New Natchitoches Campus among CLTCC’s top 10 achievements in 2017

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“CLTCC is very grateful to our supporters across Central Louisiana for an outstanding year in training our workforce. We know this would not be possible without our partners, so we say ‘thank you’ to them. This year’s list expands on the investments made over the past three years, and as you can see, our students are achieving more for Cenla’s business and industry.”

#10: Brian Caubarreaux awarded an unprecedented number of “Do It Right” scholarships to CLTCC students in 2017. To date, “Do It Right” scholars have graduated with marketable skills or are pursuing education in high-demand, high-wage careers.

#9: CLTCC Natchitoches Campus hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in November celebrating the re-grand opening of its newly renovated campus, which flooded in March 2016 due to record rainfall.

#8: Articulations Agreements with Cenla Colleges: CLTCC signed three new articulation agreements with Louisiana State University (LSUA) at Alexandria and Northwestern State University (NSU) in Natchitoches. The LSUA partnership allows students to transfer up to 60 credit hours in several majors and enables concurrent enrollment, which allows students to be enrolled at both colleges at the same time. The NSU partnership allows students to earn an associate’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technician from NSU with additional coursework offered through CLTCC’s Natchitoches Campus. Under the program, students take classes and work part-time in sponsoring manufacturing facilities. The five sponsoring manufacturers are Alliance Compressors, RoyOMartin, Pilgrims, Boise Cascade and Stella-Jones.

#7: CLTCC revealed the layout for its new downtown campus to be designed by architects Barron Heinberg & Brocato and Ashe Broussard Weinzettle. CLTCC also announced the purchase of the McCormick Graphics building, which will enable the college to bring all of its programs downtown as part of the City of Alexandria Revitalization Project.

#6: Fort Polk, Cheniere Energy, Inc., Bechtel, Oil, Gas and Chemicals (Bechtel), CB&I, KBR, Inc., and CLTCC celebrated graduating over 100 army soldiers under Fort Polk’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. This military-private-college partnership gives graduates an opportunity to earn a starting salary of $60,000 plus per year after 17 weeks of training.

#5: CLTCC added two new campuses to its college bringing the number of locations to nine. The move of the two new campuses – Natchitoches and Sabine Valley (Many, La.) –
is designed to strategically serve manufacturing and mutual businesses and industries along Interstate 49.

#4: CLTCC celebrated 434 graduates during commencement exercises in May and December 2017. In addition, CLTCC provided short-term trainings, industry-based certifications, and marketable skills training to an additional 350 students.

#3: CLTCC Students won 12 medals during Louisiana’s state SkillsUSA competition and two medals at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky. Jessica Solis, a Practical Nursing student, won a gold medal in the medical math category and Ashley Augustine, a Business student, won a silver medal in customer service. The college’s SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor and Welding instructor Ashley Boyd also won SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year for Louisiana.

#2: CLTCC was awarded $580,000 to increase enrollment and graduates at six rural campuses. As a result, new programs were started at multiple campuses. Computer Technology is now offered at the Ferriday Campus; Forest Technology is offered at the Huey P. Long Campus in Winnfield; Patient Care Technician is offered at the Rod Brady Campus in Jena; and Electrician Technology is offered at the Sabine Valley Campus in Many. The grant funds also are being used to purchase new equipment and make upgrades at the Oakdale Campus and Ward H. Nash Campus in Cottonport.

#1: CLTCC was awarded a $2 million grant from The Rapides Foundation to develop and expand manufacturing training and programs. The $2 million grant was matched by the State of Louisiana totaling $4 million. The impact of the $4 million investment will support students at all CLTCC campuses and benefit Cenla’s economy for years to come. CLTCC extends deep gratitude to the Foundation, the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System for their support.

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves 11 parishes in Central Louisiana through its nine campuses and provides instruction in three state prisons and two federal correctional institutions. For more information, visit