After 30 years in the community college system, including the past 13 as vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, James Williams has a new job.

Williams recently was named the executive director of the Mississippi’s State Workforce Board, and he hopes his experience in Northeast Mississippi will help bring more and better jobs to the entire state.
“The state has had a state workforce board for about 12 years, but they’ve never really had a staff,” Williams said. “It’s never been funded fully, but legislation last year made that possible now. It’s timely because the federal workforce system requires a lot of new planning. It’s an opportunity for the state initiatives and federal initiatives to work together and create a single workforce planning for the state.”

Said Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the SWIB chairman, “On behalf of the State Workforce Investment Board, I am pleased to welcome James to his new role as executive director. He brings years of workforce development experience to the table, and the SWIB and I look forward to working with him.”

The SWIB is working to consolidate and strengthen the state’s workforce development system in order to make it more efficient. It implemented a statewide performance management system – the Integrated Longitudinal Education and Workforce Performance Management System – which allows for the collection and analysis of education, training and placement data across all public workforce and education service providers throughout Mississippi.

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