MINDEN, Louisiana, January 22, 2015—As the New Year begins, Northwest Louisiana Technical College prepares to invest the $1.6 million dollars it has been awarded to promote workforce development efforts in our region. The new dollars are from the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Fund and represent the largest single investment from the new fund for any two-year college in the State.

In June of last year, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation that increased higher education funding by $40 million, of which nearly $12 million has gone to Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges. The legislation created the WISE Fund and Northwest LTC submitted a successful proposal to fund four pathway projects that will increase graduates in Cyber Technology, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing, and Energy Services.

We carefully developed a regional workforce development plan that will meet the needs of multiple industry sectors in Northwest Louisiana,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Interim Director. “We are delighted that the Board of Regents has seen the merits of our plan and has invested significantly in our College. These dollars will help us meet our goal to triple the number of graduates in our workforce training programs over the next five years.”

Northwest LTC’s Chief Academic Officer, Laurie Morrow, shared, “We are laser-focused on the creation and expansion of high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage curricula that meet regional workforce needs. The WISE funds will allow us to launch a new Industrial Electrician program while also strengthening and expanding our Cyber Technology, Industrial Manufacturing, and Energy Services programs.”

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. For more information about Northwest LTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.