Video: App Aims to Keep Mississippi Talent Close to Home


Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) – Why is the younger population in Mississippi, not wanting to stay after they graduate college? Jobs.

“A lot of my friends who do leave are just, they have bigger aspirations then what they feel can be achieved in Mississippi, I think is the biggest thing,” says Mississippi State student, Alexandra Brasher.

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There are over 38,000 jobs available in the Magnolia State and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC)partnered up to make it known.

“We have found out that actually the reason why many might leave the state is because they’re not, they don’t really know there’s jobs right here in the state. As a result of that we as a state, have kind of come up with an innovation to let our students know what’s available before they actually complete their degree,” says NSPARC Executive Director, Professor Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi.

MS Works is an app that was created by National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center(NSPARC), after Governor Phil Bryant came up with the idea of using data and technology to help people find jobs.

“Governor Bryant took this as really a way to help, so he’s been the champ, he’s been the one that’s being our cheerleader, in terms of letting people know that we do have the means to connect you with jobs,” says NSPARC Executive Director, Professor Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi.

Using the app will show college students who don’t want to leave Mississippi after graduation, that there are more job opportunities than they may think.

“I’m trying to figure out where I want to work and what I want to do, there’s definitely not as many opportunities here, but if I can find something, I think it’s worth it,” says Mississippi State student, Hannah Riggs.

There are around 20,000 people in the Mississippi Grad Jobs system and 83% of them have found jobs which proves it works.

“For our students within our higher education system, the 8 public universities, after 5 years, 52% of the students actually are able to find jobs and stay in the state, while the rest pretty much will probably be going to find jobs somewhere else,” says NSPARC Executive Director, Professor Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi.