The Coordinating & Development Corporation’s Division of Workforce Development is the Northwest Louisiana representative for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (excluding the City of Shreveport). As such, and through our network of Business and Career Solutions Centers, CDC is available to help employers locate qualified employees and assist job seekers with training and employment opportunities.
CDC can assist employers through three programs: WIOA On-the Job Training (OJT), Customized Training, and Classroom Trained Employees.
- WIOA On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Through the OJT program, occupational training is provided by the employer for the WIOA participant. In exchange, the employer receives a reimbursement of at least 50 percent (50%) of the wage rate for an allotted number of hours to compensate for the employer’s extraordinary costs in providing this training. Once an employer’s OJT contract is signed by CDC, hiring may begin for the occupations stipulated in the signed contract. All trainees entered into the WIOA OJT program must be certified, in person, as eligible by CDC. Once trainees have been certified as eligible and hired by the employer, reimbursement begins and continues until the allotted training time expires.
- Customized Training
Customized training is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (including a group of employers) and is conducted with a commitment by the employer(s) to employ, or in the case of incumbent workers, continue to employ an individual on successful completion of the training. The employer must pay for not less than 50 percent (50%) of the cost of training.
- Referrals of Classroom Trained Employees
CDC has contracts with a number of local training providers for classroom training programs in select occupations. If an employer so desires, CDC can obtain referrals from the training providers for specifically trained workers who meet the employer’s needs.
For Job Seekers
CDC‘s Business and Career Solution Centers are located in each of the 10 parishes in Northwest Louisiana. Staff is available in each of the Centers to assist Job Seeker with the following services:
- Online local, state, and national job listings
- Assessments of education, skills, and interests
- Job counseling, job placement assistance, and referrals
- Web-based job search assistance
- Community resource information
- Education and training information
- Labor Market information
- Access to computers, fax, and copy machines
- Veterans’ services
- Basic skills upgrade
- Job readiness skills courses
- Adult basic education, literacy, math skills, and GED preparation
- Education and curriculum information
- Training scholarships
- On-the-Job Training
- Entrepreneurial services
- Older Worker and Youth services
- Disability services
- Food and nutrition services information
- Child and family support information
For more information, contact Nada Percival, Vice-President of CDC’s Division of Workforce Development, (318) 632-2022 or the Account Executive at the Business and Career Solutions Center that serves your parish.