January 13, 2011---Officials from L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher), the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), distinguished guests and other community leaders gathered in Schriever, to break ground on the College's new campus development.
Approximately 150 individuals from the community attended the groundbreaking. Included in the ceremony were Governor Bobby Jindal, LCTCS President Dr. Joe May, LCTCS Chair Vincent St. Blanc, LCTCS Facilities Corporation President Stephen Smith, Fletcher Foundation Board Chair Billy Foster and Fletcher's Chancellor Travis Lavigne.
"We mark a new beginning in Fletcher's history and with it a renewal of the commitment that our community has made to post secondary education in our area," commented Chancellor Travis Lavigne.
The new campus development is a part of the Act 391 facilities project, which was passed during the 2007 Legislative Session and includes 23 projects for 14 community and technical colleges throughout the state and a total bond package of $173.7 million.Fletcher Technical Community College, originally South Louisiana Trade School, opened its current facility in 1951. In 2003, the Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR) granted approval of the request from the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) to recognize Louisiana Technical College - L. E. Fletcher Campus as a "Technical Community College" within the LCTCS. Today, the Institution celebrates sixty years of workforce training and education to the region with over twenty programs such as nursing, drafting and design, integrated production technologies and general studies. With record enrollment in Fall 2010 of 2395, the new campus will provide much needed space to accommodate new and existing programs