Many high-growth, high-demand jobs in Louisiana are going unfilled due to the lack of adequately trained workers. This applies to jobs that require a four-year baccalaureate degree and those that require an associate degree. One of the more effective strategies for meeting this demand is work-based learning (WBL), programs that prepare secondary and post-secondary students for success in the workplace by combing degree-pursuing curricula with work-experience training. WBL programs are often structured as partnerships or collaborations between employers of high-growth industry sectors, four-year institutions, community and technical colleges, and community organizations.
This survey is designed to inventory the scope and scale of WBL initiatives within the nine institutions of the University of Louisiana System. Survey results will be used to (1) identify and highlight best practice models of WBL within the System, and (2) identify policy or program gaps that, if addressed, would enable the establishment, expansion, and more effective delivery of WBL initiatives in communities served by UL System institutions and across the state.