RPCC Foundation plans new technology center

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Construction continues on Tuesday at the new River Parishes Community College site. Phase I of the project includes space for the college’s academic transfer programs and administrative offices.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Construction continues on Tuesday at the new River Parishes Community College site. Phase I of the project includes space for the college’s academic transfer programs and administrative offices.

The River Parishes Community College Foundation’s capital campaign to raise funds for the college’s Advanced Technology Center is underway.

Plans call for the new building to be constructed at the future site of RPCC’s new campus in the Edenborne Development in Gonzales, a news release from the college says.

The RPCC Foundation is raising $900,000 in private funds to trigger the release of $8.1 million the Louisiana legislature has allocated to RPCC. After raising the $900,000 to receive the $8.1 million from the state, RPCC will continue to raise funds for the remaining costs of the Advanced Technology Center, the release says.

RPCC’s Advanced Technology Center, which will replace its technical campus on U.S. 61 in Sorrento, is scheduled to be built at La. 44 and Interstate 10 as part of the Phase II of the project. Phase I, which is underway at the same site in the Edenborne Development, includes space for the college’s academic transfer programs and administrative offices.

Sherrie Despino, president and CEO of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce called the college “a life-line for our parish.”

“We understand the need for our college to have the ability to grow with each passing year,” she said.

The construction of the facility is necessary to keep up with the area’s industrial and business growth, the release says.

In Ascension Parish alone, the labor force grew by nearly 30 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to the Ascension Economic Development Council.

The capital campaign received its first contribution from Atmos Energy, which funded one classroom.

For a list of sponsorships and naming opportunities for the new campus, call Susie Johnson, director of development, at (225) 675-0251.

For additional information on RPCC and its programs, call (225) 675-8270.