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RPCC Newsroom
March 12, 2013



River Parishes Community College is excited to announce the groundbreaking for its new campus in Gonzales!  

The groundbreaking will be on March 21 at the future home of RPCC’s new campus in the Edenborne Development off of Highway 44.

The first phase of construction, which includes an 81,000-square-foot facility for academic programming and administrative offices, has an expected completion date in the spring of 2014.  Upon completion, Phase 1 of construction will be the first time that RPCC will be housed in a building it owns.

Dr. Joe Ben Welch, RPCC Chancellor, expressed his excitement for the construction and the future.

“This building represents so much more than a bigger facility,” said Dr. Welch.  “It’s a symbol of the growth of the River Parishes and the opportunities present for members of the community.”

Phase 2 of construction will include the Advanced Technology Center for all technical programming.

Phase 1 of construction is publicly funded, and Phase 2 of construction will be funded through a combination of public and private sources. 

RPCC extends a special thanks to our groundbreaking sponsors, especially our corporate sponsor, Axiall Corporation.  Axiall Corporation formed on January 29, 2013, when Georgia Gulf Corporation merged with PPG’s commodity chemical business.  Axiall Corporation is a leading North American manufacturer and international marketer of two integrated chemical product lines, chlorovinyls and aromatics.  Axiall Corporation’s chemical products can be found in plastics, pulp and paper production, packaging, chemical intermediates, pharmaceuticals, medical and agricultural applications and paints, acrylics and varnishes.  Axiall Corporation operates chemical manufacturing facilities in Plaquemine and Lake Charles, LA, as well as Texas, Mississippi, West Virginia, Washington and the Ontario Province, Canada.


River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.