Sep 6, 2013 5:46 PM
LAFAYETTE | South Louisiana Community College Chancellor Natalie Harder will be seeking financial support from the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority for the college's new Health and Sciences building. Harder will be making a presentation during LPTFA's meeting Tuesday afternoon.
"I appreciate the opportunity to present the significant return on investment offered by our new Health and Sciences building," said Harder. "Support from the LPTFA would help Lafayette see a $15 million return during construction and a minimum $10 million annual return once completed."
LPTFA is a public trust that was created for the purpose of furthering and accomplishing public functions to benefit citizens of the city and the parish of Lafayette.
The proposed 83,400 sq. ft. building on the Lafayette campus will be anchored by the college's new registered nursing program and will host SLCC's allied health programs.
At full capacity, the registered nursing program will graduate 60 RNs per year. With an average salary of $65,933 in Acadiana, the region will see an additional $3.9 million in annual incomes.
The number of graduates in SLCC's allied health programs is expected to double with this additional facility. These programs will produce 272 healthcare professionals annually, representing more than $5 million in salaries in the Acadiana economy.
Today in the Lafayette and South Louisiana region there are more than 4,820 available jobs in the health care field. There currently is a waiting list for 102 students interested in enrolling in SLCC's Licensed Practical Nursing program.
Outside of healthcare, the facility will house the Lafayette Parish School System's Early College Academy. Currently, ECA enrolls 220 students in grades nine through 12. These students, upon graduation, earn a high school diploma and an Associate's degree. LPSS and SLCC agree that ECA can grow to 1,000 students with added space in the new building.
The Health and Sciences building is part of the $240 million "Facilities with a Purpose" bill that includes 24 construction projects on 14 campuses within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.