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Education Pipeline

Winston County’s best asset is its people, and we are committed to developing a modern, evolving workforce that's ready to meet the demands of today's industries. We continually invest in training and betterment programs and educational opportunities to create a well-trained, motivated workforce that is trained for today and prepared for tomorrow.

Community College Workforce Development Programs


Training is also available to help supervisors improve skills in communication, problem solving, fact-based decision making, motivation, team building, managing change, and related topics. Training courses are delivered not only on the ECCC campus in Decatur, Mississippi, but also at the Louisville Career Advancement Center at the heart of Winston County, as well as several other sites.

East Central Community College offers Associate Degrees & Certificate Programs in the following fields:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Technology 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Manufacturing Engineering Technology 1 2
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 0
Drafting and Design Technology 0 3
Surveying Technology 0 0
Precision Production 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Machine Tool Technology 5 3
Welding Technology 13 -
Construction Trades 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Carpentry 9 -
Electrician 1 9
Mechanic and Repair Technologies 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
HVAC Technology 2 3
Automotive Mechanics Technology 3 3
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology 11 0

WIN Job Centers


Career and Technical Centers


Winston-Louisville Career and Technology CenterLouisville, MS

The Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center (CTC) is operated by the Louisville Municipal School District and provides educational opportunities to students interested in pursuing technical career paths aligned with business and industry. Our industry-savvy instructors and teachers deliver a quality, “hands-on” learning experience that prepares students to successfully enter the workforce and excel at a high level. The CTC currently offers the technical classes in the following disciplines:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Technology 1 - <2 Year Certificates
Welding 11
Forestry 10
Agricultural Power & Mechanics 8
Construction 8
Health Sciences TBA
Simulation & Design 4
Career Pathway Experience TBA
Teacher Academy TBA
Culinary Arts TBA

Industrial Maintenance is a new program starting in Fall of 2020.

Louisville Career Advancement CenterLouisville, MS

The Louisville Career Advancement Center (LCAC) is operated by East Central Community College and offers short-term skills-based courses, pre-employment training, post-employment training, ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) testing and adult education classes. This recently renovated facility provides technical training on state-of-the art equipment from local industry experts, while preparing students to properly advance through the workforce pipeline.

The LCAC currently offers technical classes in the following disciplines:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Short-term Skills Based Courses & Training 1 - <2 Year Certificates
Basic Welding 25
Advanced Welding 33
Manufacturing Safety 84
Heavy Machine Operator Training 53
Industrial Maintenance 0
Computer Numerical Controls 0

The LCAC partners with the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Center to deliver local pre-employment training to assist individuals in acquiring technical knowledge and skill sets needed to excel for employment opportunities. Pre-employment training grants access to skills testing, aptitude assessments, workforce training services, employment searches, career building assistance, remediation resources, resume preparation and interviewing guidance.

Post-employment training allows individuals to acquire unique technical skills used in operating new or specialized equipment or techniques. Advanced training and potential retraining opportunities enable employees to gain valuable new skills needed in response to changes in technology or production processes.

Workforce Development Testing

  • ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Testing
  • TABE Testing
  • Pre-employment Testing

Adult Education Classes

  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Classes
  • HiSET Classes

Universities and Colleges


East Mississippi Community CollegeScooba, MS

East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) provides traditional two-year educational opportunities on the main campus in Scooba, MS, and offers various career technical programs across their Golden Triangle and Communiversity workforce development locations. EMCC offers technical classes in the following disciplines:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Natural Resources and Conservation <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Forestry Technology - - 9
General Forestry - - 3
Wildlife, Fish, and Wildlands Science and Management - - 3
Engineering Technology <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Manufacturing Engineering Technology - 1 11
Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies - - 7
Drafting and Design Technology - - 5
Precision Production <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Machine Tool Technology - 1 2
Welding Technology - 38 18
Construction Trades <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation 23 - -
Electrician - 27 20
Mechanic and Repair Technologies <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Diesel Mechanics Technology - 8 -
Automotive Mechanics Technology - 19 3
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology - 19 11
Natural Resources and Conservation <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Forestry Technology - - 9
General Forestry - - 3
Wildlife, Fish, and Wildlands Science and Management - - 3
Physical Sciences <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificates Associate Degrees
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology - - 0
Chemistry - - 2
Geology/Earth Science - - 0
Physics - - 0

Mississippi State UniversityStarkville, MS

Mississippi State University is home to the nationally recognized James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, which ranks in the top 10% in the nation and fourth in the Southeast in engineering expenditures. This college enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students across 10 majors and fields. These majors and fields are as follows:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Bachelor Master Doctorate
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Space Engineering 49 29 -
Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering 71 7 0
Chemical Engineering 99 0 -
Civil Engineering 89 19 -
Computer Engineering 22 - -
Electrical Engineering 70 7 7
General Engineering - 6 22
Industrial Engineering 39 17 7
Mechanical Engineering 179 22 -
Petroleum Engineering 17 - -
Engineering Technology Bachelor Master Doctorate
Industrial Production Technologies 20 - -
Industrial Technology 57 - -
Natural Resources and Conservation Bachelor Master Doctorate
Forest Sciences and Biology 40 12 -
Natural Resources and Biology 8 0 19
Wildlife, Fish, and Wildlands Science and Management 44 17 -
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology - 7 -
Physical Sciences Bachelor Master Doctorate
Chemistry 16 7 6
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences - - 5
Physics 3 6 0

University of MississippiOxford, MS

The University of Mississippi Engineering program boasts over 120 years of success in preparing students for their promising career paths. Enrolled students receive innovative instruction from seasoned faculty and gain co-op experience through the following engineering courses:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Bachelor Master Doctorate
Chemical Engineering 39 - -
Civil Engineering 37 - -
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 18 - -
Engineering Science - 36 17
Engineering, General 22 - -
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 29 - -
Materials Engineering - 1 1
Mechanical Engineering 66 - -
Physical Sciences Bachelor Master Doctorate
Chemistry 29 5 11
Forensic Chemistry 18 - -
Geology/Earth Sciences 10 - -
Physics 6 9 6

University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MS

University of Southern Mississippi offers Bachelor and Master Degrees in the following fields:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Bachelor Master
Architectural Engineering Technology 70 -
Computer Engineering Technology 8 -
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology 2 -
Industrial Technology 25 -
Physical Sciences Bachelor Master Doctorate
Chemistry 21 0 2
Geology/Earth Sciences 12 1 -
Oceanography 5 13 4
Physics 0 6 -

Jackson State UniversityJackson, MS

Jackson State University offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Degrees in the following fields:

Natural Resources and Conservation Bachelor Master Doctorate
Environmental Science - 1 5
Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Bachelor Master Doctorate
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3 - -
Civil Engineering 33 - -
Computer Engineering 32 - -
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 12 - -
General Engineering - 13 4
Engineering Technology Bachelor Master Doctorate
Environmental Engineering Technology - 9 -
Industrial Technology 23 9 -
Physical Sciences Bachelor Bachelor Master
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 3 - -
Chemistry 14 8 5
Geology/Earth Sciences 2 - -
Physics 2 - -

Holmes Community CollegeGoodman, MS

Holmes Community College offers Associate Degrees & Certificate Programs in the following fields:

Natural Resources and Conservation <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Forestry Technology - - 2
General Forestry - - 4
Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Service - - 0
Wildlife, Fish, and Wildlands Science and Management - - 1
Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Technology <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Architectural Engineering Technology - 13 3
Construction Engineering Technology - 5 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology - 0 0
Drafting and Design Technology - 7 5
Industrial Technology - 24 9
Precision Production <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Machine Tool Technology - 0 0
Welding Technology 0 55 2
Mechanic and Repair Technologies <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Automotive Mechanics Technology - 6 1
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology - 11 11
HVAC Maintenance Technology - 30 0
Natural Resources and Conservation <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Forestry Technology - 30 0
General Forestry - 30 0
Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services - - 0
Wildlife, Fish, and Wildlands Science and Management - - 1
Physical Sciences <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Chemistry - - 6
Forensic Chemistry - - 5

Itawamba Community CollegeFulton, MS

Itawamba Community College offers Associate Degrees & Certificate Programs in the following fields:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Natural Resources and Conservation <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Forestry Technology - - 11
Engineering Technology <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Computer Engineering - - 4
General Engineering - - 22
Precision Production <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Machine Tool Technology - 8 8
Tool and Die Technology - 0 0
Welding Technology - 18 -
Mechanic and Repair Technologies <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Automotive Mechanics Technology - 29 8
Diesel Mechanics Technology - 11 3
HVAC/Refrigeration Technology - 8 8
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology - 24 26
Physical Sciences <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate
Chemistry - - 3
Geology/Earth Science - - 0
Physics - - 0

Meridian Community CollegeMeridian, MS

Meridian Community College offers Associate Degrees & Certificate Programs in the following fields:

Program Completions (2018-2019)
Engineering Technology <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate 2 - <4 Year Certificate
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology - - 5 -
Drafting and Design Technology - 4 4 -
Telecommunications Technology - - 6 -
Precision Production <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate 2 - <4 Year Certificate
Machine Tool Technology - 6 2 7
Welding Technology - 26 4 -
Mechanic and Repair Technologies <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate 2 - <4 Year Certificate
Automotive Mechanics Technology - 8 - -
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology - 0 - 7
Construction Trades <1 Year Certificate 1 - <2 Year Certificate Associate 2 - <4 Year Certificate
Carpentry/Carpenter - 12 - -
Electrician - 16 - -

Winston County Economic
Development District Partnership

P.O. Box 551
70 West Park Street
Louisville, Mississippi 39339