May 10, 2013 7:28 PM by Press Release
New Iberia, LA - The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce (GICC) supports an educated and skilled workforce, which has the current skill set that businesses need to grow. To that end, the GICC Board of Directors voted this week in support of Louisiana Senate Bill 204, which funds
facility development for 28 campus projects within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
These projects are crucial to meeting the workforce and economic development demands of businesses throughout the state. The projects will provide the types of facilities needed to put into place educational and training programs aligned with current workforce needs.
This bill is authored by Senator Adley of Baton Rouge with Iberia Parish legislators Senator Fred
Mills and Representative Terry Landry among the significant list of additional authors.
"The project, within the bill, that immediately impacts Acadiana is a $16million Allied Health and
Science Building for South Louisiana Community College. We have estimated more than $8 million
generated in salaries, annually, by the employees who earn various healthcare degrees offered in
this facility," said Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor, SLCC."Presently 101 students are waiting to be
enrolled in SLCC's LPN program, which speaks to the urgent need of health care workers.
Additionally, in April 2013, SLCC received approval from the State Board of Nursing to offer a
Registered Nurse program. At full capacity, the program will graduate 60 RN's per year to work in
area health care facilities resulting in a $3.9 million annual RN income, while supporting local
health care facilities in meeting their staffing needs with local employees."
"It is crucial to keep pace with the times. Industry is changing and the way we train our workforce
is changing", said GICC Vice-Chairman Farrell Armentor. "Our communities need more skilled workers from welders to registered nurses . This bill ensures the facility needs of the community and technical college system are met through bonds, without detracting from other much needed capital outlay projects across the state."