James Williams has been named Executive Director of Mississippi’s State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB). “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve with this board. I look forward to working with everyone involved with SWIB to help strengthen workforce development in Mississippi,” said Williams.
SWIB works to consolidate and strengthen the state’s workforce development system in order to make it more efficient. SWIB 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. SWIB also works to alleviate the shortage of qualified workers.
MMA President and CEO, and SWIB Chair Jay C. Moon said, “On behalf of the SWIB, 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.”
Williams has over 30 years work experience in the community college system. He served 13 years at Itawamba Community College (ICC) as Vice President of Economic and Community Services where his team provided workforce training and services to the college service district, which included operating four WIN Job Centers, three of which were implemented under his leadership. Williams provided the vision and leadership for the development of one of the primary aspects of that program, the Manufacturing Solutions Center located at ICC’s Belden Center. Williams also played a leading role in the development of the Mississippi Corridor Consortium.
Williams’ other accomplishments include: initiating the 21st Century Skills labs at ICC and Mississippi Corridor Consortium; initiating the Counseling to Career program for economically disadvantaged youth at ICC; establishing the largest National Career Readiness Center in Mississippi; developing the Mobile Career Exploration Laboratory for high school students in the area of advanced manufacturing; assisting with the establishment of Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician program; assisting in the development and implementation of the Make it in America grant internship program; establishing the first Small Business Administration Center at Northeast Mississippi Community College; and assisting with and providing direction to the development of the first workforce training division at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a Master in Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and has completed all course work toward his Doctorate at the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Wanda, have been married more than 33 years and have one daughter, Amanda.
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