Bills expanding workforce development initiatives signed into law

Gov. Tate Reeves has signed several pieces of legislation aimed at furthering investments in and bolstering the efforts of Mississippi’s Office of Workforce Development (Accelerate Mississippi).

“The future of Mississippi’s economy is being decided today,” said Gov. Reeves. “We’ve made record investment in workforce development and because of that, our state’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low and more Mississippians are working than ever before. We need to double down on preparing Mississippians to take on the jobs of the next 50 years, and that’s what we are doing. Our people are the state’s greatest asset, and we will continue to invest in them.”

Senate Bill 3021 provides a $12 million appropriation to expand the existing career coaching program by an estimated 50 additional coaches across the state.

House Bill 588 codifies the responsibility for implementation of the career coaching program, improves functional support mechanisms between the Office of Workforce Development and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security as the fiscal agent, and strengthens the Office of Workforce Development’s duties and powers related to its programming.

Senate Bill 3113 provides a $25 million appropriation for expansion and support of Allied Health Training Programs and $3 million for the new Accelerate Mississippi Physician Residency and Fellowship Start-Up Grant Program.

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