Our companies need workers.
Louisiana has a robust system of public and private higher education that has produced significant successes, but schools can amplify efforts to produce the “workforce of the future.” One option is adopting the “GNOu” model of demand-driven workforce partnerships.
This initiative involves GNO, Inc. connecting companies directly to universities, in order to have “demand-driven” curricula developed that specifically meet the needs of that company (or industry). This leads to a triple-win:
- The company gets employees custom-trained to their needs
- The school gets a market-relevant curriculum
- The market benefits from more, better-trained workers
An example of GNOu is the SWEAP (Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program) set up between GE Digital and the University of New Orleans, as facilitated by GNO, Inc. Thanks to the curriculum designed by GE and taught at UNO, GE is now hiring over 90% of their staff locally. GNOu programs include:
Environmental and Water Management
- University of New Orleans’ Coastal Engineering and Sciences Certificate Program
- Dillard University’s Urban Water Management Certificate Program
- Northshore Technical Community College, Delgado Community College and Fletcher Community College’s Global Water Management Collaboration Program
Digital Media and Technology
- University of New Orleans GE SWEAP Program
- Tulane School of Professional Advancement’s Master of Professional Studies in Information Technology Management
- Tulane School of Professional Advancement’s Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Management
- Tulane School of Professional Advancement’s Digital Design Degree