Two local organizations will receive more than $2.4 million in federal grants to support workforce development efforts across the southeast Louisiana.

U.S. Rep. Troy A. Carter, Sr. recently announced that the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority, has awarded over $34.3 million to support education, training and supportive services in regions that have suffered significant job losses in the energy extraction industry. 

In southeast Louisiana, NextOp Inc. will receive a grant of more than $1.14 million, while the New Orleans Career Center has been awarded more than $1.28 million.

NextOp is a non-profit organization focused on helping military members and veterans navigate employment challenges. The New Orleans Career Center offers technical training and education to help prepare participants for employment opportunities.

“Investing in workforce development is a key tool for economic growth in both our urban and rural communities,” said Congressman Carter. “These investments will allow southeast Louisiana to address local industry demands head-on by both developing a skilled workforce and establishing a vibrant talent pool that will attract new businesses to the region.”

These investments will complement efforts funded by the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to create good-paying, effective jobs that help achieve our nation’s goals of strengthening our nation’s infrastructure and fighting the climate crisis.

“The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative provides grants to engage local communities and help build pathways for workers to good-paying jobs,” says Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Parton. “The awards we’re announcing reflect the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensure the benefits of its investments in climate, clean energy, training and workforce development reach and serve disadvantaged communities.” 

The WORC Initiative helps communities address historic inequities and produce quality jobs for dislocated and other workers in rural and underserved communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions.

The grants also help communities diversify their local economies by developing a skilled workforce and providing equitable access to underserved and underrepresented communities. 

The New Orleans Tribune

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