In 2014 the Central, Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) engaged RTS to examine the shape of the future CLEDA regional economy – the industries that will define it, the jobs that will be needed to drive it, and the workforce development system that will produce the talent and skills to fill those jobs with qualified people. CLEDA and RTS then crafted a set of recommendations on how the region might better organize itself to deliver the talent it needs to realize the future it wants. This project takes one of the five major recommendations from the 2014 report off the drawing board and into action. This report offers a demand-driven, best-practice based blueprint to launch and support a connected, coordinated and comprehensive work-based learning system that will deliver the higher level skills and talent that Cenla business and industry will need to prosper.