WALKER – Dirt is already being delivered and moved around, but the official groundbreaking for the newest campus of Northshore Technical Community College Campus (NTCC) is 12 days away.

A host of local, parish and education officials are expected for the ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at 1160 Burgess Ave., Walker. 

“Certainly, we’re excited,” said Dr. William Wainwright, chancellor of the community college.

Wainwright called the addition of the Walker campus “an important project for the people and industry of Livingston Parish.”

NTCC offers workforce training, associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates to students, according to its website.

Cangelosi Ward General Contractors, of Baton Rouge, will be building the 20,000-square-foot building at a cost of $5.8 million.

A total of $700,000 of that cost was raised by the Livingston Economic Development Council, Livingston Tomorrow, parish officials and private businesses to show a local commitment to the campus.

The goal for the Walker campus is a fall 2019 opening, Wainwright said.

“We’re very fortunate to have the project manager we have; everything is on schedule,” he said.

Depending on the class schedule and programs to be offered, Wainwright estimated the campus could begin with 300 to 500 students.

“This is not counting those high school students who take advantage of the dual-enrollment program,” or a partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University, he said.

NTCC is not totally new to Livingston Parish; it now offers 20 courses at the Literacy and Technology Center on Florida Boulevard in Walker.

Classes began Aug. 15 in subjects ranging from math, algebra and English to sociology, criminal justice and Western civilization.

The Livingston Parish facility will be the fifth campus of Northshore Technical Community College in the Florida Parishes.

The other four are in Hammond, Greensburg, Lacombe, Bogalusa and Slidell.

NTCC also has instructional service centers in Pearl River and Hammond.

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