James Sawtelle, CLTCC Chancellor
When the year began, Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) looked forward to maximizing the new opportunities available with the recently completed downtown main campus building as well as the CLECO Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. CLTCC’s plan was building on the positive momentum formed college-wide in 2019. And then, 2020 unfolded with unprecedented events such as a global pandemic changing everything. 2020 has been unlike any year we have ever experienced. Our focus has always been to serve the workforce needs of our students and our partners and that never changed. But to do that, we had to reengineer the ways we interacted with students and delivered our classes to ensure the health and safety needs of our students and our staff were met as well.
As the year draws to a close, here is a look at the achievements the college saw as the Top 10 of 2020:
#10: For the third consecutive year, CLTCC’s Student Government Association president served as student representative on the Louisiana Community & Technical College (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors. This year practical nursing student Joshua Turner of the Rod Brady Campus continued the string of service started by Jeremy Gray in 2018 and followed by Shanco Williams in 2019.
#9: In a year filled with COVID-19, hurricanes and stresses resulting from extraordinary circumstances, student wellness became even more important.
• A generous donor provided free YWCA Alexandria memberships to all Alexandria Campus students.
• Ochsner Health provided Telehealth to CLTCC and Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) students and dependents. As a result, students were able to receive medical information conveniently, affordably and privately.
#8: Students working toward a diploma in practical nursing gained a new option as CLTCC added an Associate of Applied Science degree in practical nursing. The program added five general education courses that will transfer to all public Louisiana colleges and universities.
#7: To support workers who may be unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19, LCTCS and CLTCC launched the “Reboot Your Career” program for short-term training in high demand, high-wage careers. Students can receive reduction of tuition upwards of $1,500 per year for career training.
#6: CLTCC and LSU of Alexandria partnered to create a transfer scholarship to help students save money and remain in Cenla. Students can save thousands towards an associate’s and bachelor’s degrees by completing general education classes at CLTCC and then transferring the credits to LSUA.
#5: Cammie Hoover, a Ferriday Campus practical nursing student, was one of 48 national recipients of Phi Theta Kappa’s “New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar” award sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation.
#4: Last year, reporter Marcella Bombardieri visited CLTCC and Cenla, “looking for insight on how to improve rural college attainment.” Her story, which was featured in the Boston Globe and American Progress, promoted the importance of Career and Technical Education across Louisiana and the United States.
#3: CLTCC saw new private investments of more than $600,000. Investments include a land donation from Regions Bank as well as a $110,000 commitment from Hardtner Medical Center, Autumn Leaves Nursing Rehabilitation Center, LaSalle Economic Development District and LaSalle Nursing Home for a second practical nursing class at Rod Brady Campus. Other groups making significant donations to the success of CLTCC students include Haas Automation Inc., CommCare Corp, Coughlin Saunders Foundation, International Paper Co., Brookshire’s Grocery Co., Brian Caubarreaux & Associates and Union Tank Car Co.
#2: CLTCC achieved five of six Goals in LCTCS’s landmark six-year public agenda, titled “Our Louisiana 2020.” The college united to serve Central Louisiana to: • Double graduates • Double earnings of annual graduating class • Double students served • Quadruple businesses partnerships • Double foundation assets
#1: The overwhelming choice as the Top Story of 2020 is the way CLTCC students, partners, faculty and staff worked together to overcome obstacles, demonstrating an indomitable will to succeed in the face of the unprecedented challenges 2020 presented. Specifically, students and staff:
• Converted to online and virtual training at outbreak of global pandemic.
• CLTCC graduated 123 practical nursing professionals two weeks early to engage in COVID-19 healthcare.
• SGA President and LCTCS Student Board Member Shanco Williams volunteered to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in a community effort to support local hospitals. • Natchitoches Regional Medical Center provided COVID-19 testing hosted at our Natchitoches Campus. • Colleges donated all PPE and medical supply inventory to community health providers in the fight against COVID-19. • CLTCC joined System-wide ‘call to action’ to increase Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
• Essential Workers and Essential Worker-Training led the way across Cenla, Louisiana and the U.S. • Facilitated and hosted by LSU of Alexandria, CLTCC held virtual graduation ceremonies with commencement address by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. • Students, faculty and staff held and finished strong during a Fall Semester beset by hurricanes. Honorable Mention: • Natchitoches Campus adds second practical nursing class and nursing student Heather Cummings delivered her neighbor’s baby.
• Natchitoches Campus opens advanced manufacturing facility representing a National Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education program administered by the National Association of Manufacturers.
• RoyOMartin sponsors associate’s degree for employees. • College wins Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce ‘Bizzy Award’ for ‘Best Curb Appeal.’ • Huey P. Long Campus adds second CAT Logging Simulator to forest technology program.
• CLTCC forms a fishing club and competes in our first-ever collegiate event. 2020 has truly been a memorable year. I have been constantly amazed by the resiliency of our students, faculty and staff. I can’t say enough how proud I am of each and every one of them. And we are so incredibly grateful for the support of our community. In 2020 everyone has been affected, including our business partners.
But through it all, they never wavered in their support for CLTCC and their investment in our students and community. They say that hard times bring out the best in people and we certainly have seen that this year. Thank you to all of our students, our faculty and staff and to the Central Louisiana community for your support in 2020. Looking at what we accomplished in 2020, we can’t wait to see what 2021 brings. For information about enrollment visit www.CLTCC.edu/apply. For more information, contact the school via email at email@example.com or call 800-278-9855. (MORE)