Minden, Louisiana, September 8,2014 — Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that enrollment at two-year public colleges is declining; but don’t tell that to the faculty, staff and students at Northwest Louisiana Technical College where a third consecutive semester of growth is not bucking the trend… it’s stampeding the trend.

Between fall 2013 and fall 2014, Northwest LTC’s enrollment increased from 2,566 to 3,429; at 34%, that is an unprecedented level of one-year growth for the College. To put this growth into a national context, earlier this year the Community College Week named a college that experienced enrollment growth of 25% with being the fastest growing two-year public college in the country.

Northwest LTC Interim Director, Dr. Rick Bateman, said the college is reaping the benefits of an enhanced understanding of the value of career and technical education. “Workforce development is not a hobby for us… it’s what we do every day. Our nine-parish service area understands that we provide the training that leads directly to high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers.”

The Mansfield Campus has seen the greatest growth this year; from fall 2013 to fall 2014 the campus grew by 87%—from 265 to 496 registered students. Dianne Clark, Dean at the Mansfield Campus, added, “We are proud of the work we’ve done to align programs to our regional workforce needs and enhance our partnerships with education stakeholders. But we are most proud of the life-changing impact we are having on more and more of our citizens.”

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.

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