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New State-of-the-Art Technology Center Opening in Central Louisiana

To read the full article from The Rapides Foundation, click here.

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) recently received a $4 million grant to “strengthen manufacturing training programs” in Central Louisiana and establish the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Technology Center in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, which will house a state-of-the-art technical training program. This Center will feature a variety of Amatrol equipment, including 24 Skill Boss systems used in conjunction with MSSC‘s CPT+ certification.

In the most recent newsletter from The Rapides Foundation, this development is highlighted as part of The Rapides Foundation’s Economic Development Initiative, which features a Workforce Skills and Development component that seeks to, “build a cohesive and effective workforce development system in the region that meets the demands of employers, quickly respond to change, and provide training opportunities and career pathways for employment and advancement for all Central Louisiana (Cenla) residents.”

The effort began in 2008 when The Rapides Foundation began a community discussion around the future workforce of Central Louisiana and developed a comprehensive report, Beyond High School: What Will It Take to Build Cenla’s Next Workforce? This discussion, “got local leaders to take a deeper look at post-secondary education and its connection with local business,” and, “emphasized the need for a community college in Central Louisiana and showed the tremendous gap between available jobs and proper training for those positions.”

This level of collaboration is a perfect example of how involving the community and local industry in a workforce development initiative can lead to exceptional results.

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