Services at WIN Job Center

Northwest operates full-time WIN Job Centers in DeSoto, Lafayette and Tate counties.

Services to Individuals

  • Job search assistance and career advice and planning
  • Career Resources such as books, area newspapers, job listings and a variety of labor market information
  • Computers with internet access, telephones, fax machines and copiers for conducting a job search.
  • Information on interviewing
  • Information on training and education
  • Information on assistance for laid-off workers
  • Unemployment insurance and benefits
  • Information on NAFTA/TAA benefits for employees
  • Services for veterans
  • Information on rehabilitation services
  • Information on referral to child care, transportation and other supportive services
  • Clerical skill testing on a wide variety of subjects
  • Career assessments
  • Resume and cover letter development

Services to Businesses:

  • Basic labor exchange services
  • Database of qualified workers
  • Internet access to post job listings and review resumes
  • Recruiting and screening of job candidates
  • Assistance with writing job descriptions
  • Proficiency testing for employees
  • Private rooms for interviews
  • Labor market and wage information
  • Information on Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC)
  • Information for Rapid Response services
  • Guidance for filing a North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or Trade Adjustment (TAA) petition
  • Information on NAFTA and TAA benefits for employees

WIA

The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) gives state and local officials new authority and flexibility for utilizing federal job training funds to set up market driven workforce investment systems. This initiative brings public systems providing services such as job search assistance, employment, postsecondary technical training, job training and retraining and other labor market aids together with closer links to the realities of changing job markets. Through WIA, adults and dislocated workers age 18 and over receive increasing levels of service via WIN Job Centers. WIA established these centers as a “one stop” delivery system that provides core (basic) and intensive employment services as well as access to other employment and training services.

On-The-Job Training (OJT)
OJT partners employers and job seekers in providing training for eligible companies and individuals. Companies of all sizes can benefit from this training. OJT reimburses the employer for up to 50% of the wage rate of the new employee to cover the extraordinary costs of providing training and supervision. The maximum time that an employer can be reimbursed for a new OJT employee is based on the skill level of the job and the content of the training. All employers qualify who:

  • Offer a full-time position
  • Have an IRS identification number
  • Have a worker’s compensation or equivalent insurance in effect during the duration of the OJT contract
  • Maintain an adequate system of bookkeeping to track time, attendance and invoicing for reimbursement
  • Meet other guidelines specified in the Workforce Investment Board’s OJT Policy

To participate employers must provide:

  • The number of new employees
  • Job titles, descriptions and skill levels
  • Minimum qualifications for each job title
  • Entry-level wage rate for each job title
  • The hiring decision and selection of the trainee
  • A monthly invoice for reimbursement of the training cost
  • Training for the new employee according to the company’s specification

OJT Contacts

Serving: Benton, DeSoto, Marshall and Tate counties.

Paul Williams, DeSoto County WIN Job Center, 7320 Highway 51 North, Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662-342-4002 Fax: 662-342-4773 E-mail: pwilliams@mesc.state.ms.us

Serving: Calhoun, Lafayette and Yalobusha counties.

Chris Maples, Oxford WIN Job Center, 204-1 Colonnade Cove, Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 662-234-3231 Fax: 662-513-0835 E-mail: jmaples@mdes.ms.gov

Individual Training Accounts (ITAs)
ITAs provide qualified individuals with funds to pay for tuition, books and other associated costs to attend approved training courses that will assist them in finding employment or enable them to upgrade current employment. For additional information on this service contact:

Serving Benton, Calhoun, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Tate, Yalobusha counties:
Cathy Moore, WIA Counselor/ITA Specialist, Senatobia WIN Job Center, 4975 Hwy. 51 North, P.O. Box 7045, Senatobia, MS 38668
Phone: 662-562-3356 Fax: 662-562-3353 E-mail: cmoore@northwestms.edu

Counseling to Careers (C2C) Out-of-School Youth Program
Counseling 2 Career (C2C) is designed to develop strong work ethics needed for today’s youth to be successful in the job market.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be 21 years of age or under, out-of-school, meet Federal income guidelines and reside in Calhoun, DeSoto, Lafayette or Tate counties. Participants will receive work ethics training designed to enhance a positive attitude toward work, creating a professional image, developing interpersonal communication, cognitive, and organizational skills. Participants will be given personalized attention in career counseling, educational achievement services, and assistance with post-secondary education, employment, work experience and follow-up services.

Students who successfully complete the work ethics training may qualify for up to 320 hours of paid work experience with a local business. Internships will potentially lead to permanent full- or part-time employment.

For more information please contact:
Tate and DeSoto Counties: Juliana Lamar, C2C Program Coordinator, WIN Job Center, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668, Phone: 662-560-5336

Calhoun and Lafayette Counties: David Kellum, Educational Coordinator/C2C Case Manager, or Margaret Mays, WIN Job Center, 204-1 Colonnade Cove, Oxford, MS 38655, Phone: 662-324-3231

Directory/Quick Reference of WIA Staff: (All area codes are 662)

  • Casey, Jennifer- WIA Manager/Senatobia 562-3355
  • Copeland, Ricky- WIA Case Manager/Senatobia 560-1113
  • Kellum, David-Educational Coordinator/C2C Case Manager/Oxford 234-3231
  • Lamar, Juliana- Out-of-school Youth  (C2C) Program Coordinator/Senatobia 560-5336
  • Latham, Diane- WIA Case Manager/Senatobia  562-3351
  • Margaret Mays- C2C Case Manager/Calhoun County  983-2038
  • McGehee, Mary Beth- WIA Bookkeeper 560-5281
  • Moore, Cathy- WIA Counselor/ 562-3356