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Business leader talks of focus on worker training

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Posted: Dec 9, 2013 6:28 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - The new leader of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says since he took the job in September, he's heard the same complaint from companies: the state has too few skilled workers to take available jobs.

Stephen Waguespack, LABI president, acknowledges the complaint isn't new. But he says it will be amplified by a multibillion-dollar industrial boom headed to south Louisiana, with a slew of new energy sector plants planned.

Waguespack said Monday that the state needs to retool its education programs, to focus on matching student skills to available jobs.

He says LABI supports toughened educational standards being rolled out in Louisiana's public schools, called the Common Core. And he says LABI will be pushing for change to higher education policies, to offer incentives for meeting workforce needs.

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