Mindful of the fact that Mississippi has one of the lowest labor force participation rates and that over the next decade, two-thirds of all jobs created will require some form of postsecondary education and technical proficiency, and that only 30% of the state’s workforce has the necessary skills to fill these in-demand jobs, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Work Program (TWP) and the SNAP E&T program will be very valuable resources in helping Mississippi address its workforce needs.
Since SNAP E&T Program grants (100% funds) are limited, but Fifty Percent Reimbursement Grants (50/50 or Third-Party Partnerships) can be unlimited. The DWD will expand the SNAP E&T program to include a third-party reimbursement model. This model allows the MDHS to leverage federal funds that can help the state scale career and technical education programs and workforce skills training so they are more accessible to low-income families.
MDHS welcomes your agency to become a Skills2Work partner in providing allowable sector strategy career and technical training, workforce skills training or supportive service components for SNAP E&T recipients that qualify for Skills2Work. Please see our Skills2Work flyer, provider handbook, and the SNAP E&T toolkit for more information on how to receive a reimbursement of up to 40% of the allowable total program cost.