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LED FastStart® is recognized as the #1 workforce development program in the country for the 11th year in a row by Business Facilities magazine. Pioneering innovations such as virtual reality training and advanced manufacturing education partnerships are elevating the workforce of today and producing change-makers for a bolder Louisiana tomorrow.

COVID-19 Response

FastStart is built for rapid change, and we are applying our combined expertise to guide our community through the evolving COVID-19 challenge:

• FastStart has partnered with stakeholders to transition critical training into a rapid online eLearning format for employees.

• Companies and agencies urgently need to deploy operations in a virtual online environment quickly, so FastStart rolled out intuitive user guides for in-demand online tools to our clients and partner agencies for instant deployment.  

• We partnered with the community and technical college system to make interactive training available for immediate use in online labs, responding to the need to re-train displaced workers.

FastStart will continue to share our training expertise, insight, and resources and partner with education, workforce, and state agencies to ensure thorough and effective solutions are developed and available in the rapid response pipeline.

Bridging the skill gap.
Investing in our communities.
Supporting our institutions.

With today’s technology-driven marketplace, a competency-based workforce matters more than ever. For more than a decade LED FastStart® has forged vital partnerships with Louisiana’s universities, community and technical colleges, post-secondary institutions, and community-based training providers to invest in and equip our state for the jobs of the future. In our adapt-or-die economy, these investments ease the transition as higher education is being disrupted and provide opportunities for citizens to improve their lives.


Our partnerships supply education and training for the jobs of tomorrow, striving to provide equal access to opportunity for all Louisiana citizens.

Louisiana added


Tech jobs since 2008.

More than


Industry-based credentials issued through Jump Start in 2018.

Actively Investing


IT Professionals in LA. A skilled workforce is part of Louisiana’s developing Technology Ecosystem.



Lower-income and black or Hispanic student enrollment in 4-year colleges between 2011 and 2016

Our partnerships have increased Computer Science and IT graduates by approximately 250%.
Jump Start, the state’s K-12 Education initiative, increases career diplomas from 2% to 20%.

From work-based learning to job shadowing and internships, Jump Start has catalyzed an immense growth in the attainment of Career Diplomas. Prior to Jump Start, fewer than two percent of students graduated with a Career Diploma. Today, more than one in five students graduates with a Career Diploma and Jump Start credentials.

LED FastStart® was part of the state team that developed the initial plan for Jump Start and maintains a critical role in validating culminating credentials and vetting pathways proposed by the field. The Rand Corporation cited the successes of Jump Start in its 2019 report: ”What Other States Can Learn from Louisiana’s Ambitious Efforts to Reshape its Education System.”

LED FastStart® helps grow innovative education and training programs.

LED FastStart® looks to models of educational innovation throughout the state and beyond its borders. Where we find demonstrated success, we identify ways to support and enhance these programs and help them scale wherever possible. For example, Operation Spark is opening a new door to prosperity for low-opportunity individuals around New Orleans by presenting the fastest route to a career in software development, producing 2,000 highly skilled technology workers through its immersive project-based programs, and has impacted many more throughout the state through its virtually-enabled K-12 Jump Start pathway.

FastStart provides leadership and vision to the LaSTEM Advisory Council.

LED FastStart® has served as the LaSTEM council’s co-chair with the Commissioner of Higher Education. The council developed a community-based strategy anchored by Regional STEM Centers and held a series of Regional STEM Summits around the state, facilitated by FastStart. These summits documented regional economic aspirations and tasked community leaders with planning to confront coming economic disruptions, while maintaining community character and improving measures of equity. This theme of planning for transformative change over the coming 10-20 years continued through the statewide STEM Summit in November 2019, which brought together over 500 high-level stakeholders from government, education, and industry.

Today, we are actively engaged in growing a strong, sustainable, and thriving Louisiana.

From New Orleans to Shreveport, LED FastStart® works with employers and partners to purchase and implement the tools necessary to continuously develop highly competent, future-proof workers. The power of the FastStart platform works twofold: attracting employers in the short term while elevating the competency of the workforce in the long-term.




active projects across the state.

The state received


new aerospace job commitments in 2018.





in capital investments statewide.

Software companies get



refundable tax credits for payroll expenditures.



A bold Exxon expansion is fueled by Virtual Reality.

Through a continuous partnership with ExxonMobil, virtual reality training simulators were created to provide training for critical safety procedures. This enabled operators to experience mishaps and make necessary adjustments in a safe, duplicate environment.

Transitioning training to immersive environments for critical or hazardous processes greatly increases retention of the employee/operator by utilizing motor memory response and advanced biometric tracking. Retention rates can increase as much as 80%.

Advanced tracking can pinpoint areas of weakness and nervousness with new operators, and supervisors can require more training in these areas before deeming field competency.

College to Corporate.

LED FastStart® is developing its College to Corporate Program to allow college students to experience a corporate onboarding process prior to graduation.

Stupp Corporation

Since 1952 the Stupp Corporation has produced the essential materials and engineering to build pipelines, bridges, high- rises, sports facilities, and specialized equipment. Stupp requires specific training materials for every step in the production cycle. LED FastStart® created OJT guides and reference job aids covering topics such as safety hazards, equipment diagrams, process flows, and controls. Equipment operators are trained on the floor and equipped with the needed support by using the materials provided by LED FastStart®.


Arcosa is a leading manufacturer of barges for inland waterways and produces multiple barge types at the Madisonville, LA site. Arcosa requires flexible, on-the-go training. To support this need, LED FastStart® has created quick reference job aids and flipbooks covering topics like weld defects, quality procedures, and job sequencing. Welding operators are trained on the floor and equipped with the needed support through the FastStart format of reference materials.

Delivering Best-In-Class Recruitment Solutions for Our Employers

Whether it’s addressing more than 300,000 job seekers through social media every month, connecting with our workforce across 21 live events, or deploying world-class media for Louisiana employers, LED FastStart’s recruitment arm is a uniquely impactful asset for Louisiana’s employers that keeps them growing.
Recruitment video series shines a light on Tech jobs.

To highlight tech opportunities in Louisiana, we launched a video series campaign that features a diverse set of actual employees from our client companies. Every video features an individual telling their stories, sharing how they moved to Louisiana, sometimes with no prior connection to the state. This campaign caught fire on social media and has provided incredible value to employers in the tech space, statewide.

A Workforce Built for New Fronts Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

LED’s partnerships and evergreen investments are designed to bear fruit for America’s future workforce. LED FastStart® is future-focused, equipping a diverse workforce with the tools and training necessary to tackle tomorrow’s challenges while simultaneously lowering historical barriers to opportunity that have limited the aspirations of our citizens.


Augmented reality increases content retention by



when used as a training tool.

Virtual reality boosts material recall up to



faster, utilizing motor memory recall.

Since 2008 LED FastStart® has delivered


training hours to 29,000+ employees linked to 233 Economic Development projects in LA.

LED FastStart® has delivered





performance-based grants to reimburse costs for recruitment and relocation of 300 quality jobs for GE Capital IT Center of Excellence in New Orleans.

Future-Focused Investments
in Higher Education

LED is investing $126 million in higher education programs across the state of Louisiana. Funding programs that are diverse in both subject matter and geography is a reflection of our enduring dedication to preparing Louisiana's workforce for a competitive economic environment and expanding opportunities for all Louisiana residents.
Investing $1.35m in LSU Shreveport: Increasing a vibrant technology and cybersecurity Talent Pool in Louisiana.

Through this LED investment, LSUS will achieve a significant set of performance objectives, including the development of a set of certificate programs that will enhance the skill set of its technology graduates and provide high-demand technology expertise to its non- technical majors. The funds will also support the creation of LSUS’ Cyber Collaboratory and its Design-Thinking Lab.

Investing over $1m with Grambling State University to enhance tech programs.

From expanding cybersecurity, cloud computing, and computer science programs to connecting university officials and faculty to industry leaders, our partnership with HBCUs like Grambling have positioned universities to contribute to economic growth and enhanced their students’ opportunities for success.

Global Advancement.
Local Connection.

Through targeted hiring events, FastStart connects current and future job seekers growing companies who are faced with increased workforce demands in specific industries. By creating and leveraging our industry partners, while educating talent, we look forward to a future filled with successful tech-based, out-of-state events.

Manufacturing Week


students participating

Manufacturing Week


events held statewide

Manufacturing Week

Connecting Global Leaders
to World-Class Talent

We partnered with our River Parishes Community College to connect more than a dozen employers, including many global leaders, to our numerous PTEC job seekers and students in Louisiana. By deploying tactics and events across various industries, we work to ensure that the needs of our people and our employers are met.

RPCC Job Fair


job seekers

RPCC Job Fair



RPCC Job Fair

Pioneering Innovation.

LED FastStart® leverages the most innovative technology to grow a future-ready workforce.

Growing Business through Recruitment Innovation

From Facebook Live events to company culture video production, we leverage the latest technology to connect job seekers to the ideal employer.

Virtual Reality Training with Exxon

Through a continuous partnership with ExxonMobil, virtual reality training simulators were created, increasing retention rates by as much as 80%.

2020 Vision

The LED FastStart® standard continues to set the bar for workforce development programs nationwide.

Cynthia Senzamici

Apprentice Program

I think this was one of the most rewarding programs I've ever done. I think I've learned more in six weeks than I ever thought I could learn in six weeks.


Site Leader for Michoud Assembly
Facility – Boeing

FastStart is getting the word out because most do not realize that at the Michoud facility there’s a space program going on, and we’re building America’s rocket.

Ed Scram

COO & President – Stupp Corporation

We have been extremely successful, mainly due to FastStart.

Theo Botha

Sales Director – Blade Dynamics

The beauty of the FastStart program is that it’s a varied, multi-faceted resource. It’s a Swiss Army knife.

John Dancy

Senior VP & Chief Information
Officer – CSRA

FastStart treated us as if we were the only client. We never lacked for resources, we never lacked for commitment, we never lacked for responsiveness to anything that we needed.

David Smith

Executive VP of Division Operations - AWG

Louisiana FastStart is such a unique program, and it is so real in the sense that it’s not talk. It’s not one of these economic development programs that you hear about but never get anything from it. This is real.

LED FastStart® continues to set the bar for workforce development programs nationwide. In 2020 and beyond, our partnerships, innovations, and strategic investments will position Louisiana as the destination for businesses seeking competent, future- proof workers.

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