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What is workforce development?

As job seekers look for work and employers search for skilled personnel, workplace development initiatives often bridge the gap and bring the two parties together. With an online Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Workforce Development, you can gain a better understanding of workforce development and how it positively affects the Louisiana economy.

What is workforce development?

Workforce development is a human resources function that helps job seekers acquire the skills that employers need most. It includes targeted education, training, and job-search support that gives them a better chance of being hired. Most states have workforce development initiatives in place, and they typically partner with employers, local government agencies, universities and training organizations to determine which jobs are most in demand and how to train people to do them effectively.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission, for example, has business and career solutions centers around the state that provide services such as job counseling, adult basic education, GED preparation, apprenticeships and employer-based training, as well as specialized programs for veterans, people with disabilities, youths and older workers.

Workforce development programs play a critical role in Louisiana's job growth, which has consistently improved since June 2011. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there have been increases recently in construction, healthcare, and professional and business service jobs, such as accounting, management and office administration.

Your online master's degree in HR

An online master's degree in human resources with a concentration in workforce development offers graduate training in workforce globalization, talent development, changing technology and productivity pressures. It also includes courses in adult education, workplace educational programs, workforce planning and analysis, and performance and needs analysis in HR development. Classes are 100 percent online, and you have access to coursework and discussions 24 hours a day. You can study when it fits your schedule, anytime and anywhere — and earn your degree in as little as 12 months.

Human resources managers in Louisiana earn an average salary of $80,300, according to a recent BLS report. Pursue an online master's degree in human resources to discover the methodology behind workforce development and position yourself for a career that pays well, and helps puts more Louisianans back to work.

Learn more about LSU’s online MS in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Workforce Development.


Sources:

http://www.wfconnections.org/what_is_workforce_development

http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/WFD_MainMenu.asp

http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/LMI/LMIPressRelease.pdf

http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/LMI/LMIbulletin.pdf

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_la.htm


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