Workforce Courses

The Division of Workforce Training and Economic Development is located in Holliday Hall at NEMCC in Booneville and at the NEMCC campuses in New Albany and Corinth.

Our division provides training to businesses, industries and residents within the five county district which includes Alcorn, Tippah, Union, Prentiss and Tishomingo.

Industrial/ Manufacturing Course Offerings

Structural Welding

The Welding and Cutting Course is intended to prepare the successful student for entry-level employment in the field of welding and cutting. The curriculum includes Safety, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Oxy-fuel Cutting, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Click the link for the Structural Welding Application.

Customized Welding

This course is an introduction to welding of pipe using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) including electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices. Click the link for the Customized Welding-Application.

Manufacturing Skills Basic

Manufacturing Skills Certification is designed to provide applicants with the skills needed to be successful in a high-performance manufacturing environment.  The course introduces and reinforces skills in safety, interpreting technical documents, precision measuring instruments and quality systems.  In addition, high performance manufacturing principles are introduced, including 5S, value stream mapping, kanban systems, and process controls.

Maintenance Technician Certificate

Maintenance Technician certification is intended to introduce the student to skills required for basic maintenance.  Students will use Boolean algebra and trig in their study of AC/DC electrical, wiring, power distribution, electrical machines, relay controls, motor controls, programmable logic controls, fluid power and troubleshooting.  Requires completion of Manufacturing Skills Basic as a prerequisite.


10-Hour OSHA Safety

The 10-hour General Industry Training Program is intended to provide workers with the general awareness of recognizing and preventing hazards in the workplace. This training includes topics; such as, an overview of OSHA, basic electrical safety, & walking/working surfaces, machine guarding, emergency action plans, and flammable and combustible liquids.

30-Hour OSHA Safety

The 30-Hour General Industry Safety Training course is a comprehensive safety program  designed for general industry workers and supervisors. Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues.

40-Hour Waste Site Worker Health and Safety

All hazardous waste site workers must have a minimum of 40 hours of training (OSHA 1910.120). This class is for personnel who work at hazardous waste cleanup sites. Topics covered include worker protection procedures, health effects of hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, air monitoring, waste site control, containment and emergencies, and equipment decontamination procedures.

24-Hour Industrial Emergency Response

This training course has been designed to fulfill the 24-hour HOWPER training requirements for personnel engaged in emergency response action at uncontrolled hazardous waste site.

DOT HazMat      

This training provides your employees with training to recognize hazards, classify hazards according to standards, pack, mark, and label materials in compliance to standards, and to use reference materials properly.

Confined Space Awareness      

Proper Confined Space Training will show employers and employees what the principal hazards are in Confined Spaces, and how to protect themselves. Whether the danger is engulfment, toxic or flammable atmospheres, or other physical or environmental hazards, employee awareness and protection are the most important aspect of Confined Space operations. Worker injuries and fatalities are preventable with the right mix of information and commitment from management.

Hazard Awareness and Communication

This course is designed to provide you with a general overview of each of the following critical focus areas:

  • Potential Hazards of Chemicals, including Physical and Health Hazards
  • Acute or Short-term Chemical Health Effects
  • Chronic or Long-Term Chemical Health Effects
  • The Importance and Need for Hazard Communication (HazCom)
  • HazCom Methods and General Program Requirements
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Chemical Labeling Requirements
  • Your Right To Know and Personal Responsibilities When Working With Chemical

Disaster Site Worker      

The Disaster Site Worker training program is for Disaster Site Workers who provide skilled support services, (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or site cleanup services in response to natural and man-made disasters. Specifically, it is recognized that all workers at disaster sites need to be aware of the differences between disaster sites and regular construction or demolition worksites and be able to inspect, don, and doff air-purifying respirators.

Leadership Skills

Essential Skills of Leadership

A review of the most important skills a leader must possess

  • Modeling leadership: character, integrity, respect
  • Separating facts from opinions
  • Engaging all experts

Essential Skills of Communication

Communication is the key to success no matter the situation. During this workshop you will learn to

  • Build cooperative relationships that focuses on trust and respect
  • Communicate successfully using simple and direct language
  • Develop or increase your active-listening skills to anticipate and avoid misunderstandings
  • Remove the barriers that weaken your ability to communicate well

Resolving Conflict

The program uses a training technique called behavior modeling, which has been proven effective with all types of leaders, in all kinds of situations.

  • Improve relations with team members
  • Increased productivity because of improved relations
  • Reduce the amount of stress in your work
  • Focus on resolving conflict at the source, rather than reacting to situations that escalate to violence

Managing Complaints

To manage complaints well requires a proven process that builds on listening and problem-solving skills.  Expected outcomes:.

  • Understand why all team member complaints must be dealt with rather than ignored or dismissed.
  • Be more sensitive to all the problems-major or trivial, real or imagined-that can lie behind complaints.
  • Understand techniques used to determine underlying problems, which are not always the same as those the team member thinks are responsible for his/her difficulties.
  • Use various techniques to solve such problems while maintaining a positive relationship with the team member.

Improving Work Habits

To improve work habits one must objectively describe the habit so the team member takes ownership.  Expected outcomes:.

  • Explain the observed work habit and why it concerns you.
  • Ask the team member why it is occurring.
  • Ask the team member for ways to resolve the issue.
  • Agree on actions that must be taken to solve the problem.
  • Follow up and monitor progress.