Caldwell Parish is committed to providing its citizens with the tools they need to succeed in any chosen career. Through specialized education programs, Caldwell Parish provides training and education that enhance workforce capacity, helping local businesses meet their current and future employment needs. In addition, Caldwell Parish government offers grant funding for employment-related initiatives as well as state-level technical assistance in the areas of job placement and career counseling. By investing in workforce development and training, Caldwell Parish ensures its citizens have access to a strong labor market, providing them with opportunities for success. 

By leveraging Caldwell Parish's available resources, employers can create meaningful employment opportunities and help build sustainable economic success within their community. Caldwell Parish remains committed to developing its workforce and helping its citizens realize their full potential in any chosen career path. Through this commitment to workforce development and training, Caldwell Parish continues to be a leader in Louisiana when it comes to providing its citizens with a strong labor market.

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Louisiana FastStart 

Louisiana FastStart, the state’s new company and job specific training for business modeled after the Georgia’s award- winning program, was implemented in late 2009. This is a state-funded economic development incentive free-of-charge for companies locating or expanding in Louisiana.

The program has streamlined the current job training process to incorporate specific company needs to develop a curriculum for each company who then becomes owner of the program. Companies work directly with the technical college system industry-specific staff in this process.

Incumbent Workforce Training Program

The Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in skill development of existing employees and Increasing employee productivity and growth of the company. Both are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for the trained workers.

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Caldwell Parish High School

There are several Job Readiness Classes available at Caldwell Parish High School to prepare its students for the workforce as read below:

  • Welding
  • Carpentry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Agritechnology
  • Customer Service
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Serv-Safe Food Handler
  • Business of Retail
  • Ducks Unlimited Ecology & Conservation
  • Microsoft Office Word & Excel

Technical and Community Colleges

Caldwell Parish has two technical college campuses of the Delta Community College System (formerly Region 8 Technical College), which offer degree and certificate programs as well as customized workforce training for businesses. The Campus has an expanded welding program that serves area metal fabrication businesses.

The two campuses are a part of Delta Community College System consisting of seven campuses offering welding, nursing, computer technology, biomedical technology, industrial maintenance, office systems, industrial instrumentation, and other valuable programs to serve the workforce development needs.


The Northeast region is home to universities that not only provide a broad curriculum, but research institutions that are the catalyst for business start-ups and expansions. The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)and Louisiana Tech University (LTU) have an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students in such degree programs as business, pharmacy, chemistry, and nursing as well as research in the areas of micro manufacturing, biomedical engineering, pharmacy and more.

Grambling University (GSU) has strong connections to Morehouse Parish with an active alumni association which sponsors scholarships to the historic university in west Lincoln Parish. These educational facilities are within a reasonable commute with ULM being about a 25 minute drive.

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