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Commissioned by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC), this economic impact study analyzes the contributions of Mississippi’s community colleges to the state’s economy. The results illustrate that community colleges serve Mississippians, prepare students for success at four-year colleges and universities, support communities across the state’s 82 counties, and are strong economic drivers that make significant contributions to the state’s economy.  The results of this study show that community colleges and the students they serve have a multi-billion dollar impact on Mississippi’s economy, generating an annual estimated $2.1 billion in wages and salaries in the state. Each year, this results in more than a quarter billion dollars in state and local tax revenue and nearly $4 billion in state GDP.

Mississippi Works is an integrated system of government agencies, businesses, and industry leaders working together to keep Mississippi on a path to growth and progress. This framework is built upon three pillars: (1) to prepare a high-performance workforce, (2) to connect people with jobs, and employers with a skilled workforce, and (3) to sustain Mississippi’s growth by creating a pipeline that fulfills dynamic industry needs. Read more about it here.