Legislator pushes for community college


Florida Parishes bureau

WALKER — State Rep. J. Rogers Pope said Tuesday night he hopes to see a community college operating in Livingston Parish two years from now.

A $5.2 million capital outlay request has been made to the state Legislature and has the support of lawmakers from Livingston and 11 other parishes in the region, the Republican from Denham Springs said.

The community college plans involve expanding the Literacy and Technology Center located on U.S. 190 in Walker.

The $5.2 million would be used to build a classroom building and a technical-training building, Pope told Citizens for Highways and Infrastructure in Livingston Parish.

An architect already has drawn the plans, he said.

The project has the backing of parish and municipal officials, business people, other community colleges and Southeastern Louisiana University, Pope told the citizens’ group.

“We want to get something started as soon as we can,” the legislator said.

The plan to have the community college in operation in two years is realistic, Pope said after the meeting.

The Livingston Parish School Board, which owns the land, supports the project, he said.

The capital outlay request was made by the Livingston Economic Development Council, Pope told the group.

“We’ve got something going,” he said. “We’ll see where it goes.

“It’s going to be good for kids. It’s going to be good for the community. It’s going to be good for the whole parish,” Pope said.