NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell today joined other community leaders and leaders to inaugurate the New Orleans Career Center, a non-profit initiative providing high school students and adults alike ‘Access to vocational and technical training and university courses to obtain Industry Diplomas (IBCs) for employment in high-wage, high-demand industrial sectors.
“This morning, I joined the New Orleans School Board, community and state representatives in celebrating the grand opening of the New Orleans Career Center (NOCC). NOCC will train and prepare high school students and adults in Orléans Parish for high-demand and well-paying careers. This investment in our youth will diversify our economy in order to advance the economic mobility of our population. A strong workforce makes New Orleans stronger, ”said Mayor Cantrell.
The new NOCC facility is an innovative vocational and technical education (CTE) campus located at 1331 rue Kerlerec. When completed in late fall 2022, the new NOCC will have the capacity to train approximately 1,000 New Orleans high school students and public adults each year on six of the high-demand and high-paying career paths. The building, which originally housed McDonogh 35 High School, is being completely renovated to include more than 143,000 square feet of purpose built space.
The $ 26.9 million LEED-certified facility is one of the latest to be completed under the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board’s school facilities master plan, funded by FEMA and the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) after Hurricane Katrina.
“Since NOCC opened in fall 2018, our growth has been limited by space. This year, our partner high schools are asking to place more students than ever with us because they know the quality and effectiveness of our programs, ”said Claire Jecklin, founding executive director of NOCC. “In the new building, we will be able to offer our preparation for a rigorous and concrete career to even more high school students. We will be able to work with more employers to design rapid adult training programs and apprenticeship programs to meet the needs of the workforce. More New Orleans people will have the knowledge, networks, and college certifications or credits to secure good jobs that contribute to a prosperous and inclusive local economy. “
Mayor Cantrell joined a host of other officials, including Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., principal of NOLA Public Schools; Dana Peterson, Board Chair, New Orleans Career Center; Kay LeSage, Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure, Louisiana Office of Community Development; Royce Duplessis, Louisiana House of Representatives, District 93; Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc .; Annie Cambria, Recovery School District; Khaija Faulk, medical assistant, Ochsner; and OPSB members Katie Baudouin, District 5; Dr JC Wagner Romero, District 4; and John Brown, District 1.
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