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Workforce Opportunity Grant part of Foundation’s Economic Development Initiative

Grant applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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The Rapides Foundation’s work as a healthcare organization extends beyond areas that are intrinsically health-related. Our work in the area of economic and workforce development is based on the direct correlation between higher incomes and a healthier population. Research shows that healthy economies with low unemployment rates and higher- wage jobs provide people with the means to purchase medical insurance, make better healthcare choices and live healthier lifestyles.

Recognizing workforce as the driver for economic development and income growth, the Foundation’s Economic Development Initiative in 2015 launched an ongoing grant opportunity designed to support training and education for above-median income occupations for which there is immediate demand in Central Louisiana. This new grant called the Workforce Opportunity Grant encourages strong partnerships between employers and higher education.

Workforce Opportunity Grant Spotlight

Louisiana State University of Alexandria and Louisiana Eye & Laser

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Louisiana State University of Alexandria partnered with Louisiana Eye & Laser Center (formerly Alexandria Eye and Laser) to develop the Optometric & Optical Technician Training Program, a first-of-its-kind program for Central Louisiana.

Workforce Opportunity Grant Spotlight

Central Louisiana Technical Community College and RoyOMartin

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The Central Louisiana Technical Community College partnered with RoyOMartin to teach Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator training programs for the timber industry.



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