The Division of Workforce Training and Economic Development provides training to businesses, industries and residents within the NEMCC District. It includes Alcorn, Tippah, Union, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties. If you would like more information on any of the services we provide, please contact us.

REGISTRATION LINK (required for all individuals in workforce or industry training programs)


Leadership Skills

Essential Skills of Leadership

A review of the most important skills a leader must possess:

  • Modeling leadership: character, integrity, respect

  • Separating facts from opinions

  • Engaging all experts

Essential Skills of Communication

Communication is the key to success no matter the situation. During this workshop you will learn to:

  • Build cooperative relationships that focuses on trust and respect

  • Communicate successfully using simple and direct language

  • Develop or increase your active-listening skills to anticipate and avoid misunderstandings

  • Remove the barriers that weaken your ability to communicate well

Resolving Conflict

The program uses a training technique called behavior modeling, which has been proven effective with all types of leaders, in all kinds of situations.

  • Improve relations with team members

  • Increased productivity because of improved relations

  • Reduce the amount of stress in your work

  • Focus on resolving conflict at the source, rather than reacting to situations that escalate to violence

Managing Complaints

To manage complaints well requires a proven process that builds on listening and problem-solving skills. Expected outcomes:

  • Understand why all team member must be dealt with rather than ignored or dismissed.

  • Be more sensitive to all the problems-major or trivial, real imagined-that can lie behind complaints.

  • Understand techniques used to determine underlying problems, which are not always the same as those the team member thinks are responsible for his/her difficulties.

  • Use various techniques to solve such problems while maintaining a positive relationship with the team member.

Improving Work Habits

To improve work habits one must objectively describe the habit so the team member takes ownership. Expected outcomes:

  • Explain the observed work habit and why it concerns you.

  • Ask the team member why it is occurring.

  • Ask the team member for ways to resolve the issue.

  • Agree on actions that must be taken to solve the problem.

  • Follow up and monitor progress.

Manufacturing Skills Basic

Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification is a 96-hour course designed to provide applicants with skills that are necessary to be successful in a high-performance manufacturing environment. The course introduces and reinforces skills in safety, interpreting technical documents, precision measuring instruments and quality systems. In addition,high performance principles are introduced, including 5S, value stream mapping,kanban systems, and process controls.

Maintenance Technician Workforce Certificate

Maintenance Technician Workforce Certification provides you with necessary skills for entry-level maintenance personnel. You will industrial math in your study of AC/DC electrical, wiring, power distribution, electrical machines, relay controls, motor controls, programmable logic controls, fluid power and troubleshooting. The course requires completion of Manufacturing Skills Basic or Production Technician as a prerequisite.

Production Technician

This course is designed by industries within the Northeast District. The 50-hour course provides training in the essential skills defined by our manufacturing partners. It includes OSHA10 certification, the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC/WorkKeys) and hands-on training in: quality tools, measuring instruments, lean principles, problem-solving, assembly drawings, applied math, communication, teamwork, job search, workplace discipline, critical thinking and project management. A prerequisite for this course is the Smart Start program (offered by Adult Ed).

Robotic Fundamentals - Enroll Here!

Fundamentals of Robotics provides students with a unique opportunity to gain experience and skill in robotic operation and programming through an industrial robotic training simulation software. This module features RoboCell, a 3D-solid modeling robotic simulation software, which allows students to expand their programming skills through a variety of simulated robotic workcells.

Robotic Advanced Programming - Enroll Here!

For students who have completed the Fundamentals of Robotics module, the Advanced Robotic Programming module offers the opportunity to further explore robotic programming. Using RoboCell, the same 3D-solid modeling robotic simulation software that the student has previously used, Advanced Robotic Programming gives the students a greater understanding of the robotics concepts and programming commands they have already learned, as well as the ability to extend that knowledge to gain a greater understanding of robot capabilities, of working with and manipulating a robot, and accomplishing various tasks while focusing both on the goal as well as programming skills and program efficiency.


Northeast maintains a vast library of safety dvd’s that industries can use in team safety meetings. Contact us for a list of available titles. The Workforce Division coordinates advanced safety classes, such as HAZMAT, lockout/tagout, and confined spaces, et al, to meet industry needs.


The 10-hour General Industry Training Program gives workers the ability to recognize and prevent hazards in the workplace. This training provides an overview of OSHA, basic electrical safety, walking/working surfaces, machine guarding, emergency action plans, and flammable and combustible liquids. It is an online course, providing industry and individuals greater flexibility in scheduling for the class. As participants complete the course, they can print their certificate immediately on demand. An official certification will be mailed directly to the address provided by the participant. The cost is $50 per person.


The 30-Hour General Industry Safety Training course is a comprehensive safety program for general industry workers and supervisors. It is specifically designed for safety directors, team leaders, and supervisors. The program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues. This course is available online (fee required) or we can coordinate training directly with the organization. A construction version is also available

Welding Customized - Enroll Here!

This course is an introduction to welding of pipe using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). It includes electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices. 

Welding Structural - Enroll Here!

The Welding and Cutting Course prepares the successful student for entry-level employment in the field of and cutting. The curriculum includes Safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Oxy-fuel Cutting, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). 

Class Schedule and Locations – Welding

Monday – Friday 7:00a – 3:30p

  • Class 2022-2: October 4 - December 17, 2021 (Prentiss and Union Counties)
  • Class 2022-3: January 3 - March 25, 2022 (Prentiss and Union Counties)
  • Class 2022-4: April 4 - June 24, 2022 (Prentiss and Union Counties)
  • Class 2023-1: July 11 - September 30 (Prentiss and Union Counties)
  • Class 2023-2: October 3 - December 23 (Prentiss and Union Counties)