Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges

Baton Rouge, LA –  Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) was recently announced a semifinalist for the 2016 national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.

A national selection committee comprised of seven education and workforce leaders chose four semifinalists in each of the four categories: Student Readiness (high school senior), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer). Each of these categories represented a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.

The semifinalists comprised an impressive array of students, high schools, community colleges and businesses that exemplify efforts to advance college and career readiness for students, employees, and their communities.

Among 13 states chosen, Louisiana's CLTCC earned the semifinalist distinction for career preparedness.

“To be among these outstanding semifinalists is truly a remarkable honor for our community and college,” said Jimmy Sawtelle, CLTCC chancellor.  “It further validates that CLTCC students are prepared to succeed in today's workforce with the education and hands-on training provided.  Our mission is to train Cenla's workforce for high-demand, high-wage careers and connect these skilled workers with business and industry.  When we achieve these objectives, we have more graduates employed, higher wages, and a stronger economy, benefiting our entire community.”

CLTCC's successful career preparedness has doubled its dual enrollment program in the past year, with 1,100 regional high school students taking its college-level courses.

CLTCC prioritizes helping students find the right fit in courses and internships related to their career goals, by offering them individual attention from the college's employment specialist, requiring all students to complete ACT Career Ready 101, and take ACT WorkKeys assessments to gauge their progress and best career fit on their path to graduation and career advancement.

A single National Exemplar will be chosen from each of the four categories in June. The four National Exemplars will be announced and celebrated at the 2016 ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington where all semifinalists and state exemplars will be recognized.

To learn more about the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, visit their website.