Hancock County, MS | P.O. Box 2267 Bay St. Louis, MS 39521 | 706 Highway 90 | Waveland, Mississippi 39576 | Toll Free: 800.558.1658  | Phone: 228.467.9231 | Fax: 228.467.9341
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Workforce Development

Learning to earn: Global skills through local excellence.

Think of it as the Rolls Royce of workforce training.

Or the Lockheed Martin.

Or the Pratt & Whitney, the Calgon Carbon or any of the other successful companies—the list includes global and national leaders, from Fortune 500 corporations to aggressive startups—that have found Hancock’s skilled and custom trained workforce a significant competitive advantage in a demanding and ever-changing market.

A labor base that is agile and achievement-minded: There are multiple reasons for the world-class success of Hancock County training, but the first has to be comprehensive quality of the Hancock’s educational assets, building a workforce with excellence that begins in pre-school and that is nurtured by high-performing elementary, middle and high schools, where strategic career tracking is implemented by the award-winning Hancock County Career and Technical Center (HCCTC).

At HCCTC, fourteen career pathways include:
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Architecture drafting and design
  • Engineering
  • Health sciences
  • Hotel and restaurant management
  • Metal fabrication / manufacturing fundamentals
  • Polymer science

Avionic and robotics are also offered at Hancock High School, where students working with Rolls Royce engineers are competing nationally and internationally with their robotic designs.

2 + 2 = Fast start on life-long success: Industry-minded students at HCCTC who maintain the required grade level are guaranteed free tuition at the Hancock Center of the Pearl River Community College (PRCC). The first two-year public institution in Mississippi, with a history of leadership that stretches back a century, PRCC offers two-year Associate Degree and workforce certification in areas ranging from precision manufacturing and machining to welding to electronics technology.

Bolstered by a solid education and training foundation, Hancock’s agile and achievement-minded labor base is performance-ready, with skills and options continually enhanced by Mississippi’s resource network, including the state’s WIN centers.

Going for the WIN in long-term competitiveness: Mississippi’s WIN job centers, in linkage with community colleges, keep the state’s workforce and employers connected and working with top efficiency. The WIN job center in the Hancock region is a one-stop comprehensive service for businesses and prospective employees, providing recruitment and job postings at no cost, as well as other valuable services including on-the-job training that pays a percentage of employee wages during the OJT period.

A local trainer accustomed to breaking ground: While Pearl River Community College is a valuable resource for prospective employees, for local employers PRCC is also a valued partner providing precisely targeted custom training in the classroom or on the shop floor—wherever, whatever the company requires. While custom training is provided through the state’s Workforce Enhancement Training (WET), at no or low cost to qualified employers, the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission also sponsors industry consortium training through PRCC. And for services not available through PRCC, including industry-based training, vendor training or train-the-trainer, qualified employers may be reimbursed for costs.

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Kiln, Mississippi 39556 (228) 467-9231
Map14054 Fred & Al Key Road
Kiln, Mississippi 39556
Toll Free: 800.558.1658
Hancock County, MS
14054 Fred & Al Key Road
Kiln, MS 39556
Toll Free: 800.558.1658
Phone: 228.467.9231
Fax: 228.467.9341

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