NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  New Orleans Career Center

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2733 Esplanade Avenue.
New Orleans, LA 70119

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           2733 Esplanade Avenue.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Claire Jecklin

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1222

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $3,000,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
Emily Arata
Jay Altman
Augie Gallo
Dana Peterson
Rick Rizzo
Jade Brown Russell
Alon Shaya
Cate Swinburn

Executive Director: Claire Jecklin
Deputy Director: Carlin Jacobs
Finance Director: Claudia Kent

All Addresses: 2733 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans LA 70119

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           This project expands access to the equipment necessary to access hands-on technical training for trainees at the renovated facility for New Orleans Career Center. The renovation of this facility provides the space and infrastructure to expand technical training opportunities. Industry and workplace aligned equipment are essential to master the skills and gain experience for in-demand jobs. This equipment request expands workforce training access for high school students from 400 seats to over 1200 seats annually while also providing evening and weekend training courses for adults.

The renovation and construction will enable this organization to give New Orleans’ high school students and graduates training aligned to employer-valued credentials while also gaining relevant work experience, and developing workplace readiness skills through hands on practice in a centralized career and technical training center.

The New Orleans Career Center (the Career Center, NOCC) is a nonprofit initiative providing high school and adult students access to career and technical education training and academic coursework to earn industry-based credentials (IBCs) for employment in high-demand industry sectors in our region.
Through community and industry collaboration, New Orleans Career Center provides two types of programming:
• Half Day High School Program: Daily half day, high school technical training, credit bearing coursework focused on career exploration, industry opportunities, technical and soft skills and the attainment of industry valued credentials.
• Adult Rapid Re-skill Training: Full day, accelerated coursework aligned to local industry demand to prepare and certify workers for careers in high demand positions.

Current training is currently housed in a temporary site in an elementary school building. Additional space is needed to expand and provide specialized spaces for technical training and hands on practice.

The Orleans Parish School Board, in partnership with RSD and JacobsCRS, are renovating the school building at 1331 Kerlerec Street, New Orleans, LA. Construction begins in July 2020 and ends May 30, 2022. This renovation provides three floors to accommodate the increase in training seats and opportunities. The offices and third floor classrooms provide many spaces that can be easily renovated, while the first and second floors will undergo significant renovation to provide larger training spaces. Selective demolition of existing spaces allows for conversion of traditional high school spaces to technical training standards and larger specialty labs.

Direct skilled crafts training spaces are included for Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Electrical, Engineering and 3D modeling, Welding, HVAC, Environmental and Water Management.

Healthcare training spaces include EMR/EMT, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy and EKG Labs, Patient Care, and clinic, hospital and extended care simulation spaces. In addition to medical spaces, the second floor hosts the Culinary Lab, Culinary Learning Center, and Hospitality Management Lab. The third-floor training spaces are dedicated to Digital, Audio/Film, Graphic Design, and Software Development and Programing learning centers.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $35,468,145
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          New Orleans Career Center is our city’s hub for high quality technical education, training skilled and prepared graduates for a lifetime of opportunities, advancement, and success.

NOCC is a growing leader of high quality technical training programs for both New Orleans public high school students and adult workforce training in our community.

The Center multiplies the opportunities for career training, and serves as a key component of New Orleans’ commitment to ensuring public school graduates are poised for success in college, career, and life. NOCC partners with employers directly to design training responsive to workforce demand and innovation.

To support our mission and the expansion of skilled and prepared graduates, NOCC is seeking state funds to support the additional technical training furniture, fixtures, and industry specific equipment for the renovated 140,000 square foot career and technical training center. The Center has been designed in partnership with Orleans Parish School Board, Recovery School District, Jacobs CRS, and SCNZ Architects and NOCC is the operator of this facility,

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          New Orleans projects over 78,000 jobs to be filled in skilled trades, health sciences, blue and green jobs, and technology that require training beyond high school, but less than a 4-year college degree.

High school students and graduates in the Greater New Orleans Region must gain access to meaningful technical training toward the high-growth middle-skill jobs, in order to further strengthen the economic fabric of our region and provide new career training opportunities during a time of great economic change.

NOCC will grow incrementally, for the next three years, to increase student seats and expand adult programming and industry partnerships to provide over 1000 seats annually for Orleans Parish students, schools, and community members in a renovated citywide career center facility, designed in partnership with NOLA PS and with input from industry.

By 2023 NOCC will expand programs and partnerships to expand pathways and training programs in target sectors: Water Management, Emerging Environmental, Skilled Crafts, Software Development, Digital Media, Health Sciences, and Engineering and Manufacturing.

New Orleans Career Center will serve as a hub for career and technical training options, training and preparing over 5000 high school and adult trainees in our community by 2025.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           2.2 years total of remaining planning, demolition, renovation, and construction.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 NOCC board member Dana Peterson: 2336 Valence Street, New Orleans LA 70115
Elected Official Karen Carter Peterson: 2336 Valence Street, New Orleans LA 70115; Louisiana State Senator; spouse

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Claire Jecklin 
                                       address:  2733 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

                                       phone:  5043776728
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director