YouthForce NOLA Announces Partnerships with Training Providers

YouthForce NOLA is working to increase the number and breadth of high-quality technical training opportunities so that students can earn industry-recognized credentials while still in high school. Since we started just over three years ago, the number of New Orleans students earning credentials in high-wage, high-demand career pathways has increased more than 300%.

This success wouldn’t be possible, though, without the commitment of our school partners and a strong network of quality training providers. That’s why we’re especially pleased to announce the following new partnerships through which we’ll be providing technical assistance and financial resources to help training providers offer the coursework necessary for students to earn statewide industry-based credentials.


The New Orleans Career Center will serve as the citywide hub for high-quality, industry-driven and aligned high school technical training coursework. The Career Center launches its first programs for students in August in Healthcare and Engineering & Manufacturing pathways. It will initially serve over 100 students pursuing the Medical Assistant and AutoDesk Inventor credentials. The vision is that – over time – the career center will build out and expand additional career pathways options and CTE training providers will co-locate with the Career Center in order to provide a singular, citywide destination for technical training.


Our Scale Partner will receive funding and support to implement high-quality technical training and soft skills reinforcement over two school years to get students credentialed.


Operation Spark provides software design and engineering immersion training. Credentials: Fundamentals of JavaScript, Functional Programming and Web Development

Our Launch Partners will receive funding and support to further build their knowledge and skills through the implementation of a robust pilot program that includes technical skill building and soft skills reinforcement.

NOVAC provides career and technical education in digital media. Credentials: Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator

NOTEP provides training and real-world experience working in the electrical and carpentry trades. Credentials: NCCER Core, NCCER Carpentry I & II, and NCCER Electrical I & II


Our Seed Partners will receive funding and support to research and explore technical coursework and its components.

Gateway EMS will provide courses in emergency medical services. Credentials: Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, EKG technician, and Phlebotomy

Per Scholas provides technical coursework in the area of information technology. Based in New York City, Per Scholas’ funding will enable them to develop relationships in New Orleans and determine their possible local model. Credential: CompTIA IT Fundamentals

Jasmine Henderson