We're connecting Louisianans to success. Right here. Right now.

All Louisianans have the opportunity to achieve career and financial success. We all have a calling and we are focused on helping every one of us find our path.

Our first priority is making sure everyone recognizes the many opportunities available in Louisiana, right here, right now. Louisiana Calling's multiyear public messaging campaign, resources and strategic partnerships will help Louisians to discover and learn about the many pathways to career and financial success.

Our second priority is connecting Louisiana's citizens to those opportunities to develop the high-value skills fot short- and long-term success. By partnering with organizations like Jump Start, or colleges and universities, technical institutes and private training facilities, Louisiana Calling is doing just that.

Meet our board and partners.

Louisiana Calling is a nonprofit organization supported by a coalition of passionate people and committed organizations from all corners of the state and beyond.

Board of directors

Thomas Turner

Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Turner Industries Group, Industrial Construction

Stevie Toups

Sr. VP & CIO/ Turner Industries Group; LCTCS Board of Supervisors; LOFSA Broad, Industrial Construction, Baton Rouge

Lee Jenkins

Vice-President, Performance Contractors, Baton Rouge Area Chamber Board and Chairman Elect; Louisiana Chemical Manufacturers Initiative.

Phillip Rozeman, M.D.

President and Co-Founder Cardiovascular Consultants; Blueprint Board Chair 2015, Health Care, Shreveport

Jorge Tarajano

President and CEO Pala Group; WIC Board Member, Crafts Committee Chair, Industrial Construction, Baton Rouge

Mike Palamone

Partner Urban Systems; WIC Board Member, Infrastructure Design and Construction, Greater New Orleans; River Region

Jane Arnette

South Central Industrial Association, Industrial Association, Bayou Region-Houma/ Thibodeaux

Chas Roemer

President, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co; Former BESE Board Chair, Investments, Baton Rouge Board of Directors

Roy Martin

President and CFO, RoyOMartin; Board of Regents Chair, Forestry and Manufacturing, Central Louisiana - Alexandria

John Pisa

Vice President of Triad Electric & Controls Inc

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Louisiana Comminity and Technical College System

Jumpstart/Louisiana Department of Education

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana Department of Economic Development

Louisiana Board of Regents



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What’s a GED? What is HiSET?

GED stands for “General Educational Development,” and for many years taking and passing the GED test was the way people who didn’t graduate got a high school equivalent education credential.

The GED is no longer used in Louisiana. It has been replaced with another nationally recognized high school equivalency exam called Hi-SET, which stands for “High School Equivalency Test.”

What is Jump Start?

Jump Start is Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program for high school students. Jump Start prepares students to lead productive adult lives, capable of continuing their education after high school while earning certifications in high-wage career sectors. Students are required to attain industry-promulgated, industry-valued credentials in order to graduate with a Career Diploma. (Jump Start is an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma.) To see if Jump Start is in your area, <click here>.

What is LCTCS?

LCTCS is the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and it was established in 1999. LCTCS includes 13 colleges located conveniently across the state, offering a wide variety of programs that are the starting points for high-value careers. To see some of them, click <here>.

Do I need to graduate from a 4-Year university to get a good job?

No, there are a variety of educational paths you can take that will provide the basic skills and knowledge you need to get a good job. There are many high-value jobs like engineers, social workers and accountants that do require 4-year college degrees. However, there are many more highvalue jobs and careers that require some type of education beyond high school — but not a 4-year degree. A few good examples include: machinists and welders, mechanical drafters, PTEC operators, web developers, and radiologic technologists. The important thing is to find something that matches your interests. To figure out what works best for you, start <here>.



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Do jobs transfer between industries?

Yes, many jobs and career paths require skills and abilities that can be used across industries. For example, Computer Network Support Specialists and Bookkeepers are vital jobs in almost every type of business, industry, and government organization. However, some jobs like Paramedics and Automotive Technicians are more industry-specific.

How do I find the main industries in my region?

You can find significant industries in your region by going to <our homepage>. Just click on your region of the Louisiana map, and you’ll find them.

Where did you get the salary range data used on this website?

Salary ranges are provided by <O*Net>, a national primary source for current, reliable occupational data.

How did you decide which jobs to feature?

We chose to feature the most available, high-wage, high-skill jobs in Louisiana that do not require a 4-year college degree. We’re committed to helping you find something more than just a job — we want to help you find a sustainable, rewarding career.



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How can I pay for school?

You can apply for financial aid, which includes grants, loans, and work-study programs. You can apply online at www.fafsa.gov. You will need an FSA ID, which is an electronic signature. To make one, start <here>.

What are the different types of financial aid?

Grants are financial aid packages that don’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund).

Loans are financial aid packages made of borrowed money for college or career school. You must repay your loans, with interest.

Work-Study is a financial aid program that lets you earn money to help you pay for school by working select jobs.

If I’m a non-degree seeking student, can I receive financial aid?

No. For students taking classes in the LCTCS network, Federal guidelines specify that only degree seeking students are eligible for financial aid.

What can I do if I still need more money, but have used up all of my financial aid?

If you’re pursuing education in the LCTCS, you can get on an installment plan with your school’s Bursar’s Office and/or apply for an alternative loan.

Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid at a particular college or university within LCTCS?

Not at all. You can apply for aid any time after January 1. To actually receive your funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the school of your choice.

What is the difference between a subsidized and unsubsidized student loan?

Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.

Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.

Direct Consolidation Loans allow you to combine all of your eligible federal student loans into a single loan with a single loan servicer.

Louisiana Calling


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What is Louisiana Calling?

Louisiana Calling is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all Louisiana residents to find the educational and career paths the best lead them to the life they hope for and the career success they want.

We believe all Louisianans have the opportunity to achieve career success right here, right now. Louisiana Calling’s multiyear public messaging campaign is designed to identify and connect our citizens with high-value career opportunities that do not require a 4-year college degree and are available in Louisiana today

Why are you doing this? What is the goal of Louisiana Calling?

We believe every Louisianan deserves the opportunity to find a rewarding career that allows them to pursue their own hopes and dreams.

We also believe that there is a need here in Louisiana to raise our awareness of the many high-value careers available today in our state that require some level of training and education beyond high school but not a 4-year college degree.

Louisiana Calling is doing this to help Louisiana families live the lives they want for themselves. Strong families make for strong communities, and strong communities make a more prosperous Louisiana.

How is Louisiana Calling funded? Who are the donors?

Louisiana Calling is funded through the tax-deductible contributions of a growing list of committed individuals and organizations, and through financial grants from nonprofit foundations that believe in the Louisiana Calling mission. You can find a list of our funders <here>.

Where is Louisiana Calling based and how is it managed?

We’re based in Baton Rouge, and our operations are managed by SSA Consultants, a Baton Rouge- –based management consulting firm with decades of broad experience designing and organizing statewide initiatives.

Louisiana Calling is governed by a dedicated group of individuals that serve (without compensation) on the Board of Directors. You can find our list of Directors <here>.

Getting Involved


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I really appreciate the work Louisiana Calling is doing. How can I volunteer and help?

There are two great ways you can help. First, you can spread the word. Share with everyone who will listen why you appreciate the work of Louisiana Calling — and encourage them to check out the stories and resources available on this website.

Second, you can make a financial contribution to help underwrite the work of Louisiana Calling. A multiyear, statewide public messaging effort this big and ambitious requires a whole lot of money, and we are raising the money as we go from individuals, organizations, and foundations that, like you, appreciate the work Louisiana Calling is doing.



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Are there jobs listed on this website that are available in my region of the state?

You can find out which ones are available in your area by searching for them on our <careers page>.

What are “Interests,” and how do you define each interest listed on this website?

We define interests as the preferences you have for where you want to work, and how you’d like to work, in any given job-site or environment. The source for these definitions is the O*NET Online, the most widely recognized national resource for career information.

Realistic careers often involve working outdoors, operating tools and equipment, data and analytics, physical and hands-on work, and research and exploration.

Examples of this career’s duties and environments include: working outside with tools, and/or working with nature and real-world materials like wood and machinery.

Investigative careers often involve research and exploration, reading and writing, and problem solving.

Examples of this career’s duties and environments include: in-depth research, paperwork, finding clues and curiosity, reading how-to manuals, writing instructions and messages, and working in groups or teams.

Artistic careers often involve working with art, design and creativity.

Examples of this career’s duties and environments include: self-expression through design, forms and patterns, and working independently and on teams.

Social careers often involve communication and collaboration, and caregiving.

Examples of this career type’s duties and environments include: teaching people and learning from them, group and team work, and service-oriented workplaces.

Enterprising careers often involve independent decision making, communication and collaboration, business and finance, and health and safety.

Examples of this career type’s duties and environments include: teaching and leading people, making decisions, taking risks and business-oriented workplaces.

Conventional careers often involve research and exploration, problem solving, and technology and computing.

Examples of this career type’s duties and environments include: repetition, data and information analysis, detail-oriented work, following authority figures, and workplaces where rules and regulations are often stressed.

Do I need to go to college to get one of these jobs?

All of the careers listed on our website are high-value jobs that typically require some type of education or training beyond a high school diploma.

However, none of these jobs require a 4-year college degree.

I’m in high school. Can I still get a job?

It’s definitely possible. If you’re in high school, we suggest checking out Jump Start. With this program, you can get a leg up on professional skills training for jobs in your area.

How do you know about all these jobs?

We collaborate with the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Louisiana Community and Technical College System. This allows us access to current databases of jobs and training programs available across the state.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Need help?

Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) call center is ready to help you find your path:


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Louisiana Calling, 9331 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810


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