Jindal signs legislation to funding community and technical college projects

ALEXANDRIA, La. – Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Sen. Robert Adley and representatives from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System on Monday at Central Louisiana Technical Community College to sign legislation that will provide funding for projects at community and technical colleges across Louisiana, stated a news release from the governor's office.

SB 204—authored by Adley—provides $251.6 million in financing and construction for 29 projects at Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses.

Jindal said, “One of my first acts as governor was to help commit $225 million to our community and technical colleges. Through this investment, we’ve improved campuses and learning environments for students across the state because we know the community and technical college system is a critical pipeline for ensuring that we have highly skilled workers in Louisiana. That investment was part of more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across Louisiana that we’ve made.

“But we knew we couldn’t stop there. We wanted to provide more support to ensure our students are learning in the best possible environments so they get the skills they need to succeed in great jobs. That’s why I’m proud today to sign a new bill that will help commit more than $251 million for 29 new projects at community and technical colleges around the state.”

Twelve percent of the $251.6 million ($34.3 million) will come from local, private matching funds. Included in the 29 projects are: 25 workforce projects; three student testing, career and service centers and one safety related project.

Many of the projects will build new workshops and training areas for students in key industries like nursing, welding, aviation, construction and information technology.

LCTCS President Joe May said, "The signing of Senate Bill 204 by Governor Jindal signifies the state's commitment to ensure that Louisiana's community and technical colleges will continue to solve the problems faced by employers, build strong communities, strengthen our state's economy, and create a growing middle-class. This legislation will modernize facilities and provide the training necessary for our graduates to gain access to not only good jobs, but some of the best jobs in the state. It will also enable us to maintain the course-one of unprecedented enrollment growth, record numbers of graduates, and 21st Century program development aligned with business and industry."

At Central Louisiana Technical Community College, $19 million is being invested for construction of a Workforce Industrial Training Campus as a result of SB 204.

In addition, more than 5,300 new training stations will be added statewide, increasing the total training stations available by 59 percent to over 14,400 stations.

The added stations will increase students served in high pay, high demand workforce areas by 63 percent, totaling nearly 41,000 students who will now receive job training each semester.

Upon completion, these projects will allow campuses to expand curriculum, broaden programming, increase training resources and maximize their ability to educate students throughout Louisiana.

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