SEC. 37-153-7. Mississippi Work Force Development Council created; duties; membership; staff and administration.
(1) There is created the Mississippi Work Force Development Advisory Council, which shall have the following duties:
(a) To provide a forum for developing the necessary collaboration among state agencies at the highest level for accomplishing the purposes of this chapter;
(b) To monitor the effectiveness of the career centers and district councils created pursuant to this act;
(c) To advise the Governor and public schools, community/junior colleges and institutions of higher learning on effective school-to-work transition policies and programs that link students moving from high school to higher education and students moving between community colleges and four-year institutions in pursuit of academic and technical skills training;
(d) To work with industry to identify barriers that inhibit the delivery of quality work force education and the responsiveness of educational institutions to the needs of industry; and
(e) To provide periodic assessments on effectiveness and results of the system of career centers and district councils.
(2) The state council shall be composed of the following twenty-seven (27) persons:
(a) A private sector representative from each of the fifteen (15) district councils, who will have initial terms as follows: one (1) year for the representatives of Coahoma Community College district, Itawamba Community College district, Hinds Community College district, Jones Junior College district and Southwest Mississippi Community College district; two (2) years for representatives of Northeast Mississippi Community College district, Copiah-Lincoln Community College district, Pearl River Community College district; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College district and East Mississippi Community College district; and three (3) years for representatives of Northwest Mississippi Community College district, Mississippi Delta Community College district, Meridian Community College district, East Central Community College district and Holmes Community College district. All subsequent appointments shall be for a term of three (3) years and continue until their successors are appointed and qualify. An appointment to fill a vacancy which arises for reasons other than by expiration of a term of office shall be for the unexpired term only;
(b) The State Superintendent of Public Education;
(c) The Commissioner of Higher Education;
(d) The Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges;
(e) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Employment Security Commission;
(f) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services;
(g) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development;
(h) The Governor of the State of Mississippi;
(i) A representative of the private business sector appointed by the Governor;
(j) A representative of the State Literacy Resource Center;
(k) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services;
(l) An employee representing an employee group or association appointed by the Lieutenant Governor; and
(m) An executive of a major service provider appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
(3) The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development and the Governor's private business sector appointee to the state council shall serve as the co-chairs of the state council.
(4) The State Board for Community and Junior Colleges shall provide the necessary staff and administrative support to the state council.
SOURCES: Laws, 1994, ch. 585, Sec. 4; 1996, ch. 521, Sec. 9, eff from and after July 1, 1996