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The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) was created by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) (formally known as the Louisiana Department of Labor) to assist business and industry in developing and upgrading the skills of their existing employees.  The IWTP is a partnership comprised of the LWC, employers and training providers.  As a training provider, Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) collaborates with Louisiana employers by assisting them in the completion of their application for funding, developing training curriculums, overseeing the training process and disbursement of funds after the employer’s application has been approved.  It is the expectation that the training will result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for the trained workers.

To be eligible for participation in the IWTP, businesses must have operated in Louisiana and contributed to the state's Unemployment Insurance System for at least three years.  Additionally, an employer or consortium of employers with similar needs must have a minimum of 15 employees to be trained.  It is imperative that employers seeking an IWTP grant make a long-range commitment to employee training.


Southern University at Shreveport
Department of Corporate Training
1406 Hawn Avenue
Shreveport, La 71107
Phone: 318-676-5651 or 318-676-5653
Fax: 318-459-3912

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