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Sep 06, 2013
MINDEN – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight the opening of the new campus at Northwest Louisiana Technical College.
Governor Jindal said, “Today is a great day for Minden, Webster Parish and our entire state. We committed more than $18 million for this new, expanded campus because we know our community and technical colleges serve as a critical pipeline for supplying quality workers to key industries that drive our economy. This new campus allows Northwest Louisiana Technical College to educate more students in top-notch classroom and lab settings. We continue to invest in these critical learning environments because they provide our students with the skills they need to pursue their careers and dreams right here at home.”
The new campus will be 30,000 square feet bigger than the previous campus, which only served 400 full-time students. The new facility can serve approximately 740, with room to expand to serve thousands more in the future.
It features 37 classroom labs and 25 welding stations that will serve programs such as practical nursing, industrial instrumentation technology, heavy construction vehicle operations, industrial maintenance and machine tool technology, welding and auto/outdoor power equipment technology.
The first phase of the campus includes an academic building and a technical building. The second phase is under construction, which includes a third building that will house Workforce Commission offices. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across Louisiana, including more than $225 million at Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses.