Workforce Development

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We develop a skilled workforce that provides the competitive advantage needed by existing and new businesses in Northwest Louisiana.

The skill levels needed in industry no longer are increasing gradually but are expanding at a dramatic rate. Northwest LTC recognizes the critical training and educational needs of business today and we will work to accommodate your educational and training needs whether it is on site at your location, a customized training program, or a contracted program on campus. Our Workforce Division provides companies continuing education opportunities for their staff.  The community also has the opportunity to take advantage of our offerings to further their skills.

Customized Solutions

When Clement Industries came to Northwest LTC, we sat down with their Human Resources professionals to identify the skill sets required as they sought to expand operations in Minden. To ensure a qualified workforce, we also worked with Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart program to provide the customized welding training necessary to potential workers for this industry sector.

We can come to your business to deliver training, or have your employees come to our hands on labs and well-equipped classrooms, whichever works better for your situation. We can deliver training face-to-face, or online, or in a hybrid approach.

Northwest LTC is an integral partner for local and regional companies. We provide customized training solutions for businesses that have identified a training need. Sitting down with the stakeholders, we will identify and deliver the right classes and hands on training to your current workforce. We also focus on the future workforce, re-skilling displaced workers, and providing them the skill-set that will make them more competitive in the marketplace.

New Workforce Development Center

Workforce Development Center

Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) and North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) joined forces with private sector companies to enhance training for skilled trades in North Louisiana. Greenlee, an industrial and electrical tool company headquartered in Rockford, IL, installed a world class NWLTC/Green Apple Lab at NWLTC – Minden Campus. Red Ball Oxygen, headquartered in Shreveport, LA, along with Miller Electric and Lincoln Electric, provided welding equipment at an education discount for NWLTC’s new welding program at its Minden campus.

Through partnerships with Greenlee, Red Ball Oxygen Company, Miller Electric and Lincoln Electric, the NWLTC Workforce Development Center is now equipped with state-of-the art electrical and welding training equipment. The facility provides a combination of customizable classroom, lab and conference space designed to provide multi-purpose functionality.

Workforce Services

Northwest Louisiana Technical College partners closely with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and our regional economic development professionals. We host the LWC offices on our Minden campus and we work closely with them to provide workforce development services throughout the nine parishes of the northwest region.

One of the ways that Northwest LTC partners with the Louisiana Workforce Commission are through the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). The IWTP is a partnership between the LWC, business and industry, and training providers like Northwest LTC that is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for trained workers. The program is funded by a social charge assessed on employers that is paid along with Unemployment Insurance tax contributions.

Career and Technical Education Programs

As a technical college, Northwest LTC offers a broad selection of career and technical education programs that are aligned with the economic and workforce development needs of our region. These are certificate, diploma and degree programs that can be completed in as little as eight weeks or as long as two years.

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Training Menu

The following is an example of some of the training that we have provided or can provide. If your organization needs training on a topic not on this list, we can work with you to develop customized training to fit your needs. Northwest Louisiana Technical College is your source for customized training.

Arc Flash
Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED)
Blueprint Reading
Cisco Networking
Communication Skills
Conflict Resolution
Core Construction Skills
CPR / First Aid
Crane Safety
Customer Service
EEOC Training
Employability Skills
First Responder
Forklift Certification

Fundamentals of HR
Getting More Done Through Delegation
Green Construction
Leadership Skills
Lean Healthcare
Lean Manufacturing
Management Skills
Manager’s Guide to Human Behavior
Manufacturing Certificate (C4M)
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word

Performance Appraisals
Personal Protective Equipment
Plan / Conduct Productive Meetings
Precision Measurement
Six Sigma
Social Networking
Spanish for 911 Dispatchers
Spanish for Health Care
Spanish for Manufacturing
Supervisory Skills
Time Management

Assessment and Skill Certification

Northwest LTC provides a Testing Center at each of its five campus locations. Each Testing Center provides ACT produced tests including the ACCUPLACER placement test and the WorkKeys® test, a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce; the series of WorkKeys tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Additionally, Northwest LTC students use the WorkKeys tests to pursue the National Career Readiness Certificate, resulting in one of four potential WorkKeys work ready designations: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze.

Northwest LTC also provides testing for the ETS high school equivalency exam, HiSET. The College also awards credit and non-credit certificates that recognize the mastery of skills acquired.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED)

Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED to help businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion a successful, profitable endeavor. Northwest LTC works closely with LED and FastStart to provide customized solutions for new or expanding companies to meet workforce needs.

WorkReady U – Adult Education Programs

All Northwest Louisiana Technical College campuses provide high school equivalency training (formerly GED) that prepares adults for the HiSET Exam.

WorkReady U
is Louisiana’s new vision for adult education. Adult education in Louisiana is no longer just about obtaining your high school equivalency diploma, but acquiring the means to improved life circumstances resulting from gaining the skills that lead to a job providing a sustainable wage. The 600,000 working age adults in Louisiana without a high school credential need an opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to achieve a better life. Every adult education student is provided an opportunity to co-enroll in college-level career and technical education training while they prepare to sit the HiSET exam. In this way, Northwest LTC is creating clear pathways through programs that lead to life-sustaining jobs.

For more information, contact the Northwest LTC campus closest to you:

Chambers, Councils, and Alliances

In order to remain engaged and connected with the needs of business and industry, Northwest LTC maintains membership in chambers, councils, and alliances throughout our nine-parish service area. A small sample of the organizations of which Northwest LTC is a member includes:

Grant Opportunities

Northwest LTC works closely with LCTCS to utilize established and new grant sources of funds to respond to workforce opportunities. Grants can either benefit a specific company, consortia of companies, or be invested with the input and assistance of companies. A sampling of specific grant initiatives follows:

The Incumbent Worker Training Program
The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission, business and industry, and training providers such as Northwest LTC. The IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for trained workers. The program is funded by a portion of Unemployment Insurance tax contributions dedicated solely for customized training.

Workforce Training Rapid Response

The state Workforce Training Rapid Response Grant is provided for two-year Louisiana Higher Education institutions (Member colleges of the LCTCS, Louisiana State University at Eunice, and Southern University at Shreveport). Other entities may participate via partnership in application for funding, yet, can only do so via an eligible college or eligible entity. Each year’s allocation is $10 Million Dollars to be invested across these colleges.

Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Funding Grant
The Carl D. Perkins Act defines career and technical education as organized educational programs offering sequences of courses directly related to preparing individuals for employment in current or emerging occupations within the two-year college arena. Programs include competency-based applied learning which contributes to an individual’s academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, problem solving skills, and the occupational-specific skills necessary for economic independence.

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