Louisiana Legislation Requires Supply/Demand Report
On June 17th, the Governor of Louisiana signed LA SB 466, which mandates a comprehensive review of the state’s postsecondary needs as well as an evaluation of the state’s postsecondary assets. Introduced by Senator Sharon Hewitt in April this year, the legislation requires the Board of Regents, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development and the Louisiana Workforce Commission, to produce a report assessing if postsecondary education systems are fulfilling the state’s workforce and economic development needs.
The board will be required to submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Senate and House Committees on Education prior to the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. The report will include a comprehensive description of current educational assets, current and forecasted education demands – taking into account occupational demand for current, emerging, and targeted cluster industries – and recommendations on how to efficiently and effectively close any gaps. The report will also include a discussion of any barriers found to developing an integrated postsecondary system.
This new legislation brings Louisiana one step closer towards achieving the Industry Skills Gaps element of WDQC’s State Blueprint for strong state data systems, which encourages states to assess the alignment between education and workforce programs and labor market demand to ensure that individuals are prepared for jobs that require skilled workers.
Louisiana will soon join fifteen states who reported having achieved this element in 2015, along with Indiana, who passed similar legislation this spring. To learn more about how states can use supply/demand reporting for state workforce planning, read the National Skills Coalition’s report “How Many More Skilled Workers Do We Need?”