Louisiana Two-Year College System Offering Job Retraining Guarantee

BATON ROUGE La. — The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will offer graduates for more than 100 training programs a guarantee sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal: If you can’t find a job in your training area, you’ll be retrained for free.

The system’s Board of Supervisors approved the new “Day 1 Guarantee” policy Wednesday for an array of worker training programs at the state’s two-year schools.

“This policy is the ultimate measure of accountability for our system, and we stand prepared to help transform Louisiana’s work force through the high-demand programs that we currently offer,” LCTCS President Joe May said in a statement.

If a graduate or an employer finds that the graduate is deficient within a set of specific curriculum standards, then the community or technical college will retrain the employee for free. The college system board devised a set list of standards with business leaders to serve as the list of specifications required for each training program.

College system leaders said the system will cover the costs of retraining within its budget. The new policy takes effective immediately.

Jindal proposed the “Day 1 Guarantee,” modeled on a similar system in other states, as a way to encourage businesses to expand in or relocate to Louisiana and to help train workers to fill an estimated 100,000 job vacancies in the state.

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