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MMA-MEP "HELPS" Regional Meeting (Olive Branch)


elping Employers Link Programs to Skills

Hiring dependable, skilled and talented employees continues to be a challenge. An aging workforce, ongoing labor shortages, and lack of knowledge of available resources are all contributing factors. To ensure industry leaders are aware of the many effective training and placement programs available to them, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MMA-MEP) will present a series of regional meetings, entitled Help for Employers to Link Programs to Skills (HELPS). These meetings will be held throughout the state.

The regional meetings will feature specific front-line case studies of successful recruiting strategies. Leaders in workforce training will provide actionable strategies and HELPS. After attending, participants will be able to expand applicant pools to include nontraditional job seekers, access training resources, and build critical partnerships. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.; Program: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Whispering Woods Hotel & Conference Center
7300 Hacks Cross Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Human Resource Managers and anyone charged with recruitment and training should attend.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks — James Williams, Director, MMA-MEP

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
MMA-MEP What, Where, How? — Glenn Dennis, Director, MSU CAVS Extension 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Mississippi Works and Smart Start — James Williams, Director, MMA-MEP 

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Closing the Skill Gap Discussion Panel: Creative Connections — Representatives from the Mississippi Partnership Local Workforce Development Board, Northwest Community College, and Career Technical High School

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Inclusive Workplaces: Hiring an Untapped Population of Dedicated Employees — Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Mississippi Department of Corrections, and Mississippi National Guard

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Status of Manufacturing in Mississippi — Jay C. Moon, President & CEO, MMA, and John McKay, Executive Vice President, MMA

1:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Registration includes handout materials, breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Space is limited to 50 people. Limited to two (2) people per company. 

If registration is full and you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Carolyn Miller at 601-709-2923 or

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Whispering Woods Hotel & Conference Center 7300 Hacks Cross Rd Olive Branch, MS 38654