SLCC tries to meet workforce needs

South Louisiana Community College plans town hall meetings in the communities it serves to gain ideas on how it can partner with business and residents to meet workforce needs.

The first of several meetings is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall in Ville Platte.

The community college’s program offerings are continually evaluated to make sure they are meeting the needs of industry, said Willie Smith, SLCC’s vice chancellor for business and industry.

“We want to meet with parish leaders and business partners to find ways to work together and make sure our graduates are filling workforce demands,” Smith said in a news release.

The college recently joined with hospitals and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority to create a program in Lafayette in which an associate’s degree in registered nursing can be earned in two-years.

Natalie Harder, SLCC chancellor, will discuss the nursing program partnership and provide campus updates during each meeting.

Upcoming meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at:

Aug. 27: New Iberia campus, 609 Ember Drive, New Iberia.

Sept. 3: Gulf Area campus, 1301 Clover Street, Abbeville.

Sept. 17: La Maison Duchamp, 110 S. Main St., St. Martinville.

Oct. 1: Acadian campus, 1933 W. Hutchinson Drive, Crowley.

Oct. 24: T.H. Harris campus, 332 E. South St., Opelousas.