Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus in Schriever, Louisiana on July 31, 2012. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Community and Technical College System Facilities Corporation President Stephen Smith, and Fletcher's Chancellor Travis Lavigne addressed over 200 local and state officials, faculty, staff, and students who attended the event.
The new campus was constructed under the direction of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Facilities Corporation. Funding was appropriated through ACT 391, whereby $21.3 million was allocated to finance the construction and development of Fletcher's new campus.
Governor Jindal said in his speech, "Investing dollars at Fletcher and throughout our community and technical college system was one of my first acts as Governor. We made a commitment to improve the campuses and learning environment for students because we know the community and technical college system is a critical pipeline for ensuring that we have skilled workers in Louisiana. Indeed, the campus is a training ground to make sure that we continue to have the most highly-skilled workforce in the country. If we continue to train the best workers in the world, that means we can continue to attract companies who want to invest in Louisiana and create opportunities for our people to pursue their dreams here at home."
Chancellor Lavigne said "Let this new building serve as commitment to improving the well being of all of our citizens by providing quality education that will allow our students to soar to new heights and ultimately succeed in their career of choice not only benefitting themselves as an individual but that of our community as a whole."
The 90,000 square foot facility is the fourth location for Fletcher Technical Community College. The Schriever location will house the new Coastal Commerce Bank Library, an academic resource learning center, a community meeting room, an integrated production technologies science lab, student services and business offices, nine computer labs, and 25 classrooms for arts, sciences, accounting, and business programs. The building will open officially to service the public on August 6, 2012 with the fall semester beginning on August 22, 2012.