ReSkill MS helping Mississippians get job skills training through CARES ACT funds

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – A program passed by the state legislature in July is now helping Mississippians receive career-training.



a person sitting at a desk: Mississippi community colleges across the state have received funds from the CARES Act to help get people job training during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Mississippi community colleges across the state have received funds from the CARES Act to help get people job training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ReSkill Mississippi is a program funded by CARES ACT money appropriated through Mississippi House Bill 1795 that helps people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get career training for high-demand jobs through non-credit courses in state community colleges.

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“The ReSkill MS program is designed to connect Mississippians with training opportunities that lead to jobs now, that lead to career pathways and to help get them into those in demand careers that are still hiring despite the COVID pandemic,” said Rebecca Brown, dean of Workforce and Community Development at Pearl River Community College.

PRCC received $2.2 million of CARES Act funds for this

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The pandemic has severely impacted 71% of organisations in the UK, but there is a strong link between businesses bounce back and training. According to The Open University, 68% of companies confident in their post-COVID recovery have invested in training during lockdown, while 53% of those who are not confident did not.  

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide 200 hours of free skills training for everyone, including displaced workers and those who were formerly imprisoned.

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Under the proposed measure, a National Skills Development Program will be established to “provide universal access to annual training programs.” It will focus on job training for emerging or resilient industries.

“This will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century,” it says.

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Don't forget the workers: Congress should fund better skills training now


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Don’t forget the workers: Congress should fund better skills training now

Congressional action should encompass opportunities for workers still on the job, as well as those who are out of work, those whose jobs will never return, and younger individuals seeking to enter the job market. If done well, such programs will boost employment, the economic recovery and the future of U.S. workers and businesses.

Before the pandemic, American businesses already faced significant difficulty in finding skilled workers. Manpower’s 2019 talent survey found 69 percent of U.S. employers reported talent shortages. The numbers were higher for medium (75 percent) and large (77 percent) companies. And, the U.S. shortfalls were much larger than the worldwide

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Free online skills training available to Hoosiers

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A partnership between the State of Indiana and 180 Skills will allow up to 100,000 Hoosiers to gain key workforce skills free of charge through an online library of courses.

Individuals who enroll will have the opportunity to complete courses designed to improve general employability skills applicable across job sectors or develop the foundational knowledge necessary to enter Indiana’s sizeable manufacturing industry.

The 180 Skills partnership is part of Indiana’s Rapid Recovery for a Better Future initiative led by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.

As part of Rapid Recovery, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is teaming with Indianapolis-based 180 Skills to ensure Hoosiers have access to online skills training programs.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020

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CDW trainings are free of charge.

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Training offerings can be found online.

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