CLTCC Providing Workforce Development Training as Part of PRO Louisiana

Alexandria, La., August 9, 2022 — Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC)
is excited to be part of Professional Resilience Occupations Louisiana (PRO Louisiana), a
workforce development program of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative for professional resilience
occupations, in partnership with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and
Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
“CLTCC’s class will start September 26,” explained CLTCC Vice Chancellor, Workforce
Development Misty Slayter. “The course is nine weeks, during which time the participants can
earn NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator Level 2 certification. They can also choose an add-on
to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) immediately upon completion of the heavy
equipment operator course.”
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the program’s launch in February. PRO Louisiana provides
federal funding for disaster resilience training courses and certification. The goal is to develop a
skilled workforce to support statewide resilience efforts, including LWI flood risk reduction
projects, and build up Louisiana’s defense against future disasters.
“We’ve awarded more than $450 million in federal funds to flood mitigation projects statewide
that will break ground over the next few years, which means we need trained resilience
professionals to support these efforts now more than ever,” Gov. Edwards said. “PRO Louisiana
highlights the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s comprehensive approach to disaster defense.
Beyond funding mitigation projects throughout the state, we’re preparing a workforce to deliver
those projects and fill in-demand jobs in disaster resilience.”
CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle said, “CLTCC is very proud to be able to participate in
this program to not only support our state’s watershed initiative efforts, but to help Central
Louisiana residents get the skills they need to be able to get high-paying, high-demand jobs.”
Initial courses will focus on resilience training for heavy equipment operators, which are in
demand and crucial to the success of flood resilience efforts in Louisiana, according to a 2018
labor market analysis by LED and the Louisiana Workforce Commission. In the long term, PRO
Louisiana will support additional courses in other areas, such as flood risk analysis and resilient
construction methods for builders, contractors and other professionals.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Louisiana Watershed Initiative to provide resilience training
courses through PRO Louisiana, which will benefit the futures of our students and of our state,”
LCTCS President Monty Sullivan said. “Demand for trained resilience professionals is on the
rise as our communities recover from previous disasters and prepare for the growing risks of
future ones. PRO Louisiana courses will provide the training and skills students need to secure
essential, well-paid jobs with a higher purpose: safeguarding our state.”
LED Secretary Don Pierson added, “Louisiana has the best workforce development training
programs in the country, and higher education partnerships that deliver customized training are
a big reason why. By equipping students with skills to perform specialized resilience work, PRO
Louisiana strengthens our economy in a way that literally rebuilds our state. LED is proud to
partner with the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and the Louisiana Community and Technical
College System to capitalize on these federal funds and fill the talent pipeline for a growing job
Scholarships and tuition assistance is available for eligible students. To learn more about the
program visit