Regional Workforce Training Center

Adult Education

Located in the Regional Workforce Training Center, the Workforce Development personnel provide a variety of services and act as liaisons between Southwest Mississippi Community College, the business community, and the workforce.

A team approach is used in offering business, industrial, workforce and basic skills training. Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) free preparatory classes; Testing and Assessment services along with Pearson VUE testing; a Dropout/Educational Recovery Program; an Institute for Learning in Retirement program. All services are designed to serve incumbent and prospective members of the workforce, business and industry, and Southwest Mississippi Community College students.


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Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) may be awarded to those taking non-credit training programs/activities that meet established guidelines. Appropriate approval for awarding CEU’s must be determined prior to the start of a program/activity. For more information contact the Workforce Development Center in the Regional Workforce Training Center.

Institute For Learning In Retirement

Southwest Mississippi Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) offers classes for retirees or individuals over 50 years of age who are interested in combining learning with social activities. Members pay an annual fee and course fees as they are offered. The ILR is membership driven, giving participants an opportunity to plan educational and social events to meet their particular needs. For more information contact the ILR Director at 601.276.3889 or 601.276.3836.

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Dropout Recovery

The purpose of the Dropout Recovery Initiative is to “reclaim lost potential.” Anyone who has not completed high school is encouraged to prepare for and take the GED. Once the GED is completed, free counseling is available to help individuals plan continued education. For more information contact College/Career Navigator at (601) 276-3802 or (601) 276-3836.

Testing & Assessment Center

The High School Equivalency (HSE) test, Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), and ACT WorkKeys are administered through the RWTC. Southwest Mississippi Community College is a Pearson VUE authorized test center. For more information, contact the Testing Administrator at (601) 276-3842 or (601) 276-3836.

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes are free and available to Mississippians 17 years of age or older (by September 1), who are not enrolled in any public, private, or home school programs. These classes help individuals enhance basic reading, writing, or math skills and prepare to take the HSE test. For more information, contact the Adult Basic Education Director at (601) 276-3846 or (601) 276-3836.


SMCC is committed to helping our students achieve their educational goals in obtaining their high school equivalency diploma. This will change their lives forever and put them on the path to a new career, college, or to advance in their current job. We help our students develop critical thinking skills and self-confidence that will help them achieve great things. Our career navigator is dedicated to helping our learners plan for their future and help them deal with challenges as they follow through to their dreams. Smart Start helps our students learn and practice good work habits and the effective communications skills they need to secure meaningful employment. We value our relationships with our students and want to help them reach their fullest potential.


To change the lives of our students forever and put them on the path to a new career, college, or to advance in their current job.

a group photo of the staff at the SMCC Regional Workforce Training Center in 2024

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