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Senator Mary Landrieu to Announce $4Million Grant Award to SUSLA

March 26, 2010

LaKesha Mosley

Senator Mary Landrieu to Announce $4Million Grant Award to SUSLA

Shreveport, LA – Southern University at Shreveport is the recipient of its second U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) grant in the amount of $4,296,308.00. This award, like the first, will allow SUSLA to provide training to the local workforce in the fields of allied health and nursing as well as provide adult basic education training. Project Success funds will be used to train 325 participants from a ten parish region. Specifically, career pathways will be developed and strengthened in the areas of dental hygiene, health information technology, nursing, medical lab technology, radiology technology and respiratory therapy. Training affiliation agreements with the secondary schools and other local training providers will be strengthened and developed to ensure a steady pipeline of trainees from secondary to postsecondary to the world of work. A check presentation-press conference will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 8:30 a.m., in the SUSLA Small Business Development Incubator, 4646 Hilry Huckaby III Ave. In attendance will be Louisiana State Senator Mary Landrieu, City of Shreveport Representatives, and other community leaders and officials.

Chancellor Dr. Ray L. Belton states, “We are proud to have once again received a high-skill, high-wage training grant for the state of Louisiana and more specifically the Shreveport region that will play such a significant role in developing our local workforce. Access continues to be a challenge for students pursing higher education and this grant award will be instrumental in addressing access to higher education issues by providing tuition assistance and other much needed educational support. Once again, it’s a wonderful opportunity for this region and the clients we serve.”

Vice Chancellor for Community and Workforce Development Janice Sneed states, “I was excited, but I wasn’t surprised to hear of our most recent award because of the outstanding outcomes achieved in the previously awarded Project Success grant. We, SUSLA, have a niche as it relates to healthcare training in this region and words cannot express the level of commitment that is shown by faculty, staff and program facilitators. Their commitment to meet the students where they are in life and provide the necessary educational and supportive services is what really makes the difference. Ms. Stephanie Graham and Mrs. Linda Hines (Co-PIs) are to be commended for their dedication on the previous grant; and, moreover Ms. Graham on successfully writing both proposals.”

Project Success is a three year project awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries Grant as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The project is dedicated to training in high demand and emerging healthcare fields for individuals classified in one or more of the following categories: dislocated worker, unemployed, low-income or veteran. The program will also provide adult basic education training along with supportive services as needed for enrolled participants.

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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