LCTCS, LED FastStart Collaborate To Train Workforce Development Leaders

BATON ROUGE – The inaugural Louisiana Certified Workforce Developer (CWD) class was announced at The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors monthly board meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

         The CWD program is the first of its kind certification program designed to advance knowledge, skills and relationships relative to economic and workforce development in Louisiana. 

         The CWD is a premiere workforce development credential that was developed as a result of the successful partnership between LED FastStart and Louisiana's community and technical colleges, along with support from local and state economic and workforce development professionals.

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         Graduates of the CWD program will demonstrate mastery in the following:


• Understanding the elements of successful workforce development best practices within the field

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• The significance of workforce development as it relates to the State's economic development objectives

• Knowledge of key partners in the economic development process and clear understanding of roles and responsibilities

• Best practices for serving on a prospect team in recruitment and retention efforts

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• Researching and understanding workforce demographics

• Best practices for assessing business and industry needs relative to training and workforce development

• Knowledge of curriculum and training resources available to support your efforts

• Knowledge of funding strategies to support program development and conduct

• Techniques for evaluating training requirements in conjunction with employers, including skills and task analysis at the position level

• Development of custom and comprehensive training plans

• Pricing strategy and development of successful proposals

• Effective strategies for maintaining strong relationships with clientele over time


         The first cohort of the training program starts in September 2015. The inaugural class includes Workforce Solutions personnel from community and technical colleges from across the state of Louisiana, select personnel from the LCTCS office, and colleagues from the LED FastStart.

         Future iterations of the program will include key players from other areas of LCTCS institutions, from local and regional economic development organizations, and personnel from other key state agencies and four year institutions.




• YaSheka Adams, Senior Manager, Talent Management

LED FastStart


• Dean Baugh, Dir. of Economic and Workforce Development

Louisiana Delta Community College


• Dale Doty, Chancellor

River Parishes Community College


• Joseph Fleishman, Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development

SOWELA Technical Community College


• Ernest Frazier, Dir. of Workforce Development

Nunez Community College


• Charlie Freeburgh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development

Baton Rouge Community College


• Larissa Littleton-Steib, Vice Chancellor Workforce and Technical Education

Delgado Community College


• David Lloyd, Director of Workforce Development

Northshore Technical College


• Barry May, Regional Manager, Project Operations (BPCC)

LED FastStart


• Earl Meador, Interim Chancellor

Fletcher Technical Community College


• Cindy Poskey, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development

South Central Louisiana Technical College


• Todd Rossnagel, Manager of Media Services

LED FastStart


• Willie Smith, Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development

South Louisiana Community College


• Curtis Storms

Northwest Louisiana Technical College


• Brenda Thompson, Vice Chancellor of Workforce

Central Louisiana Technical Community College


• Lisa Vosper, Associate Commissioner for Workforce Education and Training

Louisiana Board of Regents


• Barbara Waiters, Director Community and Economic Development

Delgado Community College


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