Process Industries
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Available Workforce for Process Industries

A right-to-work state with a rich history in process industries, Louisiana offers an abundance of skilled talent with proven performance in safe, production-oriented work environments.

Investments in Higher Education Support Workforce

Louisiana is making strategic investments in higher education to meet the state’s future workforce needs. Research centers and universities throughout the state fuel innovation, provide skilled workers to companies in process industries and graduate new chemical engineers each semester. Additionally, Louisiana State University (LSU), Louisiana Tech, Southern University, Tulane University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) have specific programs and research strengths related to process industries.

In response to industry requests, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) standardized a process technology (PTEC) curriculum and expanded it to six schools in the state in support of chemical and refining industries. Representatives from business and industry designed the high-quality curriculum and serve in an advisory capacity to evaluate the program’s success on a regular basis. Now considered a model, the PTEC program has helped process industries in Louisiana avoid pitfalls, such as potential workforce shortages, while attracting a new generation of trained workers.

In conjunction with private sector projects, Louisiana is willing to make additional education and training-related investments to support a company’s goals. As part of Sasol's incentive package, Louisiana will fund a $20 million manufacturing training facility with specialized equipment focused on industrial technology to be built on the campus of the SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles. As part of LCTCS, the facility will be available for other students once company-specific recruitment and training services ramp down — resulting in a net benefit for the company and community. 

“This new facility will provide the means to plan, design and deliver the training programs and services to help ensure that our business and industry partners are successful. Projects such as this prove that Louisiana is very proactive, business friendly and committed to providing for the economic growth and overall well-being of the state as a whole.”

Dr. Neil Aspinwall

Research and Development Institutions Conduct Groundbreaking Research

Louisiana is nationally ranked in the top tier for its share of research and development funding for biotechnology engineering disciplines. Twenty university-run research stations located throughout the state offer companies groundbreaking research and critical economic resources when it comes to biofuels.

UL Lafayette also regularly conducts bioprocessing research in partnership with private companies and the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing. 

The LSU Agricultural Center offers expertise on biomass feedstock development and conversion technologies, linking the state’s agricultural base with emerging bioenergy initiatives. 

LED FastStart Delivers Customized Workforce Solutions

LED FastStart®, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, creates customized workforce recruitment, screening and training solutions. FastStart works with eligible new and expanding Louisiana-based operations to ensure that companies have a highly qualified, trained workforce from day one — all at no cost to the company. FastStart has designed and delivered customized workforce solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies across multiple industry sectors. In particular, the team has managed hundreds of workforce programs in multiple states for leading companies like CF Industries, Myriant Technologies, Methanex, SNF and many others.