Last Digital Works orientation upcoming

From Press Report

Mississippi State University Extension along with The Enterprise of Mississippi is bringing Digital Works to Choctaw and Webster counties.

Digital Works is a national workforce development program that recruits, trains, places and mentors participants to work from home in mostly customer service jobs. Jobs can be with benefits (W2) or per hour (1099), full time or part time.

Complete the Digital Works training program and then apply for jobs through Digital Works’ portfolio of 60-plus national companies. Applicants will interview with individual companies. Pay and benefits will vary depending on the company the applicant interviews with.

Average pay for a Digital Works participant at Level I, working in customer service is $10-$11 per hour. The customer service jobs are an entry point to better paying work from home jobs such as handling insurance claims (Level II), technical support (Level III) and freelancing (Level IV).

An orientation session about the Digital Works program will be at 5 p.m. May 22 at the Choctaw Extension office in Ackerman. The Choctaw Extension office is located 67 Harmon Circle in the annex behind the Choctaw County Courthouse.

At the orientation session participants will learn about the program and the requirements. If an individual is interested, they will need to stay after the orientation to complete an online assessment measuring their computer skills and ability to type. To participate in the program you must attend the orientation session and register beforehand at by clicking the apply now button.

All applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Mississippi resident
  • Age 18 and over
  • High school degree or GED certificate
  • Have a desktop/laptop computer no more than four years old
  • At least DSL or cable internet connectivity at home
  • Basic/moderate computer skills
  • Type 35 words per minute

All individuals who qualify for the Digital Works program must complete the Work Keys Assessment at a local community college before they begin the training program scheduled for June.

If you have questions or need more information please contact Juli Hughes, Choctaw County Extension Office, at 285-6337 or Lisa Stewart, Webster County Extension Office, at 258-3971.