LA – Lafayette Beefs Up Workforce Programs

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette plans to funnel about $1.3 million into new faculty positions and personnel who will focus on producing more graduates in engineering, computing and nursing to meet workforce needs.

         The money is part of the university's $2 million allocation from the state's new competitive Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund that enabled universities and colleges to apply for a share of $40 million to create or expand existing programs to meet workforce demands. The Legislature approved the new program and set aside the funds for state higher education institutions.

         Katara Williams, Board of Regents assistant commissioner of public affairs, tells The Advocate’s Marsha Sills universities will have access to the funds in December.

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