The Mississippi Delta Workforce Funding Collaborative (MDWC) is a partnership of philanthropic, public-sector, private-sector, and community leaders working to improve job growth and retention for all of Mississippi. To help all Mississippians access a good job, MDWC supports the development and implementation of sector-based workforce partnerships in key in-demand industries. Their goal is to increase the skills and education of unemployed and/or underemployed residents of Mississippi. They work to increase Mississippi residents’ skills, thereby allowing them to receive better-paying jobs and better provide for their families.
The partnership is working to address a skilled workforce shortage among industrial, energy, and production employers in a rural environment, as well as creating opportunities via a career ladder for jobs with higher pay, reward, and recognition for frontline industrial workers. The partnership is also working to develop seamless transition into academic credit classes for community college students and to strengthen partnerships between service organizations and education providers to improve opportunities for incumbent and non-incumbent workers in the manufacturing / skilled trade field.
Mississippi Delta Workforce Funding Collaborative (MDWFC)—Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) partnership is seeking to increase and diversify the skilled talent pool for the TDL sector for the Mid-South and increase the number of commercial driver’s license truck drivers, which is the second most in-demand occupation for the region. The partnership works to scale access to middle-skill jobs in transportation, distribution, and logistics by strengthening and expanding successful TDL training programs to align with employer needs and standards, sustaining robust partnerships among providers and business, and connecting more women and underserved populations to the sector.
Martha Claire Drysdale
Community Development Director