MINDEN, Louisiana, September 8,2014 — Northwest Louisiana Technical College has announced the addition of a new associate degree program scheduled to launch in January 2015. The additional program is part of Northwest LTC’s strategic plan which includes enhancing associate degree opportunities in career and technical education. This expansion of degree offerings takes place as the school celebrates unprecedented enrollment growth.

The new degree, the Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies, includes concentrations in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Diesel-Powered Equipment Technology, Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Industrial Manufacturing Technology, Information Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology, and Welding. The degree has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges and the Louisiana Board of Regents. This month, Northwest LTC will submit a proposal to the Council on Occupational Education for final approval.

“The introduction of this program and these concentrations represents a natural evolution of our mission as a technical college and provides additional options for our students,” said Northwest LTC Interim Director, Dr. Rick Bateman. Chief Academic Officer for Northwest LTC, Laurie Morrow, added, “We have a long history of and a great reputation for high quality certificate and technical diploma programs. This new AAS degree allows us to extend that tradition to another level.”

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. Northwest LTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about Northwest LTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.

Contact: Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, Northwest LTC