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Jefferson Parish Pulse

Creating Workforce Opportunities with Lisa Barback and Darrel Lewis

Season 5, Ep. 9

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we interviewed Lisa Barback, Vice Chair of the Jefferson Parish Workforce Development Board, and Darrel Lewis, the One Stop Operator for Jefferson Parish. They talked about the important work being driven by the Workforce Development Board and highlighted the many ways they are serving both job seekers and employers through their vast array of programs. They talked about their employee training programs, access to funding to support job opportunities, and what to expect at the newly reopened Jefferson Parish American Job Center at the Delgado River City Campus.

LINKS from today's show:

Louisiana Works

My Life/My Way

Jefferson Parish American Job Center

Jefferson Parish Workforce Development Board

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