SCHRIEVER, La. (WGMB) — Governor Bobby Jindal marked the opening of the new L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College campus development on Tuesday.
The new development will house facilities including the new Coastal Commerce Library, an academic resource learning center, student services offices, nine computer labs, and 25 classrooms for arts, sciences, accounting and business programs.
Since 2008, the Jindal administration has appropriated and financed more than a half a billion dollars in critical higher education infrastructure investments across the state. This total includes general fund and capital outlay investments, including $225 million for Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses. At Fletcher, Governor Jindal supported $21.3 million in financing for the construction and development of the new campus development.
Governor Jindal said, “Investing dollars at Fletcher and throughout our community and technical college system was one of my first acts as Governor. We made a commitment to improve the campuses and learning environment for students because we know the community and technical college system is a critical pipeline for ensuring that we have skilled workers in Louisiana. Indeed, the campus is a training ground to make sure that we continue to have the most highly-skilled workforce in the country. If we continue to train the best workers in the world, that means we can continue to attract companies who want to invest in Louisiana and create opportunities for our people to pursue their dreams here at home.”
The development was completed in 18 months and will begin serving students in August for the new school year. The new site is located less than ten miles from Nicholls State University and will support Fletcher and Nicholls students by providing cross enrollment opportunities between the two institutions.