Jackson County leaders hear about new workforce development program

Representatives from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Foundation and the United Way of Jackson and George Counties all visited the Board of Supervisors meeting to unveil more details about P3: PASSION. PURPOSE. PAYCHECK.

The program stems from Gov. Tate Reeves’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. It’s a workforce development program that provides seven career coaches for each of the Jackson County high schools. The coaches help students find their passions in life and what career options are available to them while tracking everything through the MERIT app.

“The way we are going in the future is credentialing apps,” Deputy Director of Jackson County Economic Development Foundation Mary Martha Henson said.

The program also features videos of people that work in various fields across Jackson County, some of which even attended Jackson County schools.

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