|Several of the representatives present at the meeting pose for a picture. Pictured, from left to right, are Mr. Tom Yura, Mr. Robert Burgess, Mr. Charles “Charlie” Freeburgh, Ms. Lisa Pulizzano, Mr. Kevin Hardy, Mr. Hickley Waguespack, Mr. Dan Borne, Dr. Joe Ben Welch and Dr. Bill Martin. Special thanks to the members and staff of the LCA and LCIA for participating.
RESERVE- River Parishes Community College (RPCC), the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA) held a meeting on Tuesday, July 31, to discuss future opportunities and needs of LCA/LCIA members.
RPCC, LCIA and LCA representatives met with 16 business and industry leaders to discuss the needs of the plants and the ways that RPCC can meet those needs. RPCC representatives discussed topics from training and job skills needed in new hires to increased programming and partnership opportunities.
The business and industry leaders were then asked to give feedback about the opportunities available in petro-chemical and contractor organizations for creating highly-trained employees. These opportunities continue to expand as aging baby boomers retire in increasing numbers.
RPCC is also in the process of expanding its facilities. RPCC is in the process of buying land for a new campus and has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 44 acres of land at the Gonzales/Burnside exit of Interstate 10.
The first phase on construction will include a building that will house administrative services and academic programs. The second phase of construction will include space for a Center for Advanced Technology for its technical programs.
For the first time in RPCC history, the new campus will house both the technical and academic programs at the same location. Currently, students take academic courses at the John LeBlanc campus in Sorrento and technical courses on the Airline campus in Sorrento.
A two million dollar Board of Regents grant and a $19 million state bond sale cover the purchase of the land and the initial phase of construction, respectively.
RPCC will hold a capital fund campaign to fund the second phase of construction. The goal of the RPCC capital fund campaign is to raise eight million dollars to go towards the second phase of construction.