Delta Community College is trying to rebuild the Delta's middle class by the implementing a program called the Delta Compact Initiative. The goals of the Delta Compact are to decrease unemployment by increasing literacy, high school graduation and the college entrance rate through GED and adult education programs.
The funding announced today will support efforts in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas Parishes to improve workforce development and fight the high school dropout crisis.
"I'm committed to creating an environment that allows the economy in North Louisiana to continue to grow stronger," said State Sen. Francis Thompson. "Working together with Delta Community College, we can improve the lives of local residents."
"Our mission at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce is to lead in the creation of a thriving business environment," said Sue Nicholson, president and CEO, Monroe Chamber. "We are always honored to partner with our legislative and education leaders to improve our workforce, our infrastructure, and the overall business environment."
"AT&T's donation to the Louisiana Delta Community College foundation evidences not only AT&T's generosity, but also the power of collaboration," says Dr. Barbara M. Hanson, chancellor, Louisiana Delta Community College. "These monies are targeted to enhance educational services provided to our friends and neighbors who live in the Delta. Together we can do great things."
"It is an honor to support the Delta Compact Initiative and the work being done to help stem the high school dropout crisis in our country and give local residents the workforce development skills they need," said Troy J. Broussard, regional direction, AT&T Louisiana. "By educating local residents and helping them prepare for the future, we can ensure the future workforce of our company and our country will be stocked with qualified employees who have the 21st century skills that American businesses need to remain competitive in the digital, global economy."