River Parishes Workforce Development launches new locations, services

Published 2:43 am Saturday, March 18, 2023

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LAPLACE— “Let’s Work! River Parishes” is the call to all residents of St. Charles, St. James and St. John Parishes as River Parishes Workforce Development officially reopened two service locations closed following Hurricane Ida in 2021. The announcement also rolled out services offered by Let’s Work! River Parishes to youth, industry and employers and unemployed/underemployed residents seeking to enter or move within the workforce available in-person at three locations and online at letsworkriverparishes.com.


“Our region and residents are emerging from the devastation of Hurricane Ida stronger than before,” said River Parishes Workforce Development Director Tommy Scott. “Employment and economic development services offered by Let’s Work! River Parishes is critical to recovery for our neighbors and continued growth for our community.”


Let’s Work! River Parishes now operates three locations in Vacherie, Luling and LaPlace, offering services from tutoring, career counseling, training and work experience for youth ages 16-24; skills training, certification and job search assistance for adults; and recruitment, on-the-job training and employer tax credits for commercial and industrial operations in its three-parish area.


In addition to renewing in-person consultation, Let’s Work! River Parishes is also expanding services online and by phone to help accommodate clients. Applications and additional information can be found at letsworkriverparishes.com.


“Let’s Work! River Parishes is your local resource in the River Parishes for workforce development and work readiness”, said River Parishes Workforce Development Board Chair Tricia Thompson. “Through opportunities with our community partners, we offer reemployment, training, recruitment services and many other resources our residents need to build successful and meaningful careers in the River Parishes.”


Let’s Work! River Parishes staff have over 100 combined years of experience focusing on training, education, counseling, and helping residents find employment and career training for the River Parishes.  A dedicated civic-minded board of regional and local business representatives, education professionals, and economic development experts direct efforts to meet the needs of business and industry and provide opportunities for individuals to meet their full career potential today for a better tomorrow.


“Let’s Work! River Parishes is vital to our region’s economic growth and sustainability. We are grateful for the hard work their staff provides to our region and are excited to have the Business and Career Solutions Center back open in Luling to support our resident job seekers and business owners,” said Parish President Matthew Jewell.


“The Louisiana Workforce Commission has countless tools to connect job seekers with skills and careers,” said Parish President Hotard. “I am excited about the reopening of the LaPlace office and the Let’s Work! River Parishes initiative that will provide great benefits to our community, economy and workforce.”


“As a businessman and as the St James Parish President, I know the importance of giving people the tools they need to succeed. WIOA provides these resources. The re-opening of the WIOA offices will greatly help our citizens and our region, and I’m looking forward to hearing their many success stories,” said Parish President Pete Dufresne.


In addition to adult training opportunities, Let’s Work! River Parishes is currently accepting applications for its 9-week Youth Summer Work Experience Program starting June 5th for residents aged 16-24. Applications are due April 21, 2023, please email or call one of our offices today for an application.


Annual funding supporting services and staff is provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the State of Louisiana. Let’s Work! River Parishes is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.




About River Parishes Workforce Development

River Parishes Workforce Development is a Business and Career Solutions Center offering a range of assistance to business/industry, job seekers, and youth in St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes.

To learn more or set an appointment, contact local offices in Vacherie, LaPlace and Luling, visit letsworkriverparishes.com online or email questions to riverparisheswioa@gmail.com.


Vacherie: 2631 Highway 20 West / (225) 562-2458

LaPlace: 1708 Chantilly Drive, Suite A / (985) 543-4118

Luling: 737 Paul Maillard Road, Suite 2A / (985) 783-5030