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2015 THEO Class to Be Held At Northwest LTC Sabine Valley Campus

2015 THEO CLASS TO BE HELD AT NORTHWEST LTC SABINE VALLEY CAMPUS Applications are now being accepted at the Northwest Louisiana Technical College Sabine Valley Campus in Many for the Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator (THEO) training program beginning May 26, 2015. The THEO program was developed in 2013 in response to the decline in the number of experienced operators of timber harvesting equipment. The average age of the logging employee is around 45 years old, and there are very few young people with the experience to get into the business. It is the hope of the THEO Advisory Committee that offering training will encourage more young people to consider a career in logging. Area logging companies in the western portion of the state will be provided a chance to hire trained personnel. Students are CPR/First Aid and OSHA 10-Hour certified when they receive their certificates. They also take the Master Logger core courses and receive a Master Logger certification. The THEO program is 19 weeks long and students will graduate on October 1, 2015. Much of the training is hands-on, operating the three common pieces of logging equipment: skidder, loader, and feller-buncher. The Instructors are retired logging contractors, who not only teach the students to operate the equipment, but show them how to work as a team. Upon completion of the program, students will have accumulated 15 hours of...

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Northwest LTC Shines at SkillsUSA Louisiana State Competition

Northwest LTC Shines at SkillsUSA Louisiana State Competition Lafayette, Louisiana, March 30, 2015—The SkillsUSA Louisiana State Competition was held in Lafayette on March 27-28, 2015. The competition was a showcase of career and technical education students where 216 competed in 30 hands-on trade and technical contests. The team of students from Northwest Louisiana Technical College emerged with the greatest number of overall medals as well as gold medals. Click here for full press...

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Scholarship Awarded to Northwest LTC Student

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO NORTHWEST LTC STUDENT Quincy Cooper was awarded a $1000 scholarship by the Red River Street Rod Association. Mr. Cooper is a diesel powered equipment technology student at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport. Being a diesel technician is a long term goal of Mr. Cooper’s which he was only recently able to pursue. Mr. Cooper states that he chose Northwest LTC because it was highly recommended by professionals in the field, and he realized that it would provide the pathway for better advancement in his career, high wage employment, and a sense of purpose. Mr. Cooper states that the completion of the program will give him a sense of pride knowing that he accomplished his goals. The scholarship was awarded by the Red River Street Rod Association. Mr. Bill Ford, an affiliate of the Red River Street Road Association, was present to present the scholarship to Mr. Cooper. The Red River Street Road Association is instrumental in providing $2500 in scholarships annually to the students of Northwest LTC. Northwest LTC is grateful to the association for extending their generosity to the students it serves and for helping students to meet their educational and career goals. Northwest LTC provides high quality, relevant, career and technical education to meet the workforce needs of Northwest Louisiana. The Red River Street Rod Association was formed in 1973 and is the...

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Cosmetology Graduate Perseveres to Achieve Career Goal

NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana, March 16, 2014—Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s Natchitoches campus recently had 34 students complete degree, diploma and certificate programs. Among those graduates was Stella Dimgba and she completed the Cosmetology program with honors. But the real story is the journey Stella travelled to get to graduation. Stella Dimgba, 22 years old, was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2011 to live with her grandmother and brother Charles. Stella’s life adjustments were challenging because of the culture, food, and people; however, these things did not stop her from achieving her first goal—receiving her General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Mrs. Ethel Blake, Adult Education Instructor, welcomed her and assisted her throughout her educational journey. “The GED program was very educational and I remember crying for other students who did not take the program seriously,” Stella recalls, “With all the ups and downs, it was the words of encouragement from Mrs. Blake and other staff that helped me earn my GED.” While working on her GED, Stella would regularly visit with cosmetology instructor Mrs. Petula Holden. Since her dream was to become a cosmetologist, she asked lots of questions about the program. Stella said, “Mrs. Holden was very nice to me and answered all of my questions. I remember getting my cosmo acceptance letter in the mail and screaming my life out, jumping up and down on...

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Northwest LTC Continues to Enroll Record Numbers of Students

Minden, Louisiana, February 26, 2015 — In part due to an improving economy, enrollment in America’s two-year colleges has declined about 2 or 3percent annually in recent years. Northwest Louisiana Technical College, on the other hand, continues to buck this trend and has seen four consecutive semesters of significant enrollment growth. The spring 2015 semester marks the fourth consecutive enrollment period of record enrollment at Northwest LTC. With 3,241 students enrolled, the college grew by 19 percent over the number enrolled in the previous spring semester (2,715). Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Interim Director of Northwest LTC, cites the demand for skilled workers, innovative programs designed to attract adult learners, and a strong outreach effort to high schools throughout the region as the principal factors contributing to record enrollment. “We continue to expand career pathways to adults engaged in preparation for the high school equivalency test (HiSET) so that they are prepared for in-demand careers in our regional economy that pay family-sustaining wages,” said Bateman. Laurie Morrow, Northwest LTC’s Chief Academic Officer, added, “Providing high quality career and technical education in and for our high schools is a high priority for us and we take pride in accelerating young people toward great paying jobs that will keep them in Louisiana.” To accommodate the growth, Northwest LTC is increasing evening programs and working with its accreditor to obtain permission to offer...

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