Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Workforce Training

Jefferson and Orleans Parish residents ages 18 to 21 undergo classroom and field instruction and engage in valuable service learning projects that benefit the community. Participants are provided adult education, general construction certifications, hands-on training, job readiness, and life skills.

  • 3-month job training program for up to 15 participants from Jefferson and Orleans parish, ages 18-21

The WIA Youth Workforce Training Program is primarily funded by the Jefferson Parish Workforce Investment Board and enrolls Jefferson and Orleans Parish residents ages 18-21 in three month sessions. The program focuses on providing low-income, unemployed, court-involved, and otherwise disadvantaged youth with holistic programming that includes employable hard skills, such as work experience and vocational certifications; and soft skills, which includes academic remediation, life skills, civil service experience, and environmental literacy. LAGC individually guides students through the creation of a personal development plan that frames their interests, barriers and sets achievable goals.

The program consists of approximately 50% classroom training (academic remediation, environmental literacy, construction-related vocational certifications, and life skills training) and 50% field work (hands-on job skills training, community volunteerism, and paid work experience). Academic remediation is provided at each individual’s appropriate level and typically includes GED preparation, basic literacy and numeracy training, college preparation, college writing, entrepreneurship exploration, and functional literacy for individuals with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. These services are conducted through partners specializing in academic preparation and after exiting the program, staff refers participants to further education resources. Life Skills training develops problem solving behaviors and management of personal affairs. LAGC uses 21st Century Life Skills curriculum, goal setting, diversity training, work readiness, resume building, professionalism training, financial literacy, and career exploration. Environmental literacy uses the Ecology Learning Center’s Roots of Success curriculum. The environmental literacy training incorporates technical skills such as carpentry, construction, deconstruction, and energy efficient building. Certified technical training includes: First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety 10 Hour Certificate Training, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Introduction to Craft Certification, 16 Hour DEQ Lead Worker, Forklift Safety, Asbestos Awareness, and other awareness trainings in deconstruction, energy efficiency and renewable technologies. At the end of the program, staff supports the outplacement of graduates into jobs and post-secondary education positions.

As a member of The Corps Network, LAGC is granted AmeriCorps National Direct Service program enrollment slots each year since 2008. LAGC offers participants the option of enrolling in AmeriCorps congruently with the WIA program; they fulfill AmeriCorps requirements by participating in LAGC community volunteer projects such as tree planting and radiant barrier installation. Once completing requirements, students receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,175 for college.

By training youth in environmental literacy and sustainable building practices, LAGC shapes community environment stewards and assists the region’s industry sectors by helping create a motivated and informed green workforce. As of December 2012, LAGC has conducted 4 sessions of this program, serving a total of 53 youth.


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