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Three La. Colleges awarded $8.3 million for worker training

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WASHINGTON (KALB News Channel 5) – Senator Landrieu announces awards to three Louisiana Colleges for worker development.

Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced on September 18, three Louisiana community colleges have been awarded a total of $8.3 million for work force development.  Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria will receive $2.75 million, Delgado Community College in New Orleans will receive $2.1 million and Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City will receive $3.5 million. The funding is made possible through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program funded through the 2009 Recovery Act.

Last month, Sen. Landrieu hosted roundtables in Lake Charles and Houma with community leaders, state officials and business stakeholders to discuss ways to meet the growing demand for skilled workers so Louisianians have the skills they need for new jobs coming to Louisiana.

"In order for Louisiana and our country to have long-term and sustainable economic growth, we need to equip our workers with the skills required for the jobs in the 21st century. Targeted funding, like TAACCT grants, for innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and educate workers is key to our strategy to develop our Louisiana workforce," Sen. Landrieu said. "With the right training and the right skills, we can grow and expand the middle class and secure Louisiana's economic future."

The TAACCT Grant Program promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

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