Career STEP is a workforce development program that covers the cost of short-term training for eligible participants, ages 18-59. The program is funded through the TANF workforce program from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Books, fees, the cost of tuition, and any certifications/licenses needed in order for a participant to go to work are available at no cost to the participant. Participants are connected with a local community college where they are able to pursue short-term training to take the first step towards a career. Once program eligibility has been determined, some of the programs of study available to Career STEP participants are CNA, EMT, CDL and Pharmacy Tech, but there are many more. Paid internships are also available for many of the programs of study. Participants can also be connected with childcare assistance.
Training is not all that is offered through the Career STEP program. Participants can also receive assistance with resume building, job search endeavors, career counseling, assessments, NCRC testing, workforce preparation skills and finding sector-based employment. These services are available even if a participant does not attend short-term training.
Eva Ward and Rebekah Woodcock are the first points of contact for any potential participant. They can be reached at 1-800-444-8014.