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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host workforce development seminar

Are you satisfied with the quality of job applicants seeking employment at your business? Do your new hires join the team with the skills necessary to hit the ground running? Do you know about the tools and resources available to ensure Jefferson Parish residents are prepared to work in our growing industry sectors? We’re here to fill you in!

At this month’s Prosper Jefferson seminar, hosted by JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber, five experts will share information about programs, resources, and initiatives developed to train and connect the next generation of employees with local businesses.
  • LED FastStart: The nation’s number one workforce training program for businesses across the state
  • Louisiana Calling: A state-wide campaign, resources, and strategic partnerships to connect Louisianians with pathways to career and financial success
  • A variety of research and tools available to businesses, students, career counselors, local and state agencies, and policy makers
  • Initiatives developed to connect employers to two-and-four year higher education institutions
  • NEPRIS: an online resource connecting employers to high school classrooms
  • Human capital development
  • Policy development
  • Dual enrollment, internships and apprenticeships at Delgado Community College
Join us Wednesday, April 26th, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Fairfield, LA 70094) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Admission is FREE. This event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Please register online in advance at

Meet Our Experts

Ashley Aleman, Preventive Approaches, LLC
Ashley Aleman is Founder of Preventive Approaches, a consulting firm focused on positive educational, personal, and social outcomes for children and youth.  Ashley has a rich background employing evidence-based strategies which have strengthened the resilience of young children and adolescents across a variety of settings, including schools, nonprofit organizations, and community-based programs.  Most recently, Ashley worked as K-12 Industry Liaison with Greater New Orleans, Inc. where she led GNO World of Work, a series of programs collectively ranked “The Most Effective Career Readiness Initiative in Louisiana” by the Louisiana Department of Education. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Bill Slaughter, SSA Consultants
As Founder and President of SSA Consultants, Bill has helped guide the transformation in strategic direction of both public and private sector clients over the past 44 years. He provides his expertise to clients through strategic planning, cultural transformation and integration, and development of effective management teams. He serves some of the firms largest and most visible clients and is committed to delivering the insights clients need to address their most visible business challenges. In SSA’s formative years, Bill served as a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University’s Division of Continuing Education. In 2009, he accepted an invitation from the Dean of LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business to teach a course as an adjunct professor in the Flores MBA Program. Bill holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as a MBA and Doctorate in Management from LSU.
Lacy McManus, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
As the Director of Program Development for Greater New Orleans, Inc.-the economic development alliance for the ten parish Greater New Orleans region-Lacy is responsible for relationships and coordination between product and business development, positioning the organization’s workforce, environmental and resilience initiatives as catalysts for wealth generation in Southeast Louisiana. In this role, Lacy acts as a liaison between GNO, Inc. and private philanthropies, business community stakeholders, government agencies, and non-profit partners to ensure GNO, Inc.’s programs create a thriving regional economy. Prior to joining the GNO, Inc. staff, Lacy was the Special Initiatives Manager with the non-profit organization the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), where she oversaw an innovative transportation, land-use and housing policy and advocacy campaign.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, a M.A. in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.
Paul Helton, LED FastStart 
Paul Helton serves as the Executive Director of the nation’s leading workforce training program, LED FastStart. A founding member of the FastStart management team, Paul has served of Director of the program since 2009 and became Executive Director in March 2017. A US Navy veteran, Paul served as a senior maintenance technician for communications systems and a Master Training Specialist for the nation’s nuclear submarine fleet. He later became a broadcast network engineer and technical training consultant in the private sector. In 2002, Paul became the training coordinator for Georgia’s Quick Start program, managing and administering all aspects of training for 62 client projects. He also served as director of economic development for North Metro Technical College near Atlanta. Paul holds a Master’s in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
Stanton F. McNeely, Delgado Community College
Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed. D. is Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Since January 2017 Dr. McNeely also serves as Interim Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado. Delgado Workforce Development provides worker training for business and industry throughout the greater New Orleans region as well as continuing education courses for area residents. Prior to starting at Delgado, Dr. McNeely served as Dean of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Fletcher Technical Community College from 2009-2013, including serving as Interim Dean of Student Affairs from 2011-2012. Dr. McNeely earned his Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University, his Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University New Orleans, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Our Lady of Holy Cross College (now the University of Holy Cross) in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Jesuit High School of New Orleans.