MANSFIELD, Louisiana, May 11, 2015—The Mansfield Rotary Club, the Desoto Parish Alternative Program, and Northwest Louisiana Technical College are utilizing a braided funding approach to support high school dropouts seeking to earn an equivalency diploma.

Braided funding involves multiple funding streams utilized to pay for the services needed by a given population. The term braided is used because multiple funding streams are initially separate but are brought together to pay for more than any one stream can support.
The Mansfield Rotary Club donated funds to support a partnership which has been developed between Northwest Louisiana Technical College and the DeSoto Parish Alternative Program. The funds have been used to offset expenses for several students who have dropped out of high school but are close to being able to take the HiSET® Exam to earn their equivalency diploma.  Northwest LTC is providing Work Ready U funding to pay for an adjunct instructor who teaches the classes at the alternative program site.

This project, which began in February, will end in May.  Dianne Clark, Campus Dean for Northwest LTC Mansfield, shared, “Adult Education in Louisiana is no longer simply a matter of obtaining a high school equivalency diploma.  Our vision for Work Ready U provides emphasis on improving quality of life by providing skills necessary to obtain careers offering a sustainable wage.”

“Increasingly, the strategies for meeting the educational needs within our communities require partnerships and shared funding”, added Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D., Interim Director at Northwest LTC. “The collaboration between the Mansfield Rotary Club, the Desoto Parish Alternative Program and Northwest LTC Mansfield is a perfect example of a braided-funding model designed to support an at-risk constituency group.”

 

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.

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L to R: Ed Gorman (Mansfield Rotary Club Treasurer); Torus Hill (DeSoto Alternative Program Principal); and Bob Church (Mansfield Rotary Club President)