Job Driven National Emergency Grant awarded to Louisiana

Local Workforce Investment Areas #31, #40, and #41 (parishes of Assumption, Acadia, Evangeline, Lafayette, Lafourche, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion) received $1,200,000.

The grant is to train or retrain Dislocated Workers in high demand occupations. Eligible participants can receive one or more of the following work-based training models to gain skills and credentials to quickly reenter the workforce: Apprenticeships, On-the-job training (OJT) and Customized/Classroom training.

Employers can save up to $5000 on training cost for hiring eligible Dislocated Workers.

A Dislocated Worker means an individual who has been terminated or laid off and is eligible for or has exhausted Unemployment Insurance benefits and unlikely to return to their previous occupation.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Paula DeValcourt
(Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes)
pdevalcourt@acadianaworks.org or (337)948-1330 Ext. 121


WIA becomes WIOA

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015.

Acadiana Works collaborates with several organizations around the region to promote job fairs, recruiting opportunities, seminars, and other beneficial events to job seekers and employers. Besides the events on this site, we welcome the opportunity to host a specific event targeted to fill employment opportunities at your workplace.

Contact us anytime for more information about these and other events.