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GNO Inc. launches STEM initiative

Greater New Orleans Inc. established the Greater New Orleans Region One Center of STEM as one of the regional STEM network centers in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Board of Regents LaSTEM Advisory Council has created nine regional STEM network centers that act as a system of STEM leadership units across Louisiana to improve access to STEM education, participation, and encouragement. This includes bridging the opportunity gap for underserved and underrepresented populations to get involved in Louisiana’s STEM workforce.

The initiative will work closely with stakeholders across the region to develop an innovative, collaborative, and industry-focused program to increase the diverse STEM talent pipelines.

The initiative brings together a network of partners from universities, non-profit organizations, business and personnel development as well as Pre-K-12. GNO Inc. hired a STEM director, Daphine Barnes, to oversee GNOrocs and help develop and implement programming.

LSU is committed to the first global engagement strategy

LSU is one of 13 colleges and universities participating in the 19th cohort of the American Council on Education Internationalization Lab, designed to provide tailored guidance and insights to help institutions achieve their internationalization goals.

As a leader in higher education strategy, the Council has supported more than 170 colleges and universities in their quest for global engagement since 2002.

Over the next 14 months, LSU’s ACE Internationalization Lab leadership team and sub-committees will work to issue a strategic and tactical plan that will be presented to the President and proposal for implementation by December 2022. To achieve this goal, these sub-committees will work with faculties and staff, and students from different areas of the university. The LSU is advised by an appointed councilor who supports the internationalization planning process.

“The LSU is a model university, and international activities are nothing new for our institution. This internationalization laboratory process will give us the opportunity to think together about what has happened here in terms of global engagement and what could happen at the institutional level. I look forward to working with colleagues from across the university as we seek to unleash our potential as a leader on the world stage, ”said Samba Dieng, LSU Senior Internationalization Officer and Executive Director, International Programs.

Operation Spark starts coding boot camp

Operation Spark, a nonprofit tech bootcamp, offers a free two-week introduction to the programming course monthly.

The preparatory program courses start on Monday and January 3rd. The candidates must take part in a virtual information event at

“Prep is the first phase of Operation Spark’s 6-month employee intensive study program for a high-paying, high-demand job in engineering. It gives students the opportunity to try their hand at software programming without full-time or financial commitment,” said Operation Spark Founder John Fraboni, “Through our partnership with Employ BR, qualified East Baton Rouge residents can continue to boot camp with the help of a WIOA grant.” Operation Spark also provides financial assistance to support qualified applicants.

The minimum technical requirements for participating in the Info Session and Prep program are a laptop, desktop or Chromebook and a stable internet connection.

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Acadian Launches Second Accelerated EMT Program

Acadian Ambulance and the National EMS Academy are launching their second round of accelerated emergency medical courses in southern Louisiana.

The program selects individuals interested in earning their EMT certification and pays them during their training. Upon successful completion, they then serve as EMTs.

Compared to the traditional EMT program, which lasts four months, the accelerated program is a seven week course. Admission to the program is competitive. Acadian will cover the course fees and expenses. While in school, the student earns $ 11 an hour.

The last day to apply for the program is December 23rd and courses start January 10th. Classes take place in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma.

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit

Metal Shark delivers ship to Mississippi pilots

Boat builder Metal Shark has delivered a 55-foot welded aluminum pilot boat to the Pascagoula Bar Pilots Association in Mississippi.

Metal Shark’s second pilot boat to join the Pascagoula Pilots fleet is the Singing River Island, the latest addition to the Louisiana-based manufacturer’s growing Defiant class pilot boat range. It was designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team and built at the company’s Franklin shipyard.

LED is holding a careers fair in manufacturing on Wednesday

LED FastStart is hosting a virtual career fair on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to connect job seekers with manufacturing opportunities in Louisiana.

Eleven companies take part:

  • 1,4GROUP (Skyfall Biologicals, LLC) in Ascension Parish
  • AFCO in Alexandria
  • Bollinger Houma shipyard in Houma
  • Canfor Southern Pine in DeRidder
  • Completion of the Citadel in Lake Charles
  • Hubig’s Pies in New Orleans
  • KME Ferrara in Holden
  • SafeSource Direct in Lafayette
  • Southland Steel in Amite and Greenburg
  • Syrah Technologies in Vidalia
  • Vidalia mills in Vidalia

Job seekers have the opportunity to explore employers’ virtual booths, research the companies, and see the opportunities for which they are best suited. Registrants can also take part in text-based one-on-one chats with company representatives. To register, visit the Brazen registration page.


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