and
- Provide an innovative curriculum aligned to industry certifications, national standards, and professional training that facilitates seamless educational delivery by well-trained professionals who are focused on preparing skilled workers in the 21st century economy.
To achieve these goals, the division works collaboratively with the community and junior colleges, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit, the State Workforce Investment Board, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, The Department of Rehabilitation Services, businesses and industries, the Office of the Governor, the Legislature, and other state agencies that share the mission of promoting economic development in Mississippi.