Health Care Workers
Old Algiers Main Street Corporation has developed a successful program with Advance Nursing Training, a local small business, to train young people as Certified Nursing Assistants. Qualifying students who live in the 70114 zip code may attend tuition-free; they also receive a stipend throughout the five-week course.
The program is part of the OAMSC #EquityRising initiative that began in 2021. To date, the program has sponsored 49 students who have completed training. most of whom have gained state certification and have obtained in-demand jobs in the healthcare industry. Some of the students are those who have been involved in the criminal justice system, an important goal for OAMSC and its partners. Baptist Community Ministries and Greater New Orleans Foundation have provided funding toward student stipends.
The planning of the CNA program, which is intended to create opportunities for equitable economic development in the Old Algiers community, was funded in 2020 through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. An additional grant was received in 2022 to continue to create opportunities, which will include training in other sectors of the economy including a new program to train 18-40-year-olds in the film industry, thanks to a two-year grant from Louisiana Department of Economic Development.
The film training program, which will include categories of grip/electric and costuming during the pilot phase will operate in partnership with the International Association of Theater and Stage Employees (IATSE) and L.B. Landry High School, part of the Algiers Charter School Association.
Classes are scheduled to begin in late summer. Look for more information on this website or social media. You can sign up to receive our bi-weekly newsletter that will offer information as it becomes available,
How to Apply:
Eligible residents (within the 70114 zip code) must complete this form to register for the CNA program. You will be notified within a week regarding your acceptance. The next session in the CNA program through LinkTree to determine eligibility. The next cohort for CNA training will begin classes in May 2023, with additional day and evening classes every seven weeks.
OAMSC to Present Training for Film Production
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) announced a $275,000 grant to develop and implement a training program for those 18-40 years-old living in the 70114 zip code that will lead to jobs behind the scenes on film productions, specifically grip/electric and costuming.
This pilot program under the #EquityRising banner, is a first for OAMSC, so we are starting small with only two types of training. There are many jobs in film productions; however, we wanted to start with some that could lead to entry-level employment.
Qualifying students will receive a stipend while training, which will be provided by the International Association of Theater and Stage Employees (IATSE)., the film workers' union. The paid training will make those who complete the program eligible to join IATSE for additional job and training opportunities. The training site will be at L.B. Landry High School in Algiers.
The first classes will begin in late spring. Look for details in the coming weeks. Information will be added to the website at www.oldalgiersmainstreet.org, and enrollment information will be announced in traditional and social media.