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RPCC Newsroom
July 21, 2011

RPCC Signs Land Purchase Agreement

River Parishes Community College is excited to announce the signing of a purchase agreement to acquire land for a new campus.  RPCC signed an agreement to purchase 43 acres at the Gonzales/Burnside exit of Interstate 10. 


The site of RPCC’s new campus will be located five miles away from RPCC’s current main and Technical Education Center (TEC) campuses in Sorrento and will eventually house both the technical and general education programs.  Following the first phase of construction the new campus will house all of RPCC’s general education classes, as well as some of the technical classes.


RPCC Chancellor Dr. Joe Ben Welch stated that the purchase agreement and new campus are visible signs of RPCC’s growth and long term commitment to the region.  “Our enrollment has been growing by double digit percentages, and with the addition of the technical campus last year, so have our programs,” said Dr. Welch.  “The new campus is another signal to the community that we are growing with it.”


The final purchase is contingent on Edenborne Development Company’s installation of the necessary infrastructure.  Once the infrastructure is in place, RPCC expects to have its new $19 million campus ready by April 2014.


Funding for the new property and campus comes from three sources: a two million dollar Board of Regents grant, a $19 million state bond sale that covers the construction costs of the initial buildings, and an RPCC capital fund campaign that will finance any future improvements to RPCC’s campus and facilities.


RPCC’s technical campus on Airline Highway in Sorrento will remain open until funding and construction on all buildings for the technical programs is completed.



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River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.