Gov. Jindal Applauds US Labor Department Grant to Assist LA Workers
Grant to provide workforce training, re-employment assistance
The Louisiana Workforce Commission today was awarded a grant of up to $7.5 million by the US Labor Department to provide workforce training for jobs in the New Orleans area and re-employment services to 1,500 workers, which includes around 1,200 workers affected by permanent business closures and mass layoffs and another 300 long-term displaced workers impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"This grant is the most recent result of our continued commitment to building an integrated, demand-driven workforce development system in Louisiana, geared to helping our people pursue great careers, especially as we recover from these two back to back storms" said Gov. Bobby Jindal. "We applaud the federal government for recognizing the need for continued support in the Gulf Coast area as we work to rebuild and grow employment opportunities for our citizens."
The grant, which will be administered through the Louisiana Workforce Commission, will help to train people across Southeast Louisiana in high-growth industries such as advanced manufacturing, petro-chemical and alternative energy, international trade and the creative arts. These industries have been identified by local leaders as being critical for the rebuilding and growth of the New Orleans-area workforce.
The grant also will provide workers affected by business closures and workforce reductions with dislocated worker services in addition to specialized skills training being created by the state to provide comprehensive individual development plans customized for each worker. TAA-eligible dislocated workers will have access to services not covered under the TAA program, including counseling, case management, job search, job placement and follow up.
Of the total award, more than $2 million has been immediately released to the LWC. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for disaster assistance.
The project includes the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Jefferson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Orleans, Plaquemines, Red River, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Webster.