Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) announced a multi-million dollar expansion project underway at the Baton Rouge Community College Acadian Campus that will bring much needed workforce training and career opportunities to North Baton Rouge.
“This is a substantial renovation project that will not only enable the BRCC Acadian Campus to expand its very successful North Baton Rouge Training Initiative, but also provide more opportunities for the community, city and the state,” said Gov. Edwards. “I’m especially proud of the collaboration between BRCC and Istrouma High School which shows that it’s never too early to start introducing our young people to programs that will inspire them to continue their education while also improving their chances of finding good paying jobs right here at home. It is also an excellent footprint that can be duplicated in cities around the state. This is the kind of investment that the people of Louisiana can be proud of.”
The North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative is a comprehensive training program where members of the community can earn nationally recognized construction credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and receive skills and knowledge to work in the construction industry. This initiative is a public-private partnership funded in part by the state of Louisiana and led by industry partners ExxonMobil, Turner Industries, Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation, ISC, Formosa Plastics, Performance Contractors, Jacobs Engineering, Pala Group, TRIAD, Brock Group, Georgia Pacific, Stubb Corporation, GBRIA, Associated Builders and Contractors and Employ BR.
"At a time of limited capital funds, we are grateful to Governor Edwards for his continued commitment to and investment in workforce opportunities for the people of Louisiana,” said LTCTS President Dr. Monty Sullivan. “Now more than ever, we must ensure access to life changing academic and workforce training. The renovation of the BRCC- Acadian Campus is a clear message of investment and opportunity for the people of North Baton Rouge."
The modern, state-of-the-art workforce development center planned for the Acadian campus will provide a hands-on training environment that prepares students for rewarding and family sustainable careers. The Acadian Workforce Industrial Training Campus will serve as a hub for the region and will attract a new generation of students to the LCTCS. This partnership between BRCC, the East Baton Rouge School System and Istrouma High School will enable the college to expand the curriculum to complement the region’s advancing workforce needs in areas of welding, pipefitting, electrical and instrumentation, culinary arts, healthcare and other skill crafts and general education programs.
Financing is provided by ACT 360 Project which was approved during the 2013 legislative session. The statewide facilities initiative designed to improve Louisiana’s Community and Technical College facilities will provide increased training capacity and opportunities for students, business and industry in both rural and urban areas across the state.