WORKFORCE Resource Guide

Southwest Louisiana WORKFORCE Resource Guide

A step-by-step guide to prepare you for a job in support of area industry

New jobs are coming to southwest Louisiana and it is important that residents who want to work and succeed in today’s workforce get the required training and credentials NOW. The resource guide is a road map for job seekers to get from point A to point B on their workforce preparation journey. It includes information to help individuals choose a career, get the training and certifications required, prepare a resume, acquire basic life skills and ultimately, land a job. The resource guide provides valuable information but also seeks to connect job seekers with the right people to help guide them in the right direction.

The focus of this resource guide is on craft and skill positions, not four-year bachelor degree programs. Craft and skill positions listed in the resource guide are for industrial manufacturing facilities as well as the contracting companies that provide construction and maintenance support to those facilities.

A cornerstone of the SWLA Workforce Resource Guide framework is the Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center, a one-stop shop for residents looking to apply for jobs with area industry. Companies looking to hire in the area will access the Center’s applicant database for local, qualified workers.

The Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide was a true collaboration of local service providers, workforce development personnel, the local academic community and other community leaders.

  • CLICK HERE to download the Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide

Volunteers of America in Southwest Louisiana publishes a resource guide of social services available for local residents. The guide includes a listing of services and contact information from adult housing to parenting classes, to food pantries, to child care services and more. Click here to download the most up-to-date Volunteers of America Southwest Louisiana Resource Guide.

The SWLA Workforce Resource Guide was developed in collaboration with the following partnering organizations:

  • Apprenticeship programs (Plumbers Local 106 & Lake Charles JATC)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican Southwest Chapter
  • Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center
  • Calcasieu Parish Public Library System
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Division
  • Interview for Life: Career and Life Coaching/ Interview Preparation Program
  • Literacy Council of SWLA
  • Safety Council of SWLA
  • SOWELA Technical Community College
  • South Louisiana Community College-Acadian
  • SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Frequently Asked Questions:

Still have a question? Email Us.

Resource Guide Orientation Classes:

The Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center and the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System is hosting Resource Guide orientation classes at the Solutions Center and library locations. These classes take job seekers and mentors through the Resource Guide, step by step. Presenters are also available to work with attendees one-on-one to answer questions, if needed. To download a copy of the orientation PowerPoint presentation, click here.

The next mentor training will be held at the Westlake Library on Monday, December 15, at 6 p.m. 

If you would like to schedule a training to be held at a library, church or community center near you, please Email Us.

Pick up your hard copy of the Resource Guide at one of these distribution locations:
  • Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center
    2424 Third Street • Lake Charles, La. 70601 • 337-721-4010
  • SEED Center/ SWLA Economic Development Alliance
    4310 Ryan • Lake Charles, La. 70605 • 337-433-3632
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department
    Government Building; 1015 Pithon Street, 1st Floor
    P.O. Drawer 3287 • Lake Charles, La. 70602 • 337-721-3520
  • SOWELA Technical Community College
    3820 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave • Lake Charles, La. 70615 • 337-421-6565
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. -- Pelican Chapter
    222 Walcott Road • Westlake, Louisiana 70669 • 337-882-0204
  • Central Library (Main)
    301 West Claude St. • Lake Charles, La 70605 • 337-721-7116
  • Carnegie Memorial Library
    411 Pujo St. • Lake Charles, La. 70601 • 337-721-7084
  • DeQuincy Library
    102 West Harrison St. • DeQuincy, La. 70633 • 337-786-4213 or 337-721-7087
  • Epps Memorial Library
    1320 North Simmons St. • Lake Charles, La. 70601 • 337-721-7090
  • Fontenot Memorial Library
    1402 Center Street • Vinton, La. 70668 • 337-721-7095
  • Hayes Library
    7709 Perier Street • Hayes, La. 70646 • 337-622-3605 or 337-721-7098
  • Iowa Library
    107 East First Street • Iowa, La. 70647 • 337-582-3597 or 337-721-7101
  • Maplewood Library
    91 Center Circle • Suphur, La. 70663 • 337-721-7104
  • Moss Bluff Library
    261 Parish Road • Lake Charles, 70611 • 337-721-7128
  • Starks Library
    113 South Highway 109 • Starks, La. 70661 • 337-743-6560 or 337-721-7107
  • Sulphur Regional Library
    1160 Cypress Street • Sulphur, La. 70663 • 337-721-7141
  • Westlake Library
    937 Mulberry Street • Westlake, La. 70669 • 337-721-7113