Governor John Bel Edwards pays special visit to Northeast Louisiana

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Delta Community College is getting an upgrade. Pretty soon, a thirty thousand square foot facility is being added to the school.

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"The expansion on the building is great for our program
and we're going to benefit by having extra space," says Charles Stevenson, process technology instructor.

Charles Stevenson is an instructor delta, and he has a lot
more to look forward to than just space.

"We're getting precision technology equipment, instrumentation equipment, something manufacturing companies are in need of," says Stevenson.

with so many companies like Graphic Packaging setting up shop in Monroe some say the project couldn't come at a better time.

Governor John Bel Edwards says the 8.2 million dollar facility is more
than a spending venture, it's an investment.

"Two-thirds of people need education and training and skill
certification beyond high school to be successful now, that doesn't happen by magic, it happens through strategic investments, and that's what we're doing here," says Edwards.

For Edwards, it's about creating a better quality of life and for Stevenson it's about a creating a future.

"Being able to provide a better workforce for the Northeast Louisiana area," says Stevenson.

Governor Edwards also made a stop at Delta's campus in Tallulah, which is also getting a brand new work force development center.

The two point million dollar facility is being added to the existing vocational school and will provide training in areas like accounting, welding, and patient care.

There's a high demand for these jobs in Northeast Louisiana, but employers are looking for workers who have the skills.

Officials hope the forty eight thousand square foot building will provide
all the required training, so folks can get to work.

"It's just time for us to upgrade and get where our students are training on the latest technologies and are ready to get in that workforce and earn those great incomes," says Dennis Epps, Chancellor of Delta Community College.

Both campuses have secured funding for these projects, but no word yet on when construction will begin.