Date:April 29, 2014
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

LWC to Discuss Top Area Job, Training Opportunities
Jobseekers, parents, students will learn skills needed, wages paid for best local jobs

HOUMA, La. — Representatives from the Louisiana Workforce Commission will discuss the need for workers to fill high-demand jobs in the area’s leading industries on April 30 at 7 p.m. at Beacon Light Baptist Church, 4325 W. Park Avenue in Gray.

Randall Domingue of the LWC’s Business and Career Solutions Center in Houma and Gale Van Doorne, director of Youth Services for Work Connection, Inc., will review the high-demand jobs available in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes’ leading industries, including shipbuilding, transportation, oil and gas and health care.

Domingue and Van Doorne will discuss the skills, training and education needed to qualify for highly rated jobs ranging from welders and electricians to boat captains, ship engineers and registered nurses. Job seekers, students, parents and the general public are encouraged to attend the April 30 presentation.

“Houma’s metro area unemployment rate was the lowest in the country in February at 3.1 percent,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “We’re helping job seekers and students prepare for and pursue good-paying jobs by matching them with employers who may be having difficulty finding enough qualified job candidates.”

Labor market forecasts show the area’s demand for workers will continue to grow through 2020, including careers in which workers can prosper with basic training. For example, wages for high-demand jobs in construction trades such as welding and pipefitting start at $15 or more per hour. Although some jobs require up to two years of post-secondary education, careers in promising occupations can begin with just six weeks of training.

To invite local LWC staff to provide similar presentations for your community organization, civic or social group or governmental or faith-based organization in Assumption, Terrebonne or Lafourche parishes, contact Randall Domingue at 985-858-2915 or Cheri Blanchard at 985-876-8946.

Also, you can view and connect directly to high-demand jobs and training in your area on the LWC’s free web-based app, Louisiana Star Jobs, available at


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