Workforce Development is something The University of Louisiana Monroe is always working to accomplish.  Roslynn Pogue, Director of the ULM Office of Career Connections, says our area is growing and there are shortages of employees in many areas.  

"Accounting, nursing and other medical fields are in high demand," says Pogue.  She says many employers are looking to ULM to ask about potential graduates. ULM Career Connections helps student with skills to land these lucrative jobs. 

North Louisiana Economic Partnership

A $1.5 million dollar grant will help connect CenturyLink and IBM in Monroe. 

The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the City of Monroe with a grant that’s anticipated to stimulate $20 million in economic development.

CenturyLink to acquire Level 3 Communications

Oct 31, 2016
courtesy image / CenturyLink.com

  • New Company will be the Second Largest Domestic Communications Provider Serving Global Enterprise Customers
  • Combined Company Will Deliver Comprehensive Services and Solutions Over an Owned Network that Connects More Than 350 Metropolitan Areas with Approximately 75,000 On-Net Buildings
  • Transaction Valued at Approximately $34 Billion
  • Expect to Achieve $975 Million in Annual Run-Rate Cash Synergies that will Enhance Ability to Invest in Advanced Networks
  • Transaction Expected to be Accretive to Free Cash Flow in First Year Following Close and Significan

Ouachita Business Alliance Unveils Master Plan

Sep 3, 2015
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The Ouachita Business Alliance on Thursday unveiled a master plan to form a coalition of progress for Ouachita Parish. 



The plan is designed to help the community to grow and improve, and  provide a rallying point for citizens and businesses to participate. 

Louisiana Jobs Cut In CenturyLink Layoff Plan

Aug 29, 2015
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CenturyLink is cutting around 55 jobs from its Louisiana workforce as part of a companywide layoff plan.

Spokesperson Annemarie Sartor did not indicate what positions were part of the reduction.  The telecommunications company employs about 2,500 people at its headquarters in Ouachita Parish.

Earlier this month, CenturyLink announced a reduction of 1,000 jobs companywide.  They employ approximately 44,000 workers around the world.

The layoffs come following disappointing second quarter earnings that were reported in late July.

Center Transforms CenturyLink

Mar 25, 2015

CenturtyLink opened the doors to an innovative future Tuesday.  The telecommunications giant officially opened its new Technology Center of Excellence.  CenturyLink employees,  political officials, and business and community leaders gathered to see the state-of -the-art facility.

CenturyLink CEO Glen Post says the center moves the company forward as services rapidly grow and evolve.  "We're moving from local telephone service to a company that provides strategic network services, IT and cloud services around the world," said Post.    

IBM to Create 400 Jobs in Monroe

Feb 17, 2015
North Louisiana Economic Partnership

 IBM will create 400 new jobs in Monroe during the next 10 years.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state also will provide $4.5 million in higher education funding at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University to create more computer science graduates to meet workforce needs.

IBM's service center, which will be built on U.S. Highway 165 North across from CenturyLink's headquarters, will serve both CenturyLink and other customers.

IBM has announced the creation of 400 jobs in support CenturyLink.