Are you satisfied with the quality of job applicants seeking employment at your business? Do your new hires join the team with the skills necessary to hit the ground running? Do you know about the tools and resources available to ensure Jefferson Parish residents are prepared to work in our growing industry sectors? We’re here to fill you in!
Workforce development is an important part of a community’s economic growth and success. We know business owners want to hire employees with the skill sets needed to advance the company. As the needs of our businesses change, our community adjusts the strategy to ensure we are training the next generation of workers to meet the demand. There are tools, initiatives, and educational programs available to bolster Jefferson Parish’s workforce, connect employers to skilled workers, and assist businesses with training opportunities.
At this month’s Prosper Jefferson seminar, hosted by JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber, five experts will share information about those programs and initiatives to help businesses hire the right people for available positions. Join us to learn about the following:
- LED FastStart: The nation’s number one workforce training program for businesses across the state
- Louisiana Calling: A state-wide campaign, resources, and strategic partnerships to connect Louisianians with pathways to career and financial success
- A variety of research and tools available to businesses, students, career counselors, local and state agencies, and policy makers
- Initiatives developed to connect employers to two-and-four year higher education institutions
- NEPRIS: an online resource connecting employers to high school classrooms
- Human capital development
- Policy development
- Dual enrollment, internships and apprenticeships at Delgado Community College
Join us Wednesday, April 26th, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Fairfield, LA 70094) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Admission is FREE. This event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs.
Meet our Speakers:
Ashley is the founder of Preventative Approaches, an independent consulting firm designed to connect students to future career opportunities. Prior to starting her own company, Ashley served as the K-12 Industry Liaison at GNO, Inc., where she led the design and implementation of Greater New Orleans World of Work (GNO WOW), a suite of career awareness programs targeting middle and high school educators and students. Ashley also served as the Director of Career Pathway, a recovery school district in New Orleans, and got her start in education through Teach for America. Ashley has a BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and an EdM in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
As Founder and President of SSA Consultants, Bill has helped guide the transformation of strategic direction of both public and private sector clients over the past 44 years. He provides his expertise to clients through strategic planning, cultural transformation and integration, and development of effective management teams. He serves some of the firms largest and most visible clients and is committed to delivering the insights clients need to address their most visible business challenges. In SSA’s formative years, Bill served as a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University’s Division of Continuing Education. In 2009, he accepted an invitation from the Dean of LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business to teach a course as an adjunct professor in the Flores MBA Program. Bill holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as a MBA and Doctorate in management from LSU.
As the Director of Program Development for Greater New Orleans, Inc.—the economic development alliance for the ten parish Greater New Orleans region—Lacy is responsible for relationships and coordination between product and business development, positioning the organization’s workforce, environmental and resilience initiatives as catalysts for wealth generation in Southeast Louisiana. In this role, Lacy acts as a liaison between GNO, Inc. and private philanthropies, business community stakeholders, government agencies, and non-profit partners to ensure GNO, Inc.’s programs create a thriving regional economy.
Prior to joining the GNO, Inc. staff, Lacy was the Special Initiatives Manager with the non-profit organization the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), where she oversaw an innovative transportation, land-use and housing policy and advocacy campaign. She holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, a M.A. in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.
Paul Helton serves as the Executive Director of the nation’s leading workforce training program, LED FastStart. A founding member of the FastStart management team, Paul has served of Director of the program since 2009 and became Executive Director in March 2017. A US Navy veteran, Paul served as a senior maintenance technician for communications systems and a Master Training Specialist for the nation’s nuclear submarine fleet. He later became a broadcast network engineer and technical training consultant in the private sector. In 2002, Paul became the training coordinator for Georgia’s Quick Start program, managing and administering all aspects of training for 62 client projects. He also served as director of economic development for North Metro Technical College near Atlanta. Paul holds a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia.
Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed. D. is Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Delgado Community College. He is responsible for supporting the goals and mission of the College in the following ways: planning, leadership, and implementation of all major college fundraising initiatives, internal giving campaigns, endowments, scholarships, alumni engagement efforts, all college marketing and public information activities, and the facilitation of all goals and objectives of the College foundation.
Directions to JEDCO Conference Center - 701A Churchill Parkway, Fairfield, LA 70094 from the East Bank via Huey P. Long Bridge (Fairfield, LA aka Avondale, LA)
JEDCO Conference Center Address:
701-A Churchill Parkway, Fairfield, LA (AKA Avondale, LA) 70094
- From the East Bank take Huey P. Long Bridge
- Stay in left lane as you cross HPL. After crossing HPL continue going south in the left lane of Hwy 90 for about 2 miles and turn left at signal light, onto Lapalco Blvd.
- Travel east about 2 miles on Lapalco Blvd., at the next signal light, turn right onto Nicolle Blvd.
- Continue about ¼ mile; on your left you will see the Patrick F. Taylor Academy School and “Churchill Technology and Business Park” ….. turn left into the park. The JEDCO Conference Center will be on your left. It is an orange and gray building that sits in front of the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy.