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Acadiana Workforce Solutions

Louisiana Local Workforce Development Area 40, known as Acadiana Workforce Solutions (AWS), comprising Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, and Lafayette connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop skills needed to thrive in the workplace. Under a consortium agreement executed in 2016, the eight Parish Presidents collaborated to ensure workforce development services are provided to citizens within the local area.

Local Workforce Development Board #40 collaborates with the Chief Elected Official and Parish Presidents to provide oversight and policy guidance of the workforce development system while mapping a strategic 4-year plan. The 4-year plan presents the strategic priorities for the operational framework under which the local workforce system will operate.

Our vision here in Acadiana with collaborative partners is to align our area with economic growth and prosperity.


  • Hiring Support
  • Job Development
  • Recruitment Services
  • Applicants Skills Assessment
  • Customized Training
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Rapid Response
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Employment Seminars
  • Business Development
  • Incentives
  • And more...

Career Services

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Development of a Resume
  • Virtual Recruiter
  • Job Fairs/Recruitment Events
  • Career Development
  • Interest Assessments
  • Labor Market Information
  • Veterans Priority of Service
  • Supportive Services
  • Training Opportunities
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • And more...


  • Career & College Advice
  • Tutoring & Study Skills
  • Career Exploration
  • Work Experience Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Financial Literacy
  • Vocational Training Programs
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • Supportive Services
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • And more...

Acadiana Workforce Region Data

  • Acadiana has a population of 761,461 people
  • Fourth Planning District of Louisiana has a total of 248,936 employees, and the average hourly wage is $24.98
  • The unemployment rate is 3.5%
  • 15,476 Career Center Visits for various WIOA and partner services
  • 763 WIOA participants were enrolled
  • 586 WIOA participants received Training Services
  • 1908 WIOA Adult career services were provided
  • 4134 WIOA Youth career services provided
  • 2391 employer services provided

A Message from Acadiana Workforce Solutions Director, Brenda Foulcard


Acadiana Workforce Solutions/ Local Workforce Development Board #40
1638 Creswell Lane Extension, Ste. 1
Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 284-0505 Phone
711 TTY

Acadiana Workforce Solutions Board Contacts can be accessed by clicking this link: Board Staff – Acadiana Work Force Development