When DXC Technology anchored its headquarters in New Orleans, partnerships with higher-ed institutions were essential for recruiting and training new talent. Enter LED FastStart.
LED FastStart delivered a comprehensive workforce solution to DXC and is managing a $25 million higher education initiative that is building a high-tech workforce across Louisiana. The investment increases the number of degrees awarded annually in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
LED FastStart’s higher-ed partnerships are on display statewide
The Louisiana State University (LSU) System, University of Louisiana System (UL), Southern University System (SUS), and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) oversee the initiative primarily through seven initial lead campuses: LSU, the University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Southern University at New Orleans, Delgado Community College, and Northshore Technical Community College. Baton Rouge Community College and Operation Spark have since been included in the consortium, and many campuses around the state participate as well.
Patterned after prior software and IT initiatives in Louisiana, the DXC Technology project is the state’s largest single higher-education investment in a private-sector workforce partnership.
The partnership sparked state-wide cloud computing programs, and all funding was provided directly through State funding administered by LED using collaborative participant decisions. LCTCS went as far as creating an Associate Degree in Cloud Computing across its 12 campuses with a curriculum generated through Amazon Web Services as well as other cloud computing platforms. Additionally, the UL system offers a seamless transfer from LCTCS into their four-year degree institutions to continue their education in cloud computing.
Statewide investments expand opportunities and increase diversity in tech
Southern University, an HBCU in Baton Rouge, hosted its first-ever Virtual Cloud Computing Camp through DXC. It offered three experiences in areas that DXC and other companies identified as crucial for new hires. Meanwhile, 22 students at the Southern University New Orleans (SUNO) campus received scholarships through DXC that allow them to pursue bachelor’s degrees at SUNO after earning an associate degree at nearby Delgado Community College.
Tech-driven programs like UNO’s Innovation Academy, Southeastern’s Workforce Talent Initiative, and LSU’s Microcreds initiative were all funded through the DXC partnership. The funding also helped Grambling State University to build its University Digital Library – the first of its kind at an HBCU.