Louisiana Gets $1.5 Million DOL Grant to Expand Healthcare Registered Apprenticeship

Although too early to gauge its effectiveness, a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to the Louisiana Workforce Commission in October could stem a statewide shortage in nurses and surgical technicians through “earn while you learn” apprenticeships.

Part of the Expanding Opportunities Today to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs project, the grant is aimed at increasing the number of participants in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program, primarily by eliminating financial obstacles to job advancement. LWC hopes to eventually increase the number of registered apprentices in the state by 100% over the next three years. There are currently about 3,600 registered apprentices, according to LWC Public Information Director Kimberly Buck. Learn more…

 

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