Chancellor's Welcome

Meet the Chancellor

Welcome to CLTCC. We've been training the workforce of Central Louisiana since the 1930s, as a vo-tech, trade school, technical college, and now a technical and community college. Today, more than 75 years later, we have become a comprehensive, two-year college with more than 20 academic and career training programs. Our programs are designed to prepare students to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year university.

These are exciting times for all of Louisiana's community and technical colleges, as we align our workforce with the needs of employers. The economic expansion forecast for Louisiana over the next five to 10 years in unprecedented. Existing businesses are expanding their operations and new businesses are moving to our state, which means we have to be ready to respond to the demand for skilled laborers. Companies are investing billions of dollars to grow their businesses, and the skilled workers these companies will need are in the tens of thousands.

To meet this need, Louisiana's community and technical colleges are embarking on an aggressive, six-year plan that went into effect in October 2014. The plan, known as "Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow," consists of six goals -- double the number of graduates to 40,000 annually, double the annual earnings of graduates to $1.5 billion, quadruple student transfers to four-year universities to 10,000 annually, double the number of students served to 325,000 annually, quadruple partnerships with business and industry to 1,000 annually, and double the foundation assets to $50 million.

In addition, Act 360, passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2013, will enable us to modernize and expand many of our facilities. A total of 29 projects statewide in the amount of $251.6 million are under way or in progress thanks to Act 360. CLTCC's project is the relocation of its main campus in Alexandria, La. The legislature authorized $19 million in state funds and required a local match of 12 percent to build the new main campus. The City of Alexandria agreed to fund $2.8 million of the cost, making the total investment $21.8 million. The new main campus will be located in downtown Alexandria. It will enable us to offer more programs that support Central Louisiana's workforce needs in areas such as healthcare, welding, industrial maintenance, construction, business administration, and general education.

Thank you for choosing CLTCC for your educational and training needs. I wish you much success.

Jimmy Sawtelle
Central Louisiana Technical Community College