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    October 24, 2016

    NLEP and NWLTC Join Forces with Private Sector to Enhance Training



    MINDEN
    , LA  ̶   Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) and North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) joined forces with private sector companies to enhance training for skilled trades in North Louisiana.  Greenlee, an industrial and electrical tool company headquartered in Rockford, IL, installed a world-class NWLTC/Green Apple Lab at NWLTC - Minden Campus. Red Ball Oxygen, headquartered in Shreveport, LA, along with Miller Electric and Lincoln Electric, also provided welding equipment at an education discount for NWLTC’s new welding program at its Minden campus. Both learning labs were unveiled as part of NWLTC’s Grand Opening at its Workforce Development Center October 26, 2016 at the Minden Campus.
     
    “The mission of Northwest Louisiana Technical College is to provide the citizens of northwest Louisiana with opportunities for educational, economic, professional, and personal development,” said Dianne Clark, Interim Director, Northwest LTC. “This new facility represents the best use of our resources to enable us to work collaboratively with community, business, education, economic, and nonprofit partners."
     
    Through partnerships with Greenlee, Red Ball Oxygen Company, Miller Electric, and Lincoln Electric, the NWLTC Workforce Development Center is now equipped with state-of-the art electrical and welding training equipment.  The facility provides a combination of customizable classroom, lab, and conference space designed to provide multi-purpose functionality. 
     
    “Partnerships with companies like Greenlee, a former NLEP client, and with Red Ball Oxygen, an NLEP investor, help elevate the quality of our workforce training programs and enhance North Louisiana’s industrial workforce pipeline,” said Scott Martinez, CEcD, NLEP President.  “A quality workforce makes North Louisiana an even more desirable place for new companies to locate and allows existing manufacturers to expand.”
     
    NLEP, an Accredited Regional Economic Development Organization, recruited Greenlee to visit the region in 2014. North Louisiana’s workforce made a lasting impression.  Two years later, the company returned to the region with the vision of creating its first Green Apple Lab housed at a technical college. Greenlee and Green Apple Lab are trademarks of Greenlee Textron Inc. NLEP helped facilitate Greenlee’s discussions with higher education and workforce partners.
     
    “We were so impressed with North Louisiana’s workforce and the working relationships between economic development, workforce and higher education partners,” said Steve Lehr, Director, Greenlee Vocational Business Development.  “The region understands the importance of a trained workforce in skilled trades. The NWLTC/Green Apple Lab, powered by Greenlee®, will help train workers for the electrical fields while benefiting local employers and improving skill levels and wages.” 
     
    The NWLTC/Green Apple Lab will complement NWLTC’s current curriculums, providing hands-on learning for the electrical trade. Students can earn accredited certificates in the skilled trades, including the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Electrician Level 1, 2, and 3 and Technical Studies as well as a Technical Diploma in Commercial Wiring.
     
    In addition, Greenlee’s partnership with National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) allows students to earn stackable and transportable industry certifications that are recognized across the nation.  Students enrolled in Commercial Wiring, Industrial Electrician, and Industrial Instrumentation will also benefit from the versatility and comprehensiveness covered in the NWLTC/Green Apple Lab.
     
    Next door is a multi-purpose welding training space with equipment provided by Red Ball Oxygen, Miller Electric, and Lincoln Electric at an educational discount.  Red Ball has been a driving force behind new welding training programs throughout North Louisiana. The company was instrumental in the development of Bossier Parish Community College’s Advanced Welding program and its Advanced Welding Classroom and Learning Lab.
     
    “Skilled welders are in critical shortage and this initiative represents a concrete step in the right direction,” said Bob Ewing, President, Red Ball Oxygen Company.  “We applaud NWLTC and NLEP for their leadership, and we’ll continue support those who provide welding education.   We’re also proud to represent our manufacturer partners, Miller Electric and Lincoln Electric, who provided deep discounts to support this essential project.  It takes a team to make an impact, and North Louisiana has a good one.” 
       
    The Workforce Development Center represents the final phase of new construction for NWLTC - Minden campus.  The 6,800 square-foot center supports the College’s mission to meet the needs of North Louisiana’s workforce and regional employers.
     
    "The new Workforce Development Center will not only be advantageous for business and industry in our region it is also going to give our current students new hands-on skill sets that they would not otherwise receive thanks to the partnerships developed with Greenlee and Red Ball Oxygen and its manufacturing partners," said Scott Price, Interim Dean, Northwest LTC - Minden Campus.
     
    About North Louisiana Economic Partnership
    North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14 parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management. The organization also represents the interests of North Louisiana with a unified voice and as a single point of contact. It acts as a catalyst, a convener, and a connector in the region to ensure that North Louisiana’s economic development potential is realized. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.
     
    About Northwest Louisiana Technical College
    Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. Northwest LTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges.
     
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