For Natchitoches Parish, which straddles the Central Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana territories, manufacturing represents about 15% of employment--and the highest wages in our area.
Additionally, skilled workers in STEM areas will have their pick of jobs that are growing twice as fast as non-STEM jobs over the next few years--both nationally, and in Louisiana. In Louisiana, the vast majority of the $60-$80B (yes, with a "B") in investments planned for the state require skilled workers--to build and to operate.
Education Projects of the Chamber
The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized the importance of education to long-term economic vitality. Not only has the leadership recognized this important correlation, it has poured energy into finding and leading positive change for Natchitoches Parish children.
Some of our projects include:
- Early Childhood
- Chamber Education Fund
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
- Academic Excellence
- Partnerships with Higher Education for Workforce Development
Support Manufacturing Education - Engineering Technology Degree Programs
To learn more about this program and to donate, click on the following link to visit the Northwestern State Foundation- Manufacturing/ Engineering Technology page.