Workforce Resources and Initiatives

Partners offer employers workforce development support
Workforce Opportunity Grant
The Rapides Foundation provides funding to support training for the skills needed, where current training capacity is inadequate to meet the demand for high-demand, high income occupations.  Applicants must be an accredited, public, nonprofit, post-secondary institution that has identified participating businesses and their employees.  Awards are available for up to $100,000.  For more information go to or call Wayne Denley at 318-441-3427.
Hiring Transitioning Veterans
Hiring a veteran of the U.S. Military comes with a host of benefits.  Fortunately, those benefits are available to many businesses in Cenral Louisiana because many soldiers transition out of active duty at Fort Polk in Leesville.  These veterans are exiting an outcome-focused culture, so they typically have a “get the job done” attitude.  This is just one of the reasons that it is good corporate police to hire exiting soldiers.  For more info contact the Transition Services Manager for Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program at Fort Polk, Leesville, LA  337-531-1594.
Manufacturing Center at CLTCC provides customized training
Central Louisiana manufacturers are partnering with Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s newly equipped Manufacturing Center of Excellence to produce more skilled workers.  Companies have partnered in training programs, donations, advisory roles and even a Manufacturing Expo for students to further explore the possibilities for a career in manufacturing.  Employer partners include AFCO Industries, Baker Manufacturing, Boise Cascade, CLECO, Crest Industries, Eclectic Products, Gilchrist Construction, Hayes Manufacturing, Plastipak, Procter&Gamble, RoyOMartin, Union Tank Car and Weyerhaeuser.
You too can partner.  Send your employees to customized training for two to five days a week to learn more on programmable logic controllers.  Or become part of an operator apprenticeship, where students spend two to three days a week in class at the school and the rest of the week on the job site.  To find out more, call Misty Slayter at  318-308-1346 or visit