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A lost generation of oil workers leaves few options for next boom

The oil industry is fighting a generation gap. Already contending with a global price slump, U.S. explorers are also grappling with the demographic hangover of...

The first Louisiana Certified Workforce Developer class graduates

The Inaugural Louisiana Certified Workforce Developer (CWD) class was recognized at the June meeting of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, where graduates...

Why worker productivity is in decline and what contractors can do about it

Contractors typically lean upon established industry norms to calculate their expectations for a typical hour’s labor, or productivity rate, but some in the Gulf...

New chemical industry group convenes in Gonzales to discuss federal funding and workforce needs

A newly designated consortium of local, state and federal leaders met in Gonzales in April to discuss federal funding needs for Louisiana’s chemical industry, particularly...

Insight: Our structural workforce gap

Despite years of attention, a large share of Louisiana’s population continues to live in poverty at the same time that business and industry is...

A condensed PTEC training program in southwest Louisiana helps working adults who already have...

Bryan “Beau” Batulis of Lake Charles was 31 years old and ready for a change. He was project manager for a cleaning company that worked...

Dow joins LCTCS in a public-private partnership to train more industry workers

The Dow Chemical Co. will expand the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program to include two Louisiana manufacturing facilities, Louisiana Operations in Plaquemine and St. Charles...

Long underrepresented in manufacturing, women are now changing the workforce at Louisiana plants

Everything seemed to be going according to plan for Lauren Cordell, a Sulphur High School valedictorian and Louisiana Tech University graduate. She had met...

Louisiana Workforce Education Initiative begins campaign to promote technical education

We’ve all heard of “Don’t Mess With Texas,” the slogan first coined in 1986 to teach Texas residents the real cost of littering. Since...

What causes project failures?

At the annual Construction Users Roundtable national conference in Arizona earlier this year, Ed Merrow, president of Independent Project Analysis, spoke frankly about what...

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