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Talent that knows no bounds

Eight public universities + four research institutions + 15 community colleges = one state with unlimited talent.

Our strong community college system and workforce development resources mean customized training is at your fingertips. Plus, our 23 colleges and universities churn out more than just talent – they’re producing innovations that are changing the face of industries. Mississippi State University increased enrollment by 3.4%  in undergraduate programs and 24.2% in graduate school from 2019-2020.

Whether you’re looking for recruitment services or specialized post-employment training, Mississippi has the resources to push your business to the next level. Over 20,000 workers have been trained through Mississippi’s workforce and advanced training opportunities, and an additional $50 million has been invested toward job creation and training between 2016 and 2026.

Established in 2021 by Governor Tate Reeves as the state’s workforce development agency, AccelerateMS serves the people and businesses of Mississippi by developing and deploying workforce strategies to connect individuals with transformative, high-paying careers. By leveraging resources and partnering with organizations that hold complementary missions, AccelerateMS effectuates positive change, creating sustained individual, community and statewide economic prosperity.

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Mississippi workforce fueled by strong schools

Public universities provide a flowing pipeline of talent to employers

With eight public universities including the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and University of Southern Mississippi, the Magnolia State’s skilled and highly trained residents push businesses to global competitiveness.

Local schools provide endless options for pursuing career paths

Our strong network of community colleges creates a strong workforce

Mississippi’s comprehensive statewide community college system prepares students for the workforce through a variety of education and training programs. Additionally, if a Mississippi business has a skilled trade requirement, MDA can partner them with a local college or university to plan a course that meets their specialized needs.

University research paving the way to new innovations

A network of Mississippi schools focused on research supporting tech industries

The Mississippi Research Consortium consists of four local universities focused on basic and applied research, as well as partnerships between public and private sectors, with the goal of commercialization and the support of technology-based industries.

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