Southwest Louisiana WORKFORCE Resource Guide
A step-by-step guide to prepare you for a job in support of area industry
New jobs are coming to southwest Louisiana and it is important that residents who want to work and succeed in todays workforce get the required training and credentials NOW. The resource guide is a road map for job seekers to get from point A to point B on their workforce preparation journey. It includes information to help individuals choose a career, get the training and certifications required, prepare a resume, acquire basic life skills and ultimately, land a job. The resource guide provides valuable information but also seeks to connect job seekers with the right people to help guide them in the right direction.
The focus of this resource guide is on craft and skill positions, not four-year bachelor degree programs. Craft and skill positions listed in the resource guide are for industrial manufacturing facilities as well as the contracting companies that provide construction and maintenance support to those facilities.
A cornerstone of the SWLA Workforce Resource Guide framework is the Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center, a one-stop shop for residents looking to apply for jobs with area industry. Companies looking to hire in the area will access the Centers applicant database for local, qualified workers.
The Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide was a true collaboration of local service providers, workforce development personnel, the local academic community and other community leaders. Check out what a few of them had to say about the effort here.
- CLICK HERE to download the Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide
- CLICK HERE to download the latest craft training addendum with 2014 curriculum offerings
Volunteers of America in Southwest Louisiana publishes a resource guide of social services available for local residents. The guide includes a listing of services and contact information from adult housing to parenting classes, to food pantries, to child care services and more. Click here to download the most up-to-date Volunteers of America Southwest Louisiana Resource Guide.
The SWLA Workforce Resource Guide was developed in collaboration with the following partnering organizations:
- Apprenticeship programs (Plumbers Local 106 & Lake Charles JATC)
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican Southwest Chapter
- Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center
- Calcasieu Parish Public Library System
- Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Division
- Interview for Life: Career and Life Coaching/ Interview Preparation Program
- Literacy Council of SWLA
- Safety Council of SWLA
- SOWELA Technical Community College
- South Louisiana Community College-Acadian
- SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Frequently Asked Questions:
Still have a question? Email Us.
Resource Guide Orientation Classes:The Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center and the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System is hosting Resource Guide orientation classes at the Solutions Center and library locations. These classes take job seekers and mentors through the Resource Guide, step by step.
Presenters are also available to work with attendees one-on-one to answer questions, if needed. To download a copy of the orientation PowerPoint presentation, click here.
If you would like to schedule a training to be held at a library, church or community center near you, please Email Us.
Workforce Resource Guide Scholarship Program:
The Workforce Resource Guide Scholarship, created by Sasol and managed by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, is the second step of the Workforce Resource Guide and corresponding mentor program. Candidates enrolled in the scholarship program will navigate the Workforce Resource Guide step-by-step model alongside their trained mentor and designated career counselor from start to finish.
The scholarship provides financial support to individuals who want to pursue careers in support of industry in Southwest Louisiana through local training institutions, such as ABC and SOWELA Technical Community College. Depending on individual needs, the scholarship could cover tuition, training costs, support services and technical support from human resources professionals. Priority will be given to unemployed and underemployed residents in the Southwest Louisiana area, which includes Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes.
Sasol provided initial funding for the Workforce Resource Guide Scholarship program. The Community Foundation is actively seeking funding for the second round of scholarships. For additional information, please visit the Community Foundations website here.
Pick up your hard copy of the Resource Guide at one of these distribution locations:
- Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center
2424 Third Street Lake Charles, La. 70601 337-721-4010
- SEED Center/ SWLA Economic Development Alliance
4310 Ryan Lake Charles, La. 70605 337-433-3632
- Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department
Government Building; 1015 Pithon Street, 1st Floor
P.O. Drawer 3287 Lake Charles, La. 70602 337-721-3520
- SOWELA Technical Community College
3820 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave Lake Charles, La. 70615 337-421-6565
- Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. -- Pelican Chapter
222 Walcott Road Westlake, Louisiana 70669 337-882-0204
- Central Library (Main)
301 West Claude St. Lake Charles, La 70605 337-721-7116
- Carnegie Memorial Library
411 Pujo St. Lake Charles, La. 70601 337-721-7084
- DeQuincy Library
102 West Harrison St. DeQuincy, La. 70633 337-786-4213 or 337-721-7087
- Epps Memorial Library
1320 North Simmons St. Lake Charles, La. 70601 337-721-7090
- Fontenot Memorial Library
1402 Center Street Vinton, La. 70668 337-721-7095
- Hayes Library
7709 Perier Street Hayes, La. 70646 337-622-3605 or 337-721-7098
- Iowa Library
107 East First Street Iowa, La. 70647 337-582-3597 or 337-721-7101
- Maplewood Library
91 Center Circle Suphur, La. 70663 337-721-7104
- Moss Bluff Library
261 Parish Road Lake Charles, 70611 337-721-7128
- Starks Library
113 South Highway 109 Starks, La. 70661 337-743-6560 or 337-721-7107
- Sulphur Regional Library
1160 Cypress Street Sulphur, La. 70663 337-721-7141
- Westlake Library
937 Mulberry Street Westlake, La. 70669 337-721-7113