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Louisiana CRN

Program Goals and Emphasis

Louisiana’s state CRN goals and program emphases are: 1) provide teachers, students and parents resources that assist with career exploration and educational opportunities; 2) provide teachers and counselors with labor market information and training in the use of Louisiana Occupational Information System (LOIS) and the Louisiana Integrated Skills Assessment (LISA).

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

The main elements of the Louisiana economy are the production of minerals, tourism, forestry, pulp and paper, agriculture and food processing, commercial fishing, shipping and international trade, and general manufacturing. Two CRN related initiatives include the implementation of industry-based certification programs in high schools and colleges and the implementation of WorkKeys.

The April 2005 unemployment rate was 5.1%, as compared to 5.7% in April 2004.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Louisiana has state legislation mandating career exploration at grades 6, 7, and 8. Seventy-one percent, or 120,078 students, enrolled in grades 6-8 completed a student portfolio in 2003-2004.

• Parent editions of American Careers Magazine are distributed, and several Tech-Prep consortiums continue to offer AWARE, an interactive parent/student workshop that provides resources and information on the parent role in the development of their child's career.

• The Board of Regents and the Department of Education hosted a first ever, multi-agency counselor workshop designed to provide current information relative to academic and career efforts across the state. The Department of Education planned a Comprehensive Guidance Training Scholarship workshop to prepare for implementing comprehensive guidance throughout the state.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Louisiana has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• ACRN National Training Conferences
• Career Cluster Conference
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• LOIS, LISA and Career Gears
• Louisiana Occupational Information System
• Teen Chat
• Workforce Commission Youth Council
• WorkReady Certification Program
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
Other 0

Primary Resources

Louisiana has published the following resources:
• Career Communications - Parents Edition
• Career Communications - Subscriptions
• Career Communications - Health Planner Guides
• Career Compass
• Career Tabloids
• NEXT Magazine
• Start Planning Now
• Career Pathways

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Louisiana Department of Labor
• Louisiana Department of Education
• Louisiana Economic Development
• Louisiana Workforce Commission
• High Schools That Work

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Reba Poulson
Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Academic and Student Services
265 South Foster Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-4104
Phone: (225) 922-1641
Fax: (225) 922-2865
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Regional Contact Information