The RPCC Foundation has
begun a capital campaign to raise funds for the college’s Advanced Technology
Center, a new building that will be constructed at the future site of RPCC’s
new campus in the Edenborne Development in Gonzales.
The RPCC Foundation is
initially raising $900,000 in private funds for a match that will trigger the
release of $8.1 million the Louisiana legislature has allocated to RPCC through
Act 360. After raising the $900,000 to
receive the $8.1 million from the state, RPCC will continue to raise funds for the
remaining costs of the Advanced Technology Center.
Technology Center, which will replace its current technical campus on Airline
Highway in Sorrento, will be built at the intersection of Highway 44 and
Interstate 10 in what is referred to as Phase II construction. Phase I construction, which is currently
underway at the same site in the Edenborne Development, includes space for
academic transfer programs and administrative offices.
President of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, stated, “River Parishes
Community College is a life-line for our parish, and we understand the need for
our college to have the ability to grow with each passing year.”
The construction of this
facility is necessary to keep up with the incredible growth in the area. In Ascension Parish alone, the labor force
grew by nearly 30% between 2002 and 2012, according to the Ascension Economic
Development Council (AEDC). Since 2006,
new or existing enterprises in Ascension Parish have announced over $6 billion
of capital investment in AEDC-assisted projects. These investments represent more than 2600 permanent jobs created over the same period. These investment and employment numbers
represent a small part of the overall increases in investment and employment in
the larger community that RPCC serves.
The capital campaign has
received its first contribution, with Atmos Energy sponsoring the first
classroom on RPCC’s new campus. For a
list of sponsorships and naming opportunities for the new campus, contact Susie
Johnson, Director of Development, at (225) 675-0251.
The completion of both
phases of construction will represent the first time both the academic and
technical programs will be housed in the same location since RPCC merged with
Louisiana Technical College-Ascension Campus (LTC-A) in 2010. These programs will also be housed on a
campus that RPCC owns for the first time in RPCC history. Both the academic and technical programs are
currently housed in rented facilities.
For additional information
on RPCC and its programs, call (225) 675-8270 or visit www.rpcc.edu.