Shreveport-Bossier has over 15,000 medically related employees that include medical school teaching and research faculty, post-docs, technicians, lab workers, medical professionals and support workers, the majority of whom are employed by LSU Health Shreveport, Willis-Knighton Health System, Christus Schumpert Health System, Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Higher Education Training
North Louisiana has 11 technical, two-year, four-year and graduate colleges and universities that support regional workforce demands. The Consortium for Education Research and Technology of North Louisiana is a unique collaboration of these north Louisiana higher education institutions formed to match their research and educational resources with the workforce needs of regional businesses.
Approximately 14,000 students in two-year and technical college programs and 34,000 students in four-year and graduate universities are taught by 2,400 faculty. A substantial number of academic degrees are offered through these institutions, including 58 associate degrees, 167 baccalaureate degrees, 72 masters degrees and 20 doctoral degrees.
To support the laboratory technician needs of the biotech industry, Bossier Parish Community College developed an Associates Degree in General Science with a Biotechnology Technical Competency Area (TCA) . There are four TCA courses: Introduction to Biotechnology, Cell Culture, Bioinstrumentation, and an Internship. The course work teaches hands-on laboratory skills augmented with lectures.
The Biomedical Research Foundation and InterTech recognize that to achieve the long term goal of establishing northwest Louisiana as a nationally recognized technology center requires technologically competent high school graduates, whether they enter the workforce upon graduation or continue with higher education. Toward that end, BRF co-sponsors eleven K-12 education programs designed to improve math and science competency. These programs can be found in the EDventures section at www.laedventures.org or www.biomed.org.