Louisiana is on track to become one of the top states for computer science graduates. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says by using a digital media incentive, Louisiana was able to attract major players in the IT business to the state.
He says all corners of the Bayou State are seeing growth in this department.
“IBM in Baton Rouge and Monroe, Century Link growing in northeast Louisiana. CSRA, that’s a derivative of the old computer science corporation up in the Shreveport-Bossier area.”
Louisiana has invested over 38 million dollars in the computer science and engineering departments at universities. Pierson says the major companies are foundational players that allow graduates in computer science to easily get jobs in the IT sector. He says the next step is to encourage students to go into this prosperous industry.
“We’re really trying to encourage the ability to learn these skill sets, become software programmers and engineers and walk out with a diploma ready to go to work in one of these industries.”
Louisianajobconnection.com is a way to connect graduates with potential jobs in the IT sector. Pierson says it’s important to embrace these jobs in technology that will dominate in years to come.
“By positioning Louisiana and our educational institutions in a way that partners with these exciting new opportunities, we can provide great opportunities for our young people that are graduating.”