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Workforce Development Next Topic in Economic Development Series

07/08/2014 04:15 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program, or CLED, will offer Workforce Development, an elective course, July 22-23 at the Business Education Complex at LSU.

The course will present an in-depth look at workforce development and training programs in Louisiana, including workforce investment boards, the Jumpstart program, career centers, incumbent worker training, LED FastStart and Louisiana’s Rapid Response program.

The course will also discuss specifics of the Workforce Innovation for a Stronger Economy, or WISE, program passed in the 2014 legislative session. The WISE session will be the introduction of the program to the economic development community in Louisiana.

Registration for the course and more information on the certification program can be found online at or directly at

“The topic of workforce development has never been more important to the future economic development of our state,” said Robin Kistler, interim director of the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. “Louisiana is preparing for one of the biggest industrial booms in its history. This course will help professionals in business and industry understand what it takes to meet this exciting challenge with confidence.”

The CLED program is a joint initiative of LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, or SEI, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association. The program is sponsored by Southwestern Electric Power Company.

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation.

For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.

E. J. Ourso College of Business