U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
Visits Elaine P. Nunez Community College
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda
L. Solis visited Nunez Community College in Chalmette to
award the College with nearly $2.8 million dollars in grant
funding. Nunez is the only single institution in Louisiana
to receive funds under this program. A consortium of schools
from Louisiana and Mississippi, working with Bossier Parish
Community College in the Shreveport/Bossier area, are the
other participants awarded in Louisiana.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training
initiative. Nunez will use the funding to implement a redesigned
Associates of Applied Science for Business Administration and two
new Associates of Applied Science degrees with an emphasis in
entrepreneurship/small business management, and Hotel, Restaurant
and Tourism administration.
Secretary Solis toured the College campus and participated in
discussions with Nunez Chancellor Dr. Thomas R. Warner; Business
Administration students; and, a cross-section of community and
university partners, including St. Bernard Parish Government officials;
School Board representatives; local business and industry leaders; and,
Dr. Peter J. Fos, President of the University of New Orleans, one of
several four-year institutions to which Nunez credits will transfer
via a 2+2 plan.
Christian LaGarde, Department Chair for Business and Office Careers,
explicated plans for Nunez’s C-Street (Commercial Street)--a state-of-the
-art facility which will consist of a Culinary Center; Hospitality Institute;
and, an Entrepreneurship Incubator. C-Street will serve as a collaborative
learning space for students and community entrepreneurs.
Nunez Community College Chancellor Thomas R. Warner addressed Secretary of
Labor Solis and the guests, saying that “the grant is a terrific opportunity
to build our workforce and improve the lives of our community.” In her
remarks, Secretary Solis congratulated Nunez on its competitiveness, and
emphasized community colleges’ ability to be adaptable, flexible, and
affordable in quickly getting skilled, credentialed people into the workforce.
The grants are designed to foster partnerships between community colleges and
local employers to promote skills development and employment opportunities in
advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, science, technology,
engineering and math occupations.