Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its $1 Million Manufacturing Training Center at the Alexandria Main Campus. The facility will be used to train residents for manufacturing jobs in Cenla.
CLTCC’s Workforce Development & Enterprise Services department renovated 4,500 square feet of flexible meeting space and re-purposed it to house training systems for advanced manufacturing processes. The training center includes several training systems, including an advanced manufacturing process line that can be reconfigured, customized, and converted into a real factory setting, which will allow students to mimic and troubleshoot true manufacturing processes.
“This Manufacturing Training Center is a significant step in meeting the demand for skilled workers. CLTCC now has the flexibility to adapt to business and industry needs as well as students’ needs through new learning management systems, virtual tools, and hands-on equipment,” said Jimmy Sawtelle, CLTCC Chancellor. “We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from the manufacturing industry and the entire community. Working together, we’re training tomorrow’s workforce and making Cenla stronger.”
The Manufacturing Training Center is being funded by at $2.7 million grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) through their Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program. CLTCC was awarded the grant in 2013. Many Cenla businesses, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Central Louisiana Economic and Business Development Alliance, along with state economic development groups assisted the college in obtaining the DOL TAACCCT grant.
Bill Fontenot, Senior Vice President of Utility Operations for Cleco Power, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Alexandria City Mayor Jacques Roy and State Rep. Terry Brown (I) provided remarks, along with leaders from local businesses.
Residents interested in enrolling in various Workforce Development training programs at CLTCC can call 318-487-5443.