River Parishes Community College Foundation raises matching funds for Advanced Technology Center for worker training

After a successful fundraising campaign to meet a 12 percent match required for state funding, the River Parishes Community College will be getting an Advanced Technology Center on its campus that will train students in skilled trades.

The River Parishes Community College Foundation announced Thursday that, with the help of more than 30 individual, business and industry partners, it’s met a capital campaign goal of $1.1 million.

“These businesses and individuals have made a contribution to this project that will have great long-term effects on the workforce needs of the River Parishes,” Chancellor Dale Doty said in a news release.

The $9.2 million center will be built on River Parishes Community College’s new campus in the Edenborne development in Gonzales, with construction tentatively planned to begin in January 2015.

The center will provide training for welders, electricians, pipe fitters, millwrights, industrial carpenters, process operators and instrumentation technicians.

The $8.1 million for the project that will be provided by the state was legislated in 2013. The center in Gonzales is one of 24 facilities to be built in the state, for a total of approximately $245.5 million, to train workers to meet the workforce needs of Louisiana, according to River Parishes Community College.