Economic & Workforce-Related Projects

Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning (Grambling State University)
Prepared By:  Dr. Obadiah J.K. Simmons, Jr., Associate Professor & Interim Chief Unit Officer (CUO)

Name Year(s) Partner(s) Location Parish(es) Agency ($) Commentary
CHOICES 2009 - 13

New Living Word Ministries (NLWM) in
Ruston (LA)

Lincoln, Union, Claiborne

DOJ via OJP ($200,000).

Title of initiative is Creating Honorable Opportunities Involving Community, Education, & Service.  Project involves assisting ex-offenders to transition back into communities and/or their families.  Initiative involves both females and males.  Approximately 120 individuals are being equipped to become business owners and/or entrepreneurs throughout North Central LA.  Approximately 95% of the clients African-American.  Min/Rev Jerry Baldwin serves as the CEO of NLWM of Ruston (LA).   Involves faculty from  GSU Colleges of Education & Professional Studies.

EMERALD 2008- 13

Delta Regional CDC (Ferriday, LA); PRIDE Community Assoc (Waterproof, LA); Renewal, Inc. (Monroe, LA); Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce (Gram-bling, LA); Pilgrim’s Rest Outreach Min. (Winnsboro, LA); Greater North LA CDC (Jonesboro, LA); North Louisiana Community Enhancement Corporation (Bastrop, LA)

Catahoula; Concordia; Tensas; Madison; Morehouse; Ouachita; Lincoln; East Carroll; Jackson; Winn; Bienville

SBA ($487,500)

Title of initiative is Expanding Minority Entrepreneurship Regionally Across the Louisiana Delta Region. Designed to assist minority small business and/or entrepreneurs throughout the LA Delta Region.  Approximately 120 clients being served.  CEOs of the organizations include:  Emerson Slain (Ferriday); Kemmeka Davis (Waterproof); Bishop Alvin Walker (Monroe); Barbara McIntyre (Grambling); Ed January (Winnsboro); Janice Simmons (Jonesboro); and, Min/Rev Payne Montgomery (Grambling/Bastrop).  Involves faculty from GSU Colleges of Business & Education.

LIFT 2011 - 14

Rivers of Joy Outreach Ministries (Jonesboro, LA); Service Outreach Incorporated (Bossier City, LA); &, Citizens United International (Slidell, LA)

Bossier, Jackson, & St. Tammany

Pending ($750K to be requested)

Low-Income Fathers Training (LIFT) Institute; project is designed to assist non-custodial parents in sustaining self-sufficiency and meet their family obligations.  Training in the areas of:  small-business ownership; entrepreneurship; and, basic job creation.  Proposals are forth-coming; CEOs are:   Bishop David Stewart (ROJM), Laverne Tanner (SOI) and Belinda Brown (CUI).  Involves faculty from GSU Colleges of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, & Professional Studies.

Edgenics, Inc. 2011 - 15

Edgenics, Inc.  which is a minority-owned business.  Dr. Robert Dansby serves as CEO of Edgenics, Inc.

GSU Service Area via Bienville, Clai-borne; Jackson; Lincoln; Union; & Webster.

Pending ($500K to be requested); will also have revenue potential for GSU.

Partnership involving GSU’s School of Nursing in the development of an e-Healthcare Curriculum via online courses.  Will prepare those in the healthcare industry via electronic files and related documents.  GSU Colleges of Education & Professional Studies.

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