River Parishes community college foundation reaches capital campaign goal for new advanced technology center

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor of River Parishes Community College (RPCC) announced that River Parishes Community College Foundation has reached its Capital Campaign goal of $1.1 million dollars to build the new Advanced Technology Center, thanks to local community and industry partners.

“These businesses and individuals have made a contribution to this project that will have great long-term effects on the workforce needs of the River Parishes. RPCC will be able to provide local citizens the training needed to join the highly skilled workforce in the area,” said Dr. Doty.

More than 30 local business, industry and community partners joined together to help RPCC reach their 12% match. Our partners include: Signature Partner, BASF; Chancellor Partners-Bill and Mary Lee Dixon, Performance Contractors; Vice Chancellor Partners-Cajun Industries, EXCEL, ISC, Turner Industries; Dean Partners- Air Products, All Star Automotive, Dr. Joe Ben Welch, EATEL, Gloria Callais, Methanex, Triad Electric and Controls, Potash Corp., Richard Oil, RJ Daigle & Sons, Whitney Bank; Professor Partners- Motiva, Pala Group, St. Elizabeth Hospital; College Partners- Atmos Energy, Beard Construction, Cox Communications, Dr. Fraiche & Occupational Medicine, Gauthier and Amedee, Ryland and Patti Percy, Southland Fire and Safety; Ambassador Partners- Grace and Hebert, Orion Instruments, Regions Bank and Robert and Jamie Burgess

The college faculty and staff will be working closely with these companies and individuals during the planning and design of the Advanced Technology Center. BASF will have significant involvement with this process because of the donation of equipment that must be incorporated in the design of the building and instructional planning.

The expanded program offerings that will be a part of the Advanced Technology Center are directed toward the skilled labor needs in the River Parishes. There is a shortage of workers needed to build the new and expanding plants in the area. The need for skilled welders, electricians, pipe fitters, millwrights, industrial carpenters, process operators and instrumentation technicians is well documented by Louisiana Workforce agencies. The Advanced Technology Center will expand the training opportunities for local workers to start these professions and it will also help increase the skills of existing workers to meet the long term need for highly skilled craftsmen to operate and maintain the manufacturing facilities for the long term.

ACT360 of 2013 provides the opportunity for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to build state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Centers to train workers to meet the workforce needs of Louisiana. There are 24 facilities being planned for a total of $245,520,000. RPCC will have a $9, 200,000 facility that is made possible by the $1,100,000 in contributions from our local partners. The college and community are overjoyed to have this level of commitment and support from these companies and individuals.