BRCC to boost training opportunities at Central satellite campus following LCTCS’ $6.9M buy of property

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System has purchased the Baton Rouge Community College’s satellite campus location on Hooper Road in Central for more than $6.9 million, a move BRCC officials say will increase training offerings.

“The coolest part of this is it’s going to allow us to house a 30-foot tall glycol unit indoors onsite,” says BRCC Special Assistant for Media Relations Steven Mitchell. “That will be a big addition to our PTEC [Process Technology] program, because it will allow our students to have hands-on experience with fully operational plant equipment.”

BRCC had been leasing the 50,000-square-foot facility at 10700 Hooper Road, which sits on 8.7 acres, since July 2013. The campus has been offering classes since fall 2013. Along with the PTEC program enhancements, BRCC is planning to increase its electrical training program offerings at the Central campus, as well as expand some general education options.

“It’s an awesome facility, and the size makes it ideal for our PTEC program,” Mitchell says. “It just kind of takes your breath away to walk in there and see all that training space.”

The LCTCS Facilities Corporation purchased the facility and the land it sits on from Highlander Central, a limited liability company domiciled in Livingston Parish and represented by its manager, Todd Rader, according to sales documents. The LCTCS Board of Directors OK’d the purchase at its Feb. 19 meeting. BRCC is one of 13 community and technical colleges for which LCTCS provides strategic management and support for.

—Steve Sanoski

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