The end of the 2013 legislative session brought some good news to everyone over at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC). On Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed Senate Bill 204 into law. That bill known as the "Facilities with a Purpose" bill, will improve Louisiana's community and technical college facilities.
This now means SLCC can now move forward with building a brand new, $17 million health and sciences building. The new facility will be located on their Lafayette campus and be home to several programs including their Early College Academy and their new registered nursing program.
This news couldn't have come at a better time. According to SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder, when she put an announcement about the new R. N program on Facebook, every six minutes for 10 hours SLCC had a request from someone on how to register for the program.
Harder says currently there are hundreds of students waiting to enter into these types of medical programs. SB 204 authorizes financing and construction on 28 other projects throughout the state, totaling over $250 million.
Construction on the new health and sciences building should begin in 2015.