Assessments of Central Louisiana show that many young Cenla residents are not prepared for the next step after high school, and as a result are not in a position to obtain jobs that will ensure their future economic well-being.
At the regional level, this translates into unfilled jobs in high-demand industry sectors, which detracts from Cenla's economic growth. There is a danger that too few young adults could have the skills and credentials to assume the high-demand and high-wage occupations that currently exist in Cenla, as well as those that will materialize in the near future.
Through Career Readiness programs, Cenla residents are given the opportunity and support to earn a credential or degree that will put them in a position for a rewarding job that offers a good quality of life.
The various Career Readiness programs implemented through The Orchard Foundation focus on achieving career and postsecondary success through implementation of counseling, credential and advance credit programs. In addition, Orchard offers several programs for teachers to learn how to translate the skills needed in today's workforce into their classrooms.