MINDEN, Louisiana, July 18,2014—For the second consecutive term, Northwest Louisiana Technical College has experienced enrollment growth that bucks the national trend. In the spring semester this year, Northwest LTC saw a 9% increase in enrollment; the College had a 7% increase for summer term that comes to an end today.


Two-year college enrollments swelled after the 2008 financial crisis; but the surge was brief. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment at two-year public institutions fell 3.6 percent between spring 2012 and spring 2013; and the numbers dropped 2.7 percent between spring 2013 and spring 2014.


Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Northwest LTC’s Director, believes that the enrollment growth is the result of “a consistent focus on aligning programmatic offerings with the needs of business and industry in our region.” Scott Price, Assistant Dean of the Minden Campus, added, “We have expanded evening offerings this summer and are providing a customized welding class for Clement Industries. Our plans are to continue to add evening programs that respond to workforce needs in our area.”


Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. NWLTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about NWLTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.



Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWLTC