Scale-up Southeast Louisiana Initiative

Delgado Community College in Southeast Louisiana works with employers such as ExxonMobil, Laitram, U.S. Heritage Powersports, Lockheed Martin and Phillips to fulfill the needs of business and industry in Southeastern Louisiana by offering high-skilled, high-wage, competency-based training programs that meet employer and industry needs. The project focuses on taking participants who are not ready for college-level academic work, including those without a high school diploma, and engaging them in training that will teach them academic reading, writing and math skills in the context of real world applications in manufacturing and energy. Partner employers contribute to program design and implementation as well as provide employment, work-based training opportunities; and resources such as equipment, facilities and instructors. Over the next three years, the program expects to train 1,150 students for jobs in welding, machining, electrical and industrial maintenance.

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