Youth Occupational Skills Training


Delgado Community College

Youth Occupational Skills Training Program (Y.O.S.T.)

1900 Lafayette Street

Gretna, Louisiana 70053

(located in the Jefferson Parish Business and Career Solutions office)


For more information call (504) 361-6542 


Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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The Youth Occupational Skills Training Program (Y.O.S.T.) offers qualified individuals between 18 and 21 an opportunity to enroll in tuition-free training for high demand occupations leading to industry-based certifications.  Some of our trainings do not require a high school diploma or GED.  Training enrollment is ongoing and is done on a first come, first served basis.

  • Academic skills enhancement

  • Workshops for resumes, cover letters, and interview skills techniques

  • Mentoring sessions providing life skills training

  • Customer service skills training

  • Supportive services: gas cards or bus passes

  • Monetary incentives for reaching program goals (up to $600)

  • Job placement assistance provided after training



How can I enroll in the Y.O.S.T. Program?

Interested applicants will need to make an appointment to meet with a program facilitator to begin the enrollment process.  You will be required to bring the following documents to your appointment:


  • Picture Identification (Driver’s License or Picture ID)

  • Social Security Card

  • Birth Certificate

  • Proof of Residency

  • Proof of Income

  • High School Diploma or GED (if attained)

  • Immunization Records

  • Selective Service Registration (males only)



  • Prior to enrollment, you will be required to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Assessment to determine your current skill level in Math and Reading.

  • If selected, you will be enrolled as a Delgado Community College student and receive training in the occupational area of your choice at one of our local locations.

  • As a participant, the program will require you to attend workshops to assist you with resume writing, interviewing techniques, and other workshops.

  • As a participant, you will also be required to engage in academic enrichment sessions to help increase your level of proficiency in math and reading.

  • As a participant, your training will be monitored to ensure your success and Progress Reports will be submitted by your instructor to assess your performance and track your attendance on a bi-weekly basis.

  • As a participant, you may be eligible to gain up to $600 in incentives for program completion, basic skills upgrade, employment, GED attainment, and overall program goals.

  • Upon successful completion of training, job search, and job placement assistance will be provided.



For more information CALL or VISIT:

Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center


1900 Lafayette Street

Gretna, LA 70053


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The YOST partnership between Jefferson Parish and Delgado Community College with funding provided by the Workforce Investment Act.