Capital One and Greater New Orleans, Inc. Complete Second Installment of IT Everywhere

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. and Capital One announced the completion of the second installment of IT Everywhere, a series of educational sessions designed to inform educators about information technology job opportunities in Greater New Orleans. Through the four-session program, teachers, counselors and other education stakeholders are granted first-hand exposure to the many IT career pathways in the region so that they can educate students about the various career options available in the field. For this installment, sessions were hosted at Entrescan, Jefferson Parish Government, Tulane University, and LCMC Health. This program was made possible through the generous support of Capital One.

“Showcasing a diverse set of employers working in IT to regional educators perfectly aligns with our mission to build a strong regional workforce that is career trained and work ready,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “IT Everywhere ensures we’re maximizing our opportunities to build that trained workforce in this dynamic, growing industry. GNO, Inc. is honored to partner with Capital One, which shares in our commitment to strengthen workforce development in the Greater New Orleans region.”

“Through our five-year, $150 million Future Edge initiative, Capital One is helping people develop skills for the 21st century,” said Karen DeBlieux, Southeast Louisiana Market President for Capital One. “We’re committed to advancing workforce development in Greater New Orleans and other communities across the U.S. We’re pleased that our support of GNO, Inc. and the IT Everywhere program is enhancing the ability of educators to help local students become leaders and innovators.”

Through these sessions, educators and counselors were able to visit and explore the employer’s facilities while speaking directly to professionals within the field. Participants finished each session with an updated knowledge and familiarity of current workplace practices, requirements and skills that are valued within IT.

“The IT Everywhere cohort provides an invaluable opportunity for educators to learn more about local IT businesses,” said Kristen Green, Dean of Transition at George Washington Carver High School. After completing the first session with 3D printing company Entrescan, Kristen said, “Entrescan’s eagerness to partner with local high schools and participate in work-based learning models is palpable. After our first session, I was able to incorporate my newfound knowledge of 3D printing and connection to Entrescan into the roll out of an RFP project, with the winning team’s RFP now getting the chance to take its ideas and model to scale. Without this opportunity I wouldn’t have the insight to provide students information about a growing industry with a wealth of jobs within city limits.”

On her experience with the program, Lucy Lejeune, Career and Technical Education Coordinator for Jefferson Parish Public Schools, said, “IT Everywhere gave me the opportunity to make connections with industry partners and discover the types of jobs, skills and equipment that are necessary for those jobs. This has helped me to continue to improve our IT curriculum and upgrade our equipment to keep education relevant to the current job market.”

This year, IT Everywhere included four sessions:
• Friday, September 29, 2017: Entrescan
• Friday, October 20, 2017: Jefferson Parish
• Friday, November 10, 2017: Tulane University
• Friday, December 8, 2017: University Medical Center

The specific areas of expertise highlighted at each location ranged from 3D printing and emergency planning to medical informatics and information security. By exposing educators and counselors to a wide variety of employers working in information technology, IT Everywhere hoped to emphasize both the traditional and non-traditional occupations and the corresponding pathways that advance students into those careers.

Each session featured:
• A presentation outlining industry needs and pathways for education
• Corporate overview and IT department overview of host employer
• Guided tour of IT facilities
• Discussion with IT staff members of the host company

This year’s IT Everywhere Participants include:
Bernadette Woods – Edna Karr High School
Sharmeika F. Daniels – Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School
Farah K. Parker – LW Higgins High School
Amna Mousa – Cuillier Career Center
Patricia Alexis – Phoenix High School
Liz Tadlock – Phoenix High School
Emerlyne Jones – Plaquemines High School
Joshua Mire – Belle Chasse High School
Charity LeBlanc – Salmen High School
Elaine Prewett – Pearl River High School
Christy Wiebelt – Slidell High School
Marguerite Dietrich – Mandeville High School
Lucy Lejeune – Jefferson Parish Public School System
Stacey Alexius – St. Tammany Parish Public School System
Melissa Strata Burger- St. Tammany Parish Public School System
Susan Boudreaux – St. Charles Parish Public Schools
Alison Bordelon – Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Aurora Romero – Hahnville High School
Karen Russo – Hahnville High School
Sam Aguirre-Kelly – Renew Accelerated High School
Kristen L Green – George Washington Carver High School
Bonny Maise – Destrehan High School
Stefanie Ward – Destrehan High School
Lucy Scholz – GW Carver High School
Christina Fontenot – Abramson Sci Academy
Sophia Scott – Collegiate Academies
Cheryl Brown – Delgado Community College
Claire Jecklin – NOLA Career Center
Kaneesha Jones – New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy
Dr. Sundy Barjon – Edna Karr High School
Krista Lawrence – Delgado Community College
Courtney Guidry – New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School
Andre D. Harris – Einstein Charter High School
Melissa Ehlinger – YouthForce NOLA
Karley Cooper – Sumner High School
Carlin Jacobs – Educate Now!
Sunny Dawn Summers – New Harmony High School
Andrea Kuhn – Fisher Middle High School
Sean Johnstone – Edna Karr High School

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana. The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community. The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.