From Governor Bobby Jindal:
I was very pleased to announce last week that EA Sports, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, will be creating a North American Test Center on LSU’s South Campus. As Sharon Knight, EA's senior vice president, said in the New Orleans Times Picayune reported, the center will be “the first of its kind for the company, which has never before partnered with a university on a job project,” and is a great example of the sort of technologically-driven jobs we must continue to bring to Louisiana.
The center will create 20 full time jobs and more than 200 part-time jobs for Louisianians. As the Baton Rouge Advocate reported, these are the “kind of jobs” that have “the potential for keeping young people excited about staying in Louisiana.” This announcement is a critical step in creating a digital media economy and is a great example of drawing on the strength of our universities. For example, as I said in the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, the University of Lafayette has “one of the most advanced 3-D imaging centers and its video game design degree program provides a well-trained work force for a company seeking to locate a manufacturing facility here.” We will continue to work to bring new companies to our state creating the sort of opportunities that will allow our children to realize their dreams right here in Louisiana.
Supporting our Teachers
Last week in Monroe I announced that Louisiana has received a two-year, $3.4 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to support educational leaders across the state. The Monroe News-Star reported that “The Wallace Foundation has funded administrative training in other states for several years because research has shown the difference that qualified leaders make in struggling districts.”
The Wallace Foundation grant will allow the Governor’s Office, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), the Department of Education, the Board of Regents, and the University of Louisiana system to work hand in hand to continue using various educational leadership initiatives to ensure that Louisiana is moving forward in its ability to recruit, train, and retain qualified school principals. As I stated in the Baton Rouge Advocate, “we know that the key to strengthening our children’s education is to put a good teacher in every classroom…and ensuring that we have innovative educational leaders is critical to supporting the efforts of our dedicated teachers.”
The University of Louisiana-Monroe and LSU-Shreveport have already begun their Louisiana Leader Fellows Programs, which will certify specially selected teachers to become school administrators in high-need areas throughout the state within the year. We will continue to work with educational leaders throughout our state to increase opportunities for both our students and our teachers, as we strive to make Louisiana’s educational system a model for the rest of the nation. Visiting Communities StatewideLast week we traveled to Oak Grove, Jeanerette, Napoleonville, Pollock, and Jonesville to talk face to face about the progress we are making in our state. I take your thoughts and concerns very seriously, and we most assuredly take them into account when looking at ways to improve our state. This week I will be travelling to Jonesboro, Columbia, Wisner, and Rosepine, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulating the Olympics
As the Olympics have come to a close in China, I want to acknowledge and congratulate all of Louisiana’s outstanding athletes that took part in the games. Representing our state and country in international competition is a great honor, and our men and women are certainly worthy of it. Twenty athletes and two coaches with Louisiana ties traveled to Beijing to compete in eight different sports, the largest contingent from Louisiana ever. Thirteen of the athletes currently live and work in Louisiana, while eleven were born in our great state. They did a great job of not only representing our country, but Louisiana as well, to the rest of the world.