International Paper in Mansfield donates $20,000 to CLTCC Natchitoches Campus

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From left are Randy Caskey, CLTCC Instructor; Joey Blackmon, CLTCC Instructor; Jimmy Sawtelle, CLTCC Chancellor; Laurie Morrow, CLTCC Campus Dean; Mike Stewart, Balance of the Plant, Mansfield; Dr. Traci Washington, IPCO Mansfield; and Jeffrey Leach, IPCO Mansfield.

International Paper (IP) in Mansfield has donated $20,000 to Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Natchitoches Campus. Students enrolled in the Industrial Manufacturing Technology and the welding program will have access to state-of-the-art precision tools and trainers which will v closely simulate that used in local business and industry.

These new tools and trainers will provide for hands-on, practical learning experiences. “We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous donation from IP,” said Laurie Morrow, Dean of the Natchitoches Campus. “IP is a strong partner and friend to technical education and continue to support us with their finances, time and business expertise.”

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According to Morrow, IP has hired CLTCC Manufacturing and Welding students, served on the advisory committee for various campus programs, and conducted mock interviews to help prepare students for real jobs “Our hope is that these precision tools will enhance the overall learning experience for CLTCC students,” said Michael Stewart, manager, Balance of the Plant, Mansfield. “We understand the importance of providing students workplace-based learning to prepare them to enter the workforce.”