SAS, a leader in business intelligence, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) announced an agreement to lead a coalition of partners in the development and funding of regional educational impact grants that will encourage collaboration between local higher-education institutions and K-12 school districts to educate families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the wake of the devastation, community leaders and public education administrators across Louisiana must absorb millions of dollars in budget shortfall due to lost tuition dollars and tax revenues. This challenge comes at a time when the state's displaced students, families and workers are in critical need of education and training to address the immediate recovery effort, as well as the long-term goal of preparing workers for the renewed Louisiana economy.

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