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|Funds in bank for LTC Shelby Jackson Ferriday campus expansion|
After an almost two-year wait, the planned $6 million expansion for Louisiana Technical College, Shelby Jackson Campus, is finally going to become a reality.
Officials with Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) spent Tuesday on campus making plans for the expansion.
"The money is in the bank and plans are being drawn up now," said Campus Dean Mignonne Ater. "We should be assigning an architect within the next 30 days and we're hoping to have a groundbreaking after the first of the year."
Ater said construction should begin around September of 2010.
The project to repair and replace current facilities came about from Act 391 by the state legislature. During the 2007 Session, the Louisiana Legislature authorized through Senate Bill 337 (Act 391) financing to support 23 capital outlay projects at 14 community and technical colleges around the state.
But cutbacks by the Legislature stalled the project.
Shelby Jackson is one of the 14 community and technical college campuses to receive funds for facility renovation and expansion.
Ater said $1.5 million will be used for renovation of the current building and $3 million will be used for a new multi-purpose nursing/allied health building.
The State Bond Commission approved $173 million in bonds that will provide new buildings and construction updates to facilities within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).
The project is expected to be completed in three years.
Ater said the money for the Shelby Jackson Campus will be used to repair the current building and replace facilities using adjacent land owned by the college.
"We will build a $1 million multi-purpose building that will include specific classrooms for nursing and allied health," she said. "Twenty out of 25 calls I get concern nursing. But it will also be a building that we can utilize for multiple functions."
Ater also said Shelby Jackson was one of eight state technical colleges selected for a video promoting technical colleges in the state as part of economic development.
"They are spotlighting our campus," Ater said. "They are going to let me know where and what groups this video will be shown to after its completion. I'm eager to see it."
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