(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Sunday, July 06, 2014 2:22 PM
The Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Commerce Department, has awarded McNeese State University a $102,590 grant to help fund the school’s EDA University Center.
Janet Woolman, executive director of economic development, said this was the second year McNeese received funds from EDA. The funding is part of a five-year grant the university was awarded in 2013.
She said McNeese was one of 19 universities awarded the grant through a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies.
“EDA’s investment is an opportunity to grow the innovation infrastructure in Southwest Louisiana through training, technical assistance, applied research and workforce education,” Woolman said in a statement.
She said McNeese works with businesses and industries to find opportunities to support the resources and expertise within the university. Most recently, she said, the University Center developed a software program that identifies faculty expertise and intellectual capital as a resource for business and industry.
The University Center also works with McNeese’s Institute for Industry Education Collaboration and the Innovation Center to address regional workforce needs, Woolman said.
“McNeese not only provides an educated workforce, but also offers professional and customized workforce training programs, conducts applied research to solve local problems, and generates and sustains regional economic growth and prosperity,” she said.