Business Community Announces Support for Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, business organizations across Louisiana announced support for the newly adopted Our Louisiana 2020:  Building the Workforce of Tomorrow strategic plan.  To address growing workforce challenges, Louisiana’s community and technical colleges have developed Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow which consists of six goals that the community and technical colleges have established and embraced and the LCTCS Board of Supervisors has endorsed.

“Workforce is the key to unlocking our economy’s future,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.   “Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow will ensure that we have the right quantity and quality of workforce to support our growth, because it recognizes that future employment demands of the business community should  drive curricula and training.  We look forward to continuing to work with our community and technical colleges to prepare our workforce for the future.”

The goals of the new strategic plan include:

  • Double the Number of Graduates to 40,000 Annually
  • Double the Earnings of the Annual Graduating Class to $1.5 Billion
  • Quadruple Student Transfers to Four-Year Universities to 10,000 Annually
  • Double the Number of Students Served to 325,000 Annually
  • Quadruple Partnerships with Business and Industry to 1,000 Annually
  • Double Foundation Assets to $50 Million

Organizations around the region who have formally endorsed the plan include:

  • Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Hammond Area Economic & Industrial Development District
  • Hammond Industrial Development Board
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
  • Jefferson Business Council
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  • Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • River Region Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
  • St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation
  • Southeast Super Region Committee
  • Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation

Based on the economic expansion and substantial investments by companies growing their operations and relocating to Louisiana, the estimated number of skilled employees needed will be in the tens of thousands. Business and industry, state government, and higher education officials must collectively work together to ensure that all Louisiana citizens have the opportunity to participate fully in this economy.

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