Increasing Educational Attainment
A right-to work state for more than three decades, Louisiana ranks in the Top 10 for lowest rates of private workforce unionization. It is also home to LED FastStart, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, which creates customized workforce recruitment, screening, and training solutions.
The people of Acadiana believe that success is created through education, dedication, and hard work. Let us introduce you to a workforce that is eager and capable of meeting the demands of your growing business.
We are ready to help you find the people you need.
Partnerships between the business community and higher education institutions across our nine-parish region ensure top-notch education and training, building a workforce pipeline capable of supporting high-growth sectors and cultivating a diversified economy.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with High Research Activity, and it is among the top 10 universities in the U.S. for its percentage of R&D expenditures funded by business, according to the National Science Foundation. UL Lafayette’s College of Engineering is its largest undergraduate program boasting over 2,700 undergraduate students, 177 master’s students, and 41 PhD students representing 45 states and 25 countries. The college focuses on providing “hands-on” learning experiences with a strong emphasis on internship and cooperative learning experiences. Over 200 companies regularly recruit its Engineering and Technology graduates.
Louisiana State University - Eunice
Located in a rich and fertile section of Acadiana known as the “tri-parish area”, LSU-Eunice is a two-year university in the LSU system offering numerous transfer degree programs, technical certificates, and associate degrees. It is nationally recognized for its allied health programs, and its developmental education program, Pathways to Success.
South Louisiana Community College (SLCC)
SLCC offers technical diplomas, workforce training, high school dual enrollment and two-year degree programs. It maintains 8 campuses across the Acadiana region, and offers 35 areas of study via traditional, evening, and web-based courses. SLCC is focused on job placement, and maintains strong ties to local businesses who trust in the capabilities of its graduates.
In January 2016, South Louisiana Community College purchased Bristow Academy’s New Iberia location and its assets for $2.9 million to establish its International School for Aviation Excellence, which will confer two-year associates degrees to helicopter pilots. This initiative will also expand the college’s aviation maintenance technician program to develop a cadre of aerospace professionals who meet and exceed the industry standards and workforce demands of today and tomorrow.
South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC)
A part of the SCLTC system, the Marine Safety Center in Morgan City moved a portion of training to water front property in 2005. Located on the new site is a hydraulic crane, a flashover fire trainer, GMDSS lab, and state of art Radar simulation lab.
SOWELA Technical Community College
It offers programs in fields such as criminal justice, industrial instrumentation technology, office systems technology, and process technology.
Higher Education Enrollment
|Louisiana State University||38,731|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||15,423|
|McNeese State University||6,252|
|Southern University and A&M College||8,226|
|South Louisiana Community College||5,677|
|SOWELA Technical Community College||3,268|
|Louisiana State University at Eunice||3,088|
*Above includes universities and vocational schools within 75 miles of central Acadiana
**Above enrollment is for Fall 2023
Source: Louisiana Board of Regents, 2023