Louisiana Board of Regents approves new workforce development program

The Louisiana Board of Regents approved a new undergraduate certificate Wednesday, designed to meet the needs of businesses looking for more flexible educational options WAFB-TV reports.

Universities in the state, working Louisiana Economic Development, will partner with tech employers, like CenturyLink, DXC and IBM, to create a more qualified workforce.

“Regents has been fast moving on this initiative and came up with a solution that is amazing,” says LED Fast Start Director Susie Schowen. “What we hear over and over again from industry is computer science majors, for example, are very much in demand, but they aren’t the only college graduate populations that could thrive and be successful in the workforce if they had additional tech skills.”

IBM Baton Rouge Talent Manager Beth O’Quinn says the company currently trains its workers on its own, but the addition of the new programs will shorten the time the company has to invest when hiring.

The undergrad certificate would be offered to current students and returning students who have already earned some college credit or degree. The certificates will require at least 18 credit hours focusing on a skill associated with high demand jobs and specializations. Read the full story.


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