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TCWA: Non-Profit of the Year






Listening and responding are an important first step in chipping away at a sense of hopelessness a certainty, borne out by past experience, that things are unlikely to change. For Tri- County Workforce Alliance, the critical next step is for people directly affected by poverty and its consequences to become actively involved in potential solutions, empowering and transforming them in the process.



​​TCWA expands programming to add a new component for 9th grade participants. A youth run school health council at J.W. Stampley 9th Grade Academy in Clarksdale MS.

Student Health Council



Academy in Mathematics, Science and Reading



In an effort to alleviate the shortage of nurses in the state of Mississippi TCWA in Partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsors the High School Mentorship Program in Healthcare Professions. 

High School Mentorship Program




Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation through the National Economic Development and Law Center in Oakland, CA awards TCWA a $15,000 grant to continue the Carpentry forWomen program. 



Pathways to Collaboration

TCWA is chosen as one of seven orginizations from 764 applicants to become part of the Pathways to Collaboration workgroup. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation the purpose of the collaborative is to examine the success of and create a means of communicating to the world the special value of the collaborative process of engaging people who are directly experiencing problems in community problem solving.



The Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute partner with TCWA  introducing its Problem Solving for Better Health (PSBH) methodology, which draws on community strengths,resources, and participation toaddress health related issues.

Dreyfus Health Foundation


Workforce Public Policy Initiative


​​Through funding provided by the Foundation for the Mid South the initiative provided a program to develop policy that promotes opportunities to construct, implement, and evaluate framework that is comprehensive in nature. This resulted in the development of a professionalization curriculum that is sanctioned by employers and potential employees.


TCWA partners with Clarksdale Municipal School District TCWA sponsors the Summer Enrichment Program in Reading and Math to 165 at-risk 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. 

Summer Enrichment Program

​TCWA receives grant from Entergy and Tech Prep to offer CHOICES to 250 students. CHOICES is an international program  that began in 1983 in the state of Washington. The two-day curriculum was designed to present a seminar on the importance of education for middle and high school students.


Carpentry for Women

TCWA receives $37,000 grant from the Mott Family Foundation to sponsor a Carpentry for Women program. The program places emphasis on training and placing women of different ages and backgrounds in non-traditional fields of work. 


The Tri-County Workforce Alliance creates change by
crossing all boundaries political, racial, and social. The goal
is to bridge the gap between communities and between business and educational institutions.



TCWA partners with the Chamber of Commerce and the public schools system sponsor Industry Education Day a program designed for tutoring in mathematics and reading with cultural and survival components for two schools 4th,5th, and 6th graders who are at risk of academic failure 

Industry Education Day

TCWA host parent rallies to help parents understand their roloes and responsibilities in the education of their children. TCWA partnered with the ten school districts in the tri-county area

Parent Rallies

Carpentry For Youth

TCWA partners with Jonestown Service Project sponsor carpentry instruction for youth. The students built such things as bookcases, park benches, porches, playhouse for a health clinic, doghouses, and entertainment centers.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day

TCWA sponsors annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Students in grades seven through twelve from public schools in Coahoma, Bolivar, and Quitman counties. The purpose of the day was to give students an opportunity to better understand the importance and relevance of their education and to see firsthand the range of knowledge, skills and teamwork  that the workplace demands.


TCWA receives a $5,000 grant to begin developing initial sectoral employment strategies to expand the economies of Bolivar, Coahoma, and Quitman counties. TCWA chooses healthcare for its sectoral employment development. The program looks to meet a critical worker shortage in the healthcre field in the Delta area.

Transition To Healthcare

TCWA partners with Coahoma Community College to bringthe nationally known JASON Project to the Clarksdale area. The project was only offered at 32 sites worldwide at the time as an educational tool for science classes.

The JASON Project


Youth and the World of Work

​​TCWA partners with The Delta Partners Initiative program in the Center for Community Development, MS action for Community Education (MACE), and Mid-Delta Workforce Alliance to sponsor a region wide welfare reform conference entitled Challenges and Oppurtunities for public private partnership, the workshop was attended by 177 people. 

Delta Partners Initiative

TCWA awards grants in the amount of up to $2,000 to community-based organizations, schools, business, etc. for workforce preperation and workforce development.

TCWA Announces Mini-Grants



Welfare Reform

TCWA holds its first Welfare reform seminar. The purpose of the seminar was to get the community acquainted with new welfare reforms and how they will affect Delta TCWA residents.

TCWA's first Job Resource Fair features more than 30 businesses and industries. More than 450 participants from Coahoma, Quitman, and Bolivar counties visited the fair.

Job Resource Fair

TCWA Selects Leader

TCWA holds its first area meetings with the unemployed to gain some insight as to how the unemployed can improve their skills in order to become gainfully employed.

Area Job Meetings

Hard work pays off

​TCWA is awarded a $400,000 implementation grant from the Foundation of the Mid-South to help improve the opportunities and applicable job skills of Delta workers.

To mount its campaign for a competitive workforce members of the TCWA Coalition Steering Committee and Task Force chose Josephine P. Rhymes as its Executive Director. Rhymes is a native of Lake Charles, La., and is a retiree from the Clarksdale Public School System.


In order to transform the economic status of the Tri-County area it was imperative that the alliance establish wholesome and active relationships with key stakeholders and the community at large.  With continued support of local agencies, businesses, schools and communities, TCWA is confident that the plan will improve the Delta economy. 


TCWA is awarded a $25,000 community planning grant to plan and eventually implement an education and training program for residents of Bolivar, Coahoma and Quitman counties.

Success At Last


TCWA applies for a $25,000 grant from the Foundation for the Mid South. The proposal comes very close to being selected, but was not among region communities chosen to receive a grant.

An Unexpected Setback


In The Beginning

The Coalition Steering Committee and Task Force attend a retreat at Lake-Tiak-O-Khata Resort in Louisville, MS. The retreat served as the backdrop for workshops and training that ultimately formed the goals of the project.

A Plan For Economic Growth


Coahoma Community College intiates work with local business owners, economic  developers, and others to apply for an initial $25,000 planning grant and subsequent $400,000 community implementation grant for economic growth in the counties of Coahoma, Tunica, Quitman, and North Bolivar.


By the year 2020, economic and community development will be enhanced in the Tri-County area through the inclusive efforts of Tri-County Workforce Alliance.


To promote long-term economic and community development by building a healthy and competitive workforce through education and job training.