New Orleans City Business | Local nonprofit to provide internships for college students of color

A local businessman is developing a nonprofit organization to secure multiyear internships for Black college students in the New Orleans area.

Perry Sholes, president of human resources firm Progressive HR Strategies, is launching the Corporate Internship Leadership Institute. The goal, Sholes said, is that these internships will turn into permanent employment opportunities for the students after college and in turn decrease underemployment rates for students of color. Read more.

The Advocate: New program at community colleges will retrain Louisiana’s unemployed

Reboot Your Career” to prepare residents for high demand positions.

Louisiana’s community and technical colleges are launching a program aimed at retraining 5,000 people who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic for high demand positions that pay around $50,000 per year.

The effort is called “Reboot Your Career.” Job posts include health, including nursing assistants and medical assistants; transportation, including crane operators and car and truck repair workers and construction workers, such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Other areas are information technology, manufacturing and electrical power-line installers.

Those most in demand include technology, health care, business, construction trade, law and digital art design.

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