Northshore Technical Community College plans to build a new campus in Lacombe for science, technology, math and engineering studies and training as part of an expansion in St. Tammany Parish, school officials said this week.
Meanwhile, the college this summer will launch a program for students to take basic courses in Mandeville before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana University under a partnership between the two schools. That program, called "Connect to Success,'' is taking on new studentsas Delgado Community College phases out and closes its Covington campus.
"Bottom line, what we're doing is we're expanding access for students, which is why it's so important that we're here in St. Tammany Parish," said Northshore Technical Community College Chancellor William Wainwright. "If you look at national data on two-year college students, when you get 20 miles outside of their commuting radius, their chances of degree completion become reduced."
In 2011, state lawmakers voted to expand the mission of Northshore Technical from a workforce training and certification-based school to a full-fledged community college. Its main campus is in Bogalusa, but the school also has a presence in Hammond, Greensburg and Slidell.