Community & Workforce Development

The Division of Community and Workforce Development (CWD) provides a program of non-credit continuing education to respond to the training and lifelong learning needs of our service area.

As the Vice Chancellor for this division, I am pleased to bring direction and guidance to several community and economic development related initiatives such as: Adult Literacy, Community Education, Corporate Training, Homebuyer Education, Small Business Development, Workforce Training, and Youth Services initiatives.

Additionally, I provide leadership to the University's Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs as well as with the SUSLA Community Development Corporation (CDC). With the commitment and support of the staff, we will achieve maximum effectiveness in providing services to our customer base.

Our Mission

The Division of Community and Workforce Development will affect positive change in the lives of youth, adults, parents, caregivers and senior citizens by addressing lifelong training and educational needs through integrity, dedication, service and quality programs.

Our Vision

To empower people and communities through education and training that will affect positive change.

To achieve this effectiveness, we have adopted the following core values:

Commitment to Customer-Centered Initiatives
Organizational Responsiveness
Respect for all-regardless of roles and responsibilities
Education and Professional Development
Value Academic Excellence
Accountability and Attainment of Performance Standards
Linkages, Networking & Collaborations
Uprightness and Integrity First
Economic Empowerment
Service and Leadership

CWD Goals

  • To maintain, develop and expand progressive, customized, demand-driven non-credit curriculum and training for skilled occupations in local businesses and industries;
  • To strengthen partnerships with community, state and federal agencies to meet the workforce and life-long training needs of our service area;
  • To provide capacity building assistance and services to non-profit and faith-based agencies in an effort to enhance community development;
  • To partner with university departments and academic programs in the delivery of services;
  • To provide life-long learning opportunities for the community;
  • To provide programs and services in adult basic education and workplace literacy instruction;
  • To provide youth education, career exploration and training programs;
  • To provide support services to ensure student enrollment, retention, completion and goals attainment;
  • To offer small business development opportunities as well as guidance/counseling for new/expanding business and industries;
  • To identify and implement best practices and seek regional, state and national preeminence in the delivery of programs and services.


  • Career Placement and Service Learning

      Employer relations/job development
      Job placement
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  • Continuing Education and Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP)

      Professional Career Development (CEUs are available)
      Personal Leisure Learning
      Business Needs Assessments
      Customized Training
      Curriculum Development

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  • Community Development

      Homebuyer Education
      Housing Assistance Program - Individual Development Accounts (IDA)
      Faith-based Services
      Non-profit Services
      Community Forums, Expos and Workshops
      Community Partnerships and Surveys

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  • Intake Assistance & Support Services

      Outreach and Recruitment Services
      Enrollment Services
      Career Assessments Services
      Job Placement Services
      Referral Services
      Information Center

  • Small Business Development

      Business Incubationand Technical Assistance
      Small Emerging Business Development Program(SEBD)
      Business Opportunity Grants(BOG)
      Entrepreneurship Training
      BizCamp (A Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Partnership with ICE Institute and Caddo Parish Schools

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  • Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) Community Development Corporation (CDC)

      Community networks
      Capacity Building
      Commercial development
      Master planning
      Workforce Development
      Neighborhood revitalization

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  • Workforce Training Programs

      Licensure Industry-Based Certification Training
      Brownfields Training Program
      Child Development Associate (CDA)
      Construction Training
      Film Industry Customized training
      Career Pathways
      High demand and needs-based training

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  • Janice Sneed
    Vice Chancellor
    Community & Workforce Development
    Administrative Assistant IV
    Community & Workforce Development

    Leonard C. Barnes Administration Building, A-34
    3050 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
    Shreveport, LA 71107
    318.670.6470 or 800.458.1472 x 470
    Fax: 318.670.6413