‘Clearly a huge demand’: This new program at community colleges will retrain Louisiana’s unemployed

BY WILL SENTELL | ADVOCATE STAFF WRITER
PUBLISHED SEP 19, 2020 AT 8:00 PM | UPDATED SEP 20, 2020 AT 9:52 AM

Louisiana’s community and technical colleges are launching a program aimed at retraining 5,000 people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic for high demand positions that pay around $50,000 per year.

Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, said the state has already gotten hundreds of inquiries since the effort began Sept. 14. “There is clearly a huge demand out there,” Sullivan said.

The effort is called “Reboot Your Career.”

The program hopes to retrain people in 8-to-12 weeks at reduced tuition rates, so completers can enter jobs or a career path where more certification and education can pave the way for advancement.

The job list was compiled with input from regional economic development leaders in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and elsewhere, including the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and GNO Inc.

The posts include health, including nursing assistants and medical assistants; transportation, including crane operators and car and truck repair workers and construction workers, such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Other areas are information technology, manufacturing and electrical power-line installers.

The list and other information is available at www.lctcs.edu/reboot.

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