Originally posted on Richland Today
At the end of 2016, Entergy of Louisiana made an extremely generous gift of $1 million to various organizations with the purpose of improving the workforce of Louisiana.
Specifically $500,000 will go toward Northeast Louisiana, and $250,000 of that gift will be directed to Richland Parish. The Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance and the Richland Parish Chamber of Commerce are currently applying for a federal grant to match this gift for an additional $250,000 toward the economic development prospects of Richland Parish.
The primary use of these funds will be to implement the C4M program (Certification For Manufacturing) into the curriculum of the Richland Parish School system. C4M is a state of the art program that teaches students the skills needed to immediately find employment in an advanced manufacturing facility. In other, more industrious states, C4M has been a staple in high school education for many years, where thousands of high school graduates enjoy good paying jobs that otherwise would be unavailable to them.