Career Step

What are the program qualifications?

  • Must live in Twin District's Workforce Area
  • Must be between ages 18-59
  • Must not be currently enrolled in high school
  • Household income not exceeding 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Must be either a custodial or noncustodial parent (with a support obligation) of a dependent child(ren) 
  • Must complete eligibility process prior to start of course/program
  • Must register and prepay course fee (noncredit courses only)
    (Refunds will be issued if eligible for this program)
  • Funding based on need up to $6,000

What programs of study qualify for assistance?

Note - CareerSTEP assistance will only be provided in programs one year or less in length. Programs longer than one year must have a completion/exit point at one year or less. No assistance is provided beyond the first year. Students receiving assistance must receive their credential and/or one year certificate.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Commercial Truck Driving*
  • Construction Trades
  • Electrical Technology*
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Healthcare Assistant (CNA)
  • Medical Office Management Technology*
  • Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology

Workforce/Continuing Education (CE) Programs

  • Adult Detention Officer Training*
  • Basic Welding
  • Cabinetry and Woodworking
  • Dental Radiation Health & Safety
  • EMT Basic Refresher
  • Hair Braiding
  • HVAC
  • Lineman, Utility*
  • MPSA Reserve Law*
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy

* Indicated courses require completion of WIOA ETPL application process prior to CareerSTEP funding eligibility determination. 


The program is funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal funds awarded to the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District acts as the fiscal agent for the Twin Districts Workforce Development Area, the 24-county service area served by the program.


For more informationFor more information: 
Michelle Thompson, Workforce Project & Grants Manager