ULM funds high school business academy with million dollar grant – The Hawkeye

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Educational institutions can have whatever ideas they want, but they really can’t do anything without adequate funding. Since May 15, the ULM now has this type of funding.

ULM has received over $ 1 million in grants under the federal government’s Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities initiative. The objective of the initiative was to select 13 organizations that needed help with projects for a certain type of workforce development.

The ULM was selected because their project met the objectives that the Employment and Training Administration sought in candidates.

The money will be used to finance a high school business school. This academy will have professors from ULM who will teach the business studies program to 30 high school teachers in Monroe and West Monroe. High school teachers will then teach their students a hybrid program consisting of classroom learning, virtual learning and mentoring.

Carroll High School, Wossman High School and Neville High School are the first schools that will be able to participate in learning the basics of entrepreneurship, management, marketing and accounting. High school students can earn up to 18 college credits by participating in the academy.

“This successful grant initiative is a great example of regional collaboration to address a critical need to prepare students for direct careers in high school or for further education,” said President Ronald Berry.

Berry said the idea had been curated over the past two years with the help of Dean Blackett, board member of the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, Sue Nicholson, CEO and president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, and Federal Co-Chair of the DRA. , Chris Caldwell.

Nicholson said the academy is a “program that will create jobs and build a more resilient community.” She believes the grant is just the start of expanding the program to the entire northeastern Louisiana region.

With the help of the Delta Regional Authority and a partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the US Department of Labor’s ETA, ULM and 12 other organizations now have the opportunity to improve local economic and skills development.

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