Acadiana panel to discuss Jindal higher education plan

The Acadiana Press Club’s newsmaker forum at noon Monday will feature a panel discussion on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed infusion of $40 million into higher education for programs aligned to workforce needs.

The panel includes: University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley, Louisiana Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, and South Louisiana Community College Chancellor Natalie Harder.

The forum is open to the public and will be held in the community room at The Daily Advertiser, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

The panelists will discuss Jindal’s proposed Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy fund, which is structured to align higher education programming with Louisiana’s job market, and how institutions plan to meet workforce demand challenges.

Lunch will be available for purchase from the Chef Gregory food truck in the Advertiser parking lot during the forum. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to place an order before the discussion begins.

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