Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana (WINLA) is a regional funding collaborative of philanthropic, public sector, private sector and community leaders working together to create career pathways for under- and unemployed individuals and jobseekers and promote economic vitality in northwest Louisiana. WINLA’s vision is to create employer-led workforce partnerships that align, link and leverage regional assets to improve skills and economic outcomes for low-income workers and jobseekers. The WINLA workforce partnerships will engage employers and education/training partners to serve under-credentialed individuals in the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster.
In 2011, The Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana was selected to receive a $300,000 grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. WINLA was one of only five sites nationwide to receive the grant. The WINLA Funder Collaborative recently awarded grants of up to $100,000 each to Bossier Parish Community College and Southern University at Shreveport to establish workforce partnerships in the energy and health care sectors. For more information about Workforce Development, contact Angie White at North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) at 318-677-2512.
The Workforce Innovations for Northwest Louisiana Funder Collaborative is a partnership funded by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, the Social Innovation Fund, and the following regional contributors: Caddo Parish Commission, Capital One Bank, City of Shreveport, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Louisiana, JPMorgan Chase, and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. The Consortium for Education, Research, and Technology of North Louisiana (CERT) serves as the Coordinator of the Workforce Partnerships.
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