As greater numbers of long-tenured employees retire, Cleco has found it challenging to recruit and retain diverse, qualified candidates to fill craft and technical positions. Cleco also found that entry-level candidates lacked the technical skillsets needed to be effective with industry specific technology.
In November 2019, Cleco committed $1.0 million to Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) to help fund training and curriculum development, as well as scholarships for diverse students in manufacturing-related programs.
Cleco’s investment is funding scholarships, training, and curriculum development through the following:
The scholarship application will be released to high school students in central Louisiana in 2020. In addition, a committee will be formed to evaluate the effectiveness of CLTCC Industrial Manufacturing Technology Program.
Cleco’s investment in CLTCC connects our central Louisiana community in so many ways. It develops a workforce of manufacturing employees and creates a job-ready workforce for our company and for our customers which will, in turn, support economic development. Additionally, our donation helps attract and retain outstanding faculty members and ensures students are prepared for a successful career.