CLTCC Lamar Salter Campus Carpentry Students Construct Storage Building for Vernon Parish School Board Head Start Program

CLTCC Lamar Salter Campus Carpentry Students Construct Storage Building for Vernon Parish School Board Head Start Program

Project is one of several service-learning projects completed by students in Carpentry Program

Alexandria, La., Nov. 14, 2018 -- Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville is constructing a new storage building for the Head Start Program in Vernon Parish as one of its service-learning projects for the fall semester. 

Service-learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service.

Carpentry Instructor Bobby Bordelon said his students complete at least one service-learning project each semester.  “This type of learning strategy has many benefits,” said Bordelon.  “It enhances student growth because they get real-life, hands-on experience with a construction project.  Service-learning also teaches civic responsibility, and it makes the community we live in stronger.”

According to Curtis Clay, Director of the Vernon Parish School Board Head Start Program, they were in dire need of a new storage building.  “We will use it to store school materials, curricula, files and furniture,” said Clay.  “Our current budget does not allow for the purchase of any new storage.  Thus, we are so thankful for Mr. Bordelon and his students.  This project is a great testament to CLTCC’s strong commitment to the betterment of this community.”

Students began framing the new storage building in late October, and they hope to finish next week weather permitting.

The Carpentry program prepares individuals to fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools.  It takes approximately four semesters to complete the program.                                                               

“As a technical and community college, we always want to pursue opportunities to integrate instruction and civic involvement,” said Geralyn Janice, Campus Dean & Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant Administrator.  “This is a great example of our school and Vernon Parish working together to help sustain our community.”

CLTCC’s spring semester starts Jan. 14.  Individuals interested in the Carpentry Program or other programs at Lamar Salter should apply for admission now.  Go to and click on apply.  There is no cost to apply.

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