Jul 25, 2013 7:18 PM by Akeam Ashford
South Central Louisiana Technical College will soon get a much needed building upgrade. The school will receive $3.7 million in state funds to replace temporary Butler buildings on campus with permanent structures.
The college trains thousands of men and women in the marine, oil, and gas industry each year.
Program Director Earl Meador says the old buildings are, in some ways, hindering expansion of current and future programs.
"To meet the modern age of the community we serve, we need nice classrooms for them to work in," says Meador.
Plans are in the works to construct a 26,000 square foot building which will include 10 to 12 classrooms, a break room, and other amenities.
"When our students come in from all over the country, they're going to have a nice facility," Meador said.
Last year, roughly 3,600 students enrolled in training courses at SCLTC.
Meador expects enrollment will increase by at least half after the capital projects are complete.
"If they've got the ambition to come down here and get into the school, they're going to make a good worker someplace," says Meador.
Before the college can receive the funds, it will need to raise $500,000 in community contributions. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in 2015.