Workforce projections indicate that approximately 67,000 new and replacement jobs will need to be filled each year as the State’s economy further develops.
By 2020, approximately 53% of open jobs in Louisiana will require a career credential or college degree according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. It will take a comprehensive approach to address the challenges the State faces in meeting this expectation. Filling these college-trained jobs will prove challenging to Louisiana’s under-educated adult population.
According to the National Center for Higher Education Management (NCHEMS), Louisiana ranks 49th in educational attainment with only 30.7% of working-aged residents, 25-64 years, earning an associate’s degree or higher. In order to reach the average educational attainment rate for Southern states, Louisiana will need to increase the percentage of adults with some college from 30.7% to 42.0% by 2025, or an increase of 182,495 credentials.*
The Lumina Foundation maintains that other post secondary credentials — including certificates and certifications — should count toward national and state goals for attainment, with one important caveat: they should be of high quality, defined as having clear and transparent learning outcomes leading to further education and employment. A 2016 Lumina study estimates that Louisiana’s post secondary attainment was 44.7%, including high-quality certifications. Lumina acknowledges that Louisiana’s estimated certificate-attainment percentage may be overstated and needs further refinement. Louisiana looks forward to future work by Lumina in this regard. Overall, whether NCHEMS or Lumina estimates are used, the State’s educational attainment projections still fall short of reaching the recommended rate by 2025 of producing sufficient individuals to fill the openings of good jobs in Louisiana.
Essentially, 15% of good jobs (high demand and well paying) that will become available each year will require no formal education beyond a high school diploma or equivalency. Slightly more than half of the good jobs across Louisiana today and those that will become available each year require a community or technical college degree or other credential. Slightly more than 30% of good jobs in Louisiana requires a bachelor’s degree or higher. Postsecondary education must provide a highly skilled and well-trained workforce for Louisiana’s existing businesses and equip the State with the human capital needed to attract new business and industry. Secondary and postsecondary education leaders must partner to strengthen the connections between the senior year of high school and the freshman year of college.
Postsecondary leaders must advance strategies that minimize college seat-time to degree completion, and there must be an expectation that collaborative postsecondary education and business and industry public/private partnership efforts are necessary. A quality postsecondary education experience should be available, accessible and affordable to all the citizens of the State, from the recent high school graduate to the adult returning to receive training or a credential.
*Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
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Partnerships and Collaborations
Louisiana’s system of Workforce Development encompasses the entire spectrum of education from skills training and certification to relevant cutting-edge research, innovation and commercialization to align educational attainment to current and future jobs in areas of highest priority for Louisiana. According to NCHEMS, nationally, Louisiana ranks 49th in educational attainment with only 30.7% of residents aged 25-64 years earning an associate’s degree or higher. In order to reach the average educational attainment rate for Southern states, Louisiana will need to increase the percentage of adults with some college from 30.7% to 42.0% by 2025, or an increase of 182,495 credentials.
It will take an “all hands on deck” approach to address the challenges that our state faces and meet the 2020 goal that Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce advances for Louisiana: By 2020, 65% of jobs in the United States and 56% of jobs in Louisiana will require post secondary education.
Louisiana Workforce Agencies are partnering to address the educational attainment and workforce needs of our state and its citizens. The Workforce Cabinet partners include: The Board of Regents, LCTCS, Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Economic Development/LED FastStart (LED) and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Louisiana Jump Start
Louisiana’s Jump Start program is a new paradigm for career and technical education (CTE), requiring students to attain an industry-promulgated, industry-valued credential in order to graduate high school.
Build Your Future
Build Your Future aims to be the catalyst for recruiting the next generation of craft professionals. We provide a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, retention and image enhancement strategies.
Louisiana Star Jobs
A tool that connects job seekers to high-demand, well-paying jobs in Louisiana
Louisiana Economic Development
Work-Based Learning Initiative
One of the primary reasons students go to college is to increase their chances of getting a good job. However, it takes college graduates an average of three to six months to secure meaningful employment after earning a degree; and for early exiters without a credential, the time to obtain a job with a livable wage could be longer.
A solid career-seeking strategy and early exposure to work-based learning (WBL) opportunities are key components to making the school to work transition successful. Work-based learning has been referred to as “test driving a career. These work-based experiences can take on different forms, including internships, co-ops, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships.
WBL experiences can assist with narrowing career options, provide opportunities to network with potential employers, assist a struggling student decide on a major, or help to hone job skills directly relevant to future employment. WBL provides an outlet to gain early exposure to employment, allowing students to “earn while you learn.” Work-based learning programs currently exist through programs like JumpStart, On-the-Job-training, externships, LOSFA field outreach services, and WorkReady U.
The Board of Regents invites Partners in Education to join us by becoming a Work-Based Learning site in Louisiana.
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The Master Plan
To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity. Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.