BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission has been awarded a grant of up to $999,863 from the U.S. Department of Labor that will be used to create the state’s first longitudinal database for workforce data.
Louisiana was one of 13 states selected to receive the Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant. The grant, which will run through Oct. 31, 2013, will enable states to develop or expand workforce data systems that also link to education data.
With the grant, the LWC will enhance and improve the state’s ability to plan, monitor and further research various services within the workforce and educational systems by providing first-ever linkages of data. Data sets will merge information from workforce development and social services programs with education data to provide more comprehensive programmatic data than has previously been available in Louisiana. The LWC will rely on its longstanding partnership with Louisiana State University to create, maintain and ensure security for the project.
“This grant will enable us to build a system that can have far-reaching benefits for the people we serve," said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “With this data, we will be better able to focus our workforce development efforts where they will have the most impact."
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