Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has awarded grant money to the South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC), the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority (TEDA), and Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) through Tier 2 funding.
Each of Louisiana’s eight economic development regions received funding to address workforce concerns and needs. The Bayou Region, working through SLEC, was able to secure three matching grants. SLEC will launch a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the goal of providing short and long term technical training to workers in the Bayou Region.
The apprenticeship program will benefit Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes. Strengthening the current industry and boosting its capacity is key to Louisiana’s economy. Training programs will be offered in the fields of Machine Tooling, Integrated Production Technologies, and Welding.
“We’ve seen success with past Apprenticeship Programs and it is now our goal to capitalize on those past experiences. Developing this new program will allow us to address current workforce needs within the Bayou Region and increase our workforce capacity as industry returns,” said Vic Lafont, President and CEO of SLEC. •