Talent + Workforce

Talent and Workforce that delivers.

St. Mary Parish draws on a regional pool of 400,000 workers with a variety of skills supporting oil/gas services, shipbuilding, heavy manufacturing, chemical process and many suppliers. The Parish workforce ranges from 28,000 to 35,000 in support of these industries.


The community college, Young Memorial in Morgan City offers traditional manufacturing, business and medical technology courses and the Marine Campus offers Captain/Mate Training and numerous Coast Guard Safety programs and certifications. Many employers provide in-kind services and equipment to facilitate prospective workers training.


The Fast Start Program offered by the Louisiana Economic Development Department works closely with the community college and client to ensure appropriate training. The “Fast Start” Program has been ranked number one in the nation for worker training and preparation for the past several years.


In addition to standardized courses for industry, the technical college customizes programs to meet the employer’s requirements.


Few places offer the deep integration of education with industry as St. Mary Parish. With one of the highest ranked secondary education system in the state, plus one of the most progressive and industry-friendly technical colleges at Young Memorial as well as a two fully accredited universities, Nicholls State to just east of us and The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, just to the west, St. Mary Parish produces one of the strongest work-ready markets in the south.

South Louisiana Community College currently offers more than 50 programs, leading to associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates, to 10,000 students annually. The College also offers a wide range of non-credit instruction and training. The College is proud of its history and looks forward to continuing to provide outstanding educational opportunities for students throughout the greater Acadiana region.

Recognized for its innovation, effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency, LED FastStart® is the nation’s best state workforce training program, according to Business Facilities magazine.


FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies — all at no cost.

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