Manufacturing Connection October Newsletter

  • Manufacturing Connection October Newsletter

    Manufacturing Connection October Newsletter

    A Letter from the Director

    Manufacturing Month and Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) is committed to supporting manufacturers. One of LCTCS’ initiatives is to train a successful workforce. The system office works with each individual community college to create relevant, timely programs and services that address their specific industry needs. To accomplish that, the search is ongoing for four project managers to be located at the following colleges:


    • Central Louisiana Technical Community College

    • Louisiana Delta Community College

    • SOWELA Technical Community College



    Please visit for job descriptions and directions to apply. Interviews for the various positions are ongoing, and offers/appointments are expected soon.


    Additionally, after an extensive search, reviewing several applications, and interviews for the Director of LCTCS MEP of LA position, Dr. Ali Ahmad was offered the position and he has accepted. Dr. Ahmad was previously the Director of Operations for the MEP of LA. He is a professional with over 18 years of experience in industrial engineering, research and management fields. Prior to joining the MEP of LA, Dr. Ahmad was an Associate Professor and Head of the Engineering Technology Department at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Dr. Ahmad is a Certified Simulation Analyst and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Ali brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and I believe will do a great job leading the MEP of LA as Director.


    October is Manufacturing Month, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This year, Manufacturing Day was officially October 5th, where Dr. Ali Ahmad, hosted a virtual Nepris session on Manufacturing Day titled “Careers in Manufacturing”. This year, more than 80 manufacturing day events were registered in Louisiana. Additionally, October is also cybersecurity awareness month, which is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The cybersecurity awareness month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.


    Dr. Ahmad and I look forward to working with the MEP team and LCTCS Colleges to continue partnering with manufacturers across Louisiana, who are working each day to make a difference in the lives of our communities, state, country and world through innovative products, value-added processes, and economic impact.

    Dr. Willie E. Smith, Sr., Acting Director

    Continue reading the Manufacturing Connection October Newsletter here.


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