Date:January 29, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

More than 600 Shreveport-area Workers to Receive Job Training Through Louisiana Department of Labor Grants

SHREVEPORT —The Louisiana Department of Labor today awarded three Shreveport-area businesses $2.7 million in Incumbent Worker Training Program grants.

The grants will be used to upgrade the skills of more than 600 workers.

ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., an aircraft maintenance company, received a $2,587,250 grant. “Six years ago, we thought Shreveport was a terrific place to build a world-class maintenance facility,” said Jim Ream, president and CEO of ExpressJet. The grant will be of great benefit to ExpressJet workers and will boost the capabilities of the company, Ream said.

IWTP Director Mike Harris also presented training grants of $59,777 to Caddo Community Action Agency, Inc. – Head Start and $91,521 to Chrisman McDonald’s.

“Through these grants, Louisiana continues to make a significant investment in Louisiana’s workforce,” said Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. “By making these training opportunities available, we strengthen Louisiana’s businesses and help our workers improve their skills and earning potential.”

The grants will fund highly specialized training for existing employees and new hires. Southern University at Shreveport is the training provider for all three businesses that received grants.

The Incumbent Worker Training Program was created in 1997 by the Legislature to help Louisiana businesses train their existing workers. Since its inception, the IWTP has provided nearly $170 million for training. This represents customized training for more than 165,000 workers.

For more information, please contact Ed Pratt at (225) 342-3035 or Tara Lachney at (225) 342-7969

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