Education leaders and community business people agree that career training needs adequate funding.
In Louisiana, officials of education and business development agencies called on the legislature and future governor to fund career training adequately, from engineers with college degrees to welders, electricians, and aviation mechanics.
“We need to make sure the people who live here are able to maximize their capabilities,” said Jason El Koubi, president and CEO of One Acadiana, the economic development agency based in Lafayette.
A news conference was held by One Acadiana to showcase efforts for workforce development. These include the development of an aviation complex, and degree and certification programs in aviation. These include degree programs in nondestructive testing, mechanics, avionics, and other industrial skills needed in aircraft building and maintenance.
University officials also called upon lawmakers to increase funding to colleges, and allow tuition increases without the approval of the legislature.