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Nov 9, 2010 10:36 AM by Katie Durio

Louisiana Awarded Grant to Create States First Longitudinal Workforce Database

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission has been awarded a grant
of up to $999,863 from the U.S. Department of Labor that will be used to
create the state's first longitudinal database for workforce data.

Louisiana was one of 13 states selected to receive the Workforce Data
Quality Initiative grant. The grant, which will run through Oct. 31, 2013,
will enable states to develop or expand workforce data systems that also
link to education data.

With the grant, the LWC will enhance and improve the state's ability to
plan, monitor and further research various services within the workforce
and educational systems by providing first-ever linkages of data. Data
sets will merge information from workforce development and social services
programs with education data to provide more comprehensive programmatic
data than has previously been available in Louisiana. The LWC will rely on
its longstanding partnership with Louisiana State University to create,
maintain and ensure security for the project.

"This grant will enable us to build a system that can have far-reaching
benefits for the people we serve," said Curt Eysink, executive director of
the Louisiana Workforce Commission. "With this data, we will be better able
to focus our workforce development efforts where they will have the most
impact."

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