The ribbon was cut this morning on SLCC's new Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.
The program, housed on the community college's St. Martinville campus, was developed by members of The Master's Guild of Acadiana in conjunction with SLCC and the Louisiana Workforce Commission in response to the growing need for trained, skilled craftsmen.
"We have put together and Mr. Porter has created a program that is second to none throughout the state," said Charlotte Leleux, the program manager. "I know there are going to be many success stories come out of this program and at the same time meeting the need that was brought to us by business and industry partners."
That need was never more apparent than after the flood of 2016 when some of Acadiana's most skilled construction professionals networked together to confront the issues surrounding the influx of unfinished, subpar construction work left behind by non-local and un-vetted contracting companies who posed as experts.
The group has since developed into what is now, The Master's Guild of Acadiana, a membership organization that works to cultivate a community of highly skilled construction professionals and assist them in becoming more productive and successful.
Through the organization's Journeyman Initiative area employers pledge to offer placement for graduates of the SLCC Construction Academy beginning in September 2019.
MGA's efforts are supported by membership dues, corporate sponsorships, and community partnerships. Members of MGA are local, vetted professionals with proven knowledge and experience in the construction industry.
To learn more about Master's Guild of Acadiana, visit www.mastersguildofacadiana.com or contact Tiffany Steward at 337-356-7827.