The MBCI holds a ribbon-cutting for a new WIN Job Center satellite office.
The MBCI holds a ribbon-cutting for a new WIN Job Center satellite office.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians celebrated the opening of a WIN Job Center Satellite Office on the Reservation Friday morning.

A ribbon cutting was held to officially open the office.

“We are very excited to have the WIN Satellite Center here on the reservation,” Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said. “It will give our tribal members the opportunity to come in and search for jobs. We are thankful for this partnership.”

Also represented during the press conference were representatives from the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) and the Mississippi Department for Employment Security (MDES).

WIN Job Centers are fully equipped with computers set up to help people look for a job. One can access all of the comprehensive online services and job search aids that MDES provides for you, plus you can search anywhere on the internet to find your next place to work.

If someone needs personal career advice or help navigating your job search, Mississippi Department of Employment Security representatives are experts in knowing what to do and where to go. They help point job seekers in the right direction.

“Reaching this milestone could have only been done through teamwork,” said. Rosa Batiste, branch manager of the MDES.  “We look forward to maintaining a great partnership with you (the Tribe) in the future as we continue to help Mississippians get jobs and continue to impact the lives in the communities we serve,”

Chief Anderson said during the press conference that this project has been years in the work for several years. She thanked all who had been a part of it.

“We are proud of the partnership we have been able to form with the Tribe,” said Allison Beasley, division director of Workforce Development with the SMPDD. “Over the years, we have had other past experiences such as the hospitality center and other things as the jobs and the economy change. We are proud to be back here.”