GNO, Inc., Chevron, Delgado Partner With Local Companies To Host Technical Skills Expo

NEW ORLEANS — Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), Chevron, and Delgado Community College announced the success of the 2nd Annual Technical Skills Expo. Approximately 800 high school students from across the region are being exposed to career options utilizing technical skills through the Technical Skills Expo, which kicked off today at Delgado’s Jefferson Campus and concludes tomorrow.

The Technical Skills Expo is hosted by GNO, Inc. and Delgado and is graciously sponsored by Chevron. Other key industry partners include Turner Industries and Laitram, L.L.C.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and so it is critical that our young people are educated about the outstanding career opportunities they will be able to access with the right technical skills,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This second Technical Skills Expo will show hundreds of local students that via dual enrollment at Delgado, they can be on an accelerated path to a well-paying job at a great company like Chevron.”

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“Developing the next generation of talent is critical to the success of our company and the community,” said Mike Illanne, vice president of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “The number of jobs in the energy industry is expected to grow by 2 million by 2020. Through our sponsorship of the Technical Skills Expo, we’re encouraging students to learn more about vocational training and the tremendous opportunities within local industries. For many students, this event will be the first step to a promising career.”

“A robust, diversified economy requires the availability of a properly educated workforce,” said Joan Y. Davis, Chancellor, Delgado Community College. “In the New Orleans region, Delgado Community College continues its long history of preparing residents for careers in good-paying jobs. The young people attending this Technical Skills Expo will soon become the skilled workers moving the regional economy forward, while enjoying the many benefits of employment in growth industries that Delgado supports through workforce development and education.”

“Laitram is very excited that Delgado and GNO, Inc. have been so instrumental in bringing industry together to educate students on career opportunities in the technical trades,” said Franck LaBiche, Human Resources Director, Laitram L.L.C. “This is just the beginning of industry working together to help shorten the technical trade shortage in the Greater New Orleans region.”

“Turner Industries is pleased to participate in the Technical Skills Expo,” said Stephen Toups, Senior Vice President and CIO of Turner Industries. “Our need for skilled workers in these fields is increasing, and we appreciate the opportunity to educate local students about these high-wage careers. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with GNO, Inc. technical colleges, and industry training providers to meet our workforce needs.”

“Louisiana and the New Orleans region is experiencing tremendous economic growth, and the Technical Skills Expo is a great opportunity to educate and connect high school students with the thousands of high demand, high wage career opportunities that align with the Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow public agenda,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges. “The Technical Skills Expo benefits the students and their potential employers. Starting college while enrolled in high school gives students a competitive advantage and ensures that employers will recruit and hire students that are skilled and ready to work.”

“The Technical Skills Expo is an example of the success of collaborations between industry and higher education, and aligns with Jumpstart by providing high school students with career experiences that expose them to high-wage, high growth opportunities,” said Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White. “The Department of Education looks forward to continuing to work with our partners in higher education, economic development, and industry to promote technical careers in Louisiana.”

The Expo features live demonstrations of technical training and skills and information sessions led by industry craftsmen and technicians. These in-depth demonstrations allow students to directly connect with industry to better understand career pathways and dual enrollment training opportunities available at Delgado and other training options throughout the region.

Lunch for the Technical Skills Expo was prepared by Café Reconcile. Cafe Reconcile’s Workforce training program utilizes the hospitality setting to teach disadvantaged 16-22 year olds the soft skills and life skills necessary to prepare them to further their education and to get jobs in any field.


About Greater New Orleans, Inc.

GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization, serving to coordinate, consolidate, and catalyze economic development activity. 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.

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