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Date:October 4, 2018
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

First-ever IT Apprenticeship slated to begin in Louisiana
LWC, NexusLA, BR Chamber partnering for program

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Registered Apprenticeship division has announced the launch of Apprenti Louisiana, the first Information Technology (IT) apprenticeship program in Louisiana.

This program is a collaborative effort between the LWC, NexusLA and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC). While multi-faceted, the program’s main objective is to both prepare and connect Louisiana residents with IT jobs of the future.

The LWC is poised to invest $130,000 in Apprenti Louisiana, which will accept 10 participants in its first cohort. The program will take 15 months of instruction – three months in the classroom and one year of on-the-job training. The program will be a traditional “earn while you learn” Apprenticeship program model. Initial training wages will begin at $35,000 for the first six months, and will increase to over $43,000 thereafter. Completers of the program will earn CompTIA A+ and Network + credentials.

“In his letter of support for Louisiana to receive grant funds for the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship, Gov. John Bel Edwards identified the Information Technology (IT) sector as one that merited apprenticeship program development and growth,” said LWC Sec. Ava Dejoie. “We are rising up and meeting that need by providing Louisianans with a career pathway leading to in-demand, sought-after IT jobs in Louisiana. The LWC is proud to be one of the first states in the country to offer this pilot program to its residents."

Louisiana is among the first states in the U.S. to utilize the Apprenti IT model.

Once approved by the Louisiana State Apprenticeship Council, Apprenti Louisiana participants will begin coursework in January with training curriculum to become Cybersecurity Analysts – also called Information Security Analysts, and designated by LWC’s Star Jobs rating system as a Five-Star occupation. Partners anticipate adding pathways for other occupations upon expansion.

Employers who wish to participate or who would like more information about this program, please contact State Apprenticeship Director Joseph Hollins at JHollins@lwc.la.gov or at (225) 342-5899.

For residents who wish to gain more information about this program, please visit https://apprenticareers.org/.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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