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New facility groundbreaking at Fletcher Technical College

Posted: Updated: Jan 8, 2013 04:22 PM

BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the groundbreaking of a new facility at Fletcher Technical Community College Tuesday to train offshore oil and gas workers.

The new BP Integrated Production Technologies (IPT) facility will be located next to BP's Houma Operations Learning Center, and will include a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art training laboratory, classrooms and offices for the oil and gas program.

The total cost of the project is $8 million and includes the building, designer fees, surveying and other construction details. The $5.2 million building is being funded in part through a $4 million donation made by BP to the Fletcher Foundation.

The donation is being matched by the state, and a cash line of credit for the match was approved by the Louisiana State Bond Commission. The property for the building was acquired through a $2.7 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) committed by the Jindal Administration in 2009.

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