In order to meet the workforce demand created by the arrival of DXC Technology, the University of New Orleans will serve as one of the lead universities in the effort to increase the number of degrees awarded in key areas.
Yesterday, Virginia-based DXC Technology announced that it will establish a 2,000-job Digital Transformation Center in downtown New Orleans. The project will create more permanent direct jobs at one site than any other prior economic development deal in Louisiana.
To meet that workforce demand, the State of Louisiana will fund a $25 million higher education initiative to expand the number of degrees awarded annually in computer science, management, and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM-related studies. The initiative will be led through four lead campuses, including the University of New Orleans.
“The University of New Orleans is committed to forging a close relationship with DXC Technology in order to provide it with the prepared and highly skilled graduates that it needs to flourish in New Orleans,” said UNO President John Nicklow. “The State’s education initiative will fund additional faculty and new technology and facilities to support our students and their success.”
The arrival of DXC Technology, formed in April 2017 by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services Division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, cements Louisiana’s position as one of the fastest-growing software and IT destinations in the U.S. The new Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans, where next-generation technology services that support clients’ digital transformations, will be developed and delivered beginning January 2018. DXC will hire 300 IT and business enterprise professionals during 2018, then ramp up to 2,000 jobs over five years and an annual payroll exceeding $133 million by 2025.
UNO plans to partner with DXC Technology to supply graduates for full-time employment as well as students for internships. On average, 97 percent of University of New Orleans graduates remain in Louisiana, which makes the University well positioned to help meet the hiring needs for the Digital Transformation Center, according to Celyn Boykin, director of the Office of Career Services.
Patterned after prior software and IT initiatives in Louisiana, the DXC Technology project represents the state’s largest single higher-education investment in a private-sector workforce partnership.
“There is no application fee for high school students in metro New Orleans applying for undergraduate admission to UNO,” Nicklow said. “With significant scholarship and financial aid packages available, and with even better employment opportunities upon graduation, now is a great time to apply to the University of New Orleans and be a part of this collective economic growth.”