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May 02, 2013
LAKE CHARLES – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal broke ground on Southwest Louisiana Community College’s new $8.8 million Nursing and Allied Health Building.
Governor Jindal said, “Since 2008, we’ve worked hard to improve campuses and learning environments for students across Louisiana because we know the community and technical college system is a critical pipeline for ensuring that we have highly skilled industry workers in Louisiana – including health care workers like nurses and techs who can help provide quality care for our people. The state committed $6 million to build this new facility because we know we need to meet the growing demand for a high-quality healthcare workforce in Southwest Louisiana and across our state. This new state-of-the-art building will provide students with the skills they need for bright futures in medicine right here at home.”
The new 35,000-square-foot building will house state-of-the-art technology and equipment, new lecture halls, labs and a digital media center.
The total cost of the new building is $8.8 million. This total includes $6 million in state funding, with $5.1 million committed during the Jindal Administration. The remaining $2.8 million is supported by the H.C. Drew Foundation in Lake Charles.
The building is expected to be completed in March 2014. Upon completion, the Nursing and Allied Health Building will allow Southwest Louisiana Community College to educate more nurses and allied health professionals, helping deliver stronger support for health care services in the Southwest Louisiana area.
Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across Louisiana, including more than $225 million at Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses.