A W.I.S.E plan - KLFY News 10

A W.I.S.E plan

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Advocates for higher education would like millions of dollars in state funding which they say will have a huge impact on the states future.

It's called the W.I.S.E plan, which stands for workforce and innovation for a stronger economy, and it's aimed at producing more graduates for jobs that have a high demand. As part of the plan proposal, colleges and universities would compete for a share of 40 million dollars, based on their number of graduates in high-demand fields and the research they produce.

The colleges and universities must match up to 20 percent of their W.I.S.E plan funding with private donations.

Those areas slated in high demand are engineering technologies, finance and accounting, computer science, data analytics, industrial production, construction crafts and healthcare.

South Louisiana Community College public relations spokesperson Christine Payton says for SLCC that means they would be able to attract faculty to programs while they expand them. Payton says when schools are meeting workforce needs it should attract industry leaders to the region. 

The forty million dollar proposal still has to get approval from lawmakers.

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