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Southeastern to coordinate incumbent worker training of Hood Auto Group in Covington

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will coordinate the training of nearly 50 employees of the Hood Chevrolet Auto Group in Covington through an $87,587 grant from the Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program.

     The grant, which is funded by the Louisiana Department of Labor, will be used to implement training programs designed to increase the skills of sales and other customer service personnel employed at the auto dealership, explained Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Southeastern Division of Continuing Education.

     “This training is invaluable to our current and potential employees,” said Cindy Hood, executive manager of Hood Northlake. “We are able to hire personnel with no previous experience and offer them the training that helps ensure their success with our organization.”

     The training will be conducted in large part by the SMART Institute, a Hammond-based company that provides a wide range of training in retail sales and service related topics. The company last year provided training for 125 employees of the Bill Hood Auto Group of Hammond through a similar incumbent worker training grant.

     The grant is one of several Southeastern has received in recent years, totaling more than $3 million. Among other projects recently completed were computer training programs for personnel at Central Progressive Bank and a wide variety of programs for employees of the Neill Corporation of Hammond.

     The Incumbent Worker Training Program is designed to assist Louisiana business and industry by providing training for existing employees with the intent of increasing productivity and enhancing growth. Participating companies must have operated in Louisiana and contributed to the state’s Unemployment Insurance System for at least three years.

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