During the 2013 Legislative session, the Louisiana Legislature passed SB 204, a statewide facilities initiative that will improve Louisiana’s Community and Technical College facilities, providing increased training capacity and opportunities for students, business and industry in both rural and urban areas across the state. Signed into law by Governor Jindal, ACT 360 provides $252 million in new campus facilities for community and technical colleges statewide. A private match requirement of 12% will bring the total to $286 million. This means that community and technical colleges must raise $34.3 million in private support from community partners to fund their projects.
- The legislation authorizes the financing and construction of 29 projects which include 25 workforce projects, 3 one stop student testing, career and service centers, and one safety related project.
- ACT 360 will provide construction for 13 rural campuses, representing 45 percent of the 29 projects, including the communities of Lacombe, Winnsboro, Jonesboro, Jennings, Minden, Schriever, Ruston, Livingston Parish, Reserve, Morgan City, Avondale and Tallulah.
- Sixteen of the projects will be constructed in urban areas, including Alexandria, Monroe, Bossier City, Gonzales, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Chalmette, and Jefferson Parish.