Workforce Connection



Sharon Wegner, Director

1900 Lafayette Street, Suite 1
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 227-1283

The Jefferson Workforce Connection, also identified as “American Job Center”, is demand driven to address the needs of businesses. In addition, the centers are part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act designed to assist jobseekers in Jefferson Parish find jobs to achieve a better quality of life. We assist businesses in developing a diverse workforce to be competitive in the global economy. We provide employers access to the most qualified workforce while giving the workers of the region centralized resources for improving their job skills, developing new career paths, and locating the best opportunities our region has to offer. It is the one stop destination for employers and jobseekers in Jefferson Parish and provides multiple programs, including occupational skills training, to assist members in successfully meeting the workforce needs of the 21st century.

The department is staffed with both state staff, who are employed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Jefferson Parish employees. They work together in two centers, one located at 1801 Airline Dr., Suite A, Metairie, Louisiana 70001, and the other at 1900 Lafayette Street, Suite 1, Gretna, Louisiana 70053. Funding for the department is generated by the US Department of Labor through the Louisiana Workforce Commission and through various grants that are awarded to the Jefferson Workforce Connection

East Bank

East Jefferson American Job Center
1801 Airline Drive, Suite F
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 838-5678
Hours: M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm

West Bank

West Jefferson American Job Center
1900 Lafayette Street, Suite 1
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 227-1283
Hours: M-F 8:30am – 4:30p


EMPLOYER SERVICES OFFERED

  • Training Solutions

  • Labor Market Information/Business Intelligence

  • Rapid Response Team

  • Posting Job Openings on Local, State and National Websites

  • Receiving/Forwarding Applicant Resumes

  • Prescreening/Referral of Qualified Job Seekers

  • On-Job-Training

  • Job Fairs/Recruitment Events

JOB SEEKER SERVICES

  • Employment Services

  • Occupational Skills Training

  • Job Search and Virtual Recruiter

  • Resume Development

  • Customized Training

  • Job Referrals

  • Interviewing Workshops

  • Labor Market Information

  • Job Readiness Training

  • Basic Skills Upgrade

VETERAN SERVICES

Transition Assistance Programs for Separating or Retiring Veterans.

  • Priority of Service

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill Assistance

  • DD214 Upgrade Information

  • Assistance with Applying for Disability

  • Resume Writing

  • Job Interviewing Training

  • Job Skills- Includes Computer Workshops

  • Medical Information

  • Housing Information

  • Applying for State, Federal, or Parish Jobs

  • Job Fairs

  • Job Search

  • Referral Services to VA, Mental Health, etc.

YOUTH SERVICES

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age 18-24 and Jefferson Parish Resident

  • Low income (WIOA sec 101[13])

  • One or more apply

    • Low income and basic skills deficient or English Language Learner

    • High School Dropout

    • Homeless, runaway or foster child

    • Pregnant or parenting

    • Offender

    • Disability

Services Offered

  • Career Exploration

  • Work Readiness Training

  • Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

  • Referral to Services/Partner Programs

  • Occupational Skills Training

  • Basic Skills Upgrade

  • Post-Secondary Education

  • Summer Youth Employment

  • Year Round Work Experience

CENTER PARTNERS

  • Jefferson Council on Aging

  • Jefferson Parish Public School System

  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

  • Jefferson Parish Public School System (Adult Education)

  • Delgado Community College

  • Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development Programs

  • Jefferson Parish Community Action Programs

  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

  • Louisiana Technical College System

  • Louisiana Office of Family Support

  • Louisiana Job Corps Services

  • Hope Center

  • Catholic Charities

  • United Way

  • Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority

  • Department of Child and Family Services