Mississippi Power CEO participates in workforce development forum

Mississippi Power CEO participates in workforce development forum

Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson (center, left) participated in the launch of the Skills Foundation of Mississippi in Jackson on Thursday.

Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson recently joined state and business leaders in Jackson for the launch of the Skills Foundation of Mississippi, a private-public collaboration to improve workforce training.

The forum focused on workforce development and technical job training programs across Mississippi.

“Research shows that Mississippi will have more than 1.4 million jobs in 2020, almost 300,000 more jobs than the state had in 2010,” Wilson said. “Developing the individuals to fill those jobs is well under way and it all starts with education.”

Wilson joined Mississippi Manufacturers Association President and CEO Jay Moon, Entergy Mississippi CEO Haley Fisackerly and Nissan North America’s Canton facility Human Resources Director Rodney Francis on the private sector panel that discussed networking and collaboration, hiring Mississippians and the importance of growing pipelines from our communities.

“The Mississippi Economic Council has invested money and time over more than a decade cultivating programs like the Mississippi Scholars program, the Mississippi Scholars Tech Master program, and the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition or STAR,” Wilson said. “Local business leaders go into eighth-grade classrooms across the state as these young students are preparing to move into high school, detailing what employers are looking for in today’s workforce and how education is the key that unlocks those doors.”

A public-sector panel addressed issues related to data, priorities and targeting dropouts and low-income households.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also spoke at the event, which was facilitated by former Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel.

The Mississippi Energy Institute’s Get on the Grid website, aimed at showcasing energy and advanced manufacturing jobs to Mississippi students, was also highlighted at the event.

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