Young Memorial Campus Expansion Ground Breaking Ceremony
MORGAN CITY, La. - Today, officials from South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC), the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), local community leaders and other stakeholders and guests gathered in Morgan City to break ground on the new classroom building and lab facility at the Young Memorial Campus, located at 900 Youngs Road.
Approximately 200 individuals from the community attended and witnessed the long-awaited groundbreaking of the new facility. Noted guests included State Senator Butch Gautreaux (District 21); State Senator-Elect Bret Allain (District 21); State Representative Joe Harrison (District 51); and State Representative Sam Jones (District 20).
The new campus development is a $5.98 million project and includes a 23,000 sq. foot expansion. This new venture is part of the Act 391 facilities project, which was passed during the 2007 Legislative Session and includes 23 projects for 14 community and technical colleges throughout the state and a total bond package of $173.7 million. The targeted completion date for the new classroom building and lab facility is June 2012.
"This is a great day for the Morgan City community. This new facility will help us to carry on our mission of providing access to training which will support our regional economy and further our goal of accelerating economic development in this community. We're so pleased to know that we'll be able to accommodate more students and affect more lives positively in the near future," said South Central Louisiana Technical College Director, Gregory Garrett.
The new classroom building and lab expansion will serve as the home to healthcare, computer networking, and developmental studies classes as well as Business Services, Student Affairs and other Administrative offices.
"We are excited about the new classroom and lab expansion at SCLTC's Young Memorial Campus," said Dr. Joe D. May, LCTCS President. "These new facilities will only enhance the quality programs being offered at this campus. Louisiana's Workforce Solution: The Louisiana Community and Technical College System enrolls more than 60,000 students at its institutions throughout the state. Providing a Day One Guarantee, our colleges strive to direct the high demand, industry-sensitive training our State needs. We focus on workforce and economic development, and on improving the quality of life of Louisiana's citizens through educational programs offered at our 50 campus locations. Our System colleges include: Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, Delgado Community College, L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College, Nunez Community College, River Parishes Community College, South Louisiana Community College, SOWELA Technical Community College, and the Louisiana Technical College, with campuses in eight regions throughout the state. We're proud of what the campus has to offer to our students, what is has accomplished and how it will continue to positively affect business and industry in South Central Louisiana."
The campus was originally built in 1965 with funds donated by the H& B Young Foundation. Named for Hugh and Byrnes Young, two brothers, landowners and entrepreneurs who spent their lives in the Morgan City area, the foundation donated three-and-half acres of land to be used for a vocational and technical school. The land for today's groundbreaking was also donated by the H & B Young Foundation.
The Young Memorial Campus currently enrolls approximately 1,700 students. Major training areas at the Young Memorial Campus include welding, commercial diving, marine industrial electronics, ROV, business office technology, marine operations, A/C and refrigeration, practical nursing and drafting. The Survival Craft Proficiency program provided at the Young Memorial Campus of SCTLC trained twenty-five of the workers who were on the ill-fated Deep Water Horizon that blew up and sank last year in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to their training at the college, all twenty-five of these workers survived and several returned to thank their instructors. SCLTC received the highest rankings of an LCTCS college, placing second in the nation, as an overall producer of one-year certificates.
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