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July 01, 2013

RPCC Foundation Begins Capital Campaign

The RPCC Foundation has begun a capital campaign to raise funds for the college’s Advanced Technology Center, a new building that will be constructed at the future site of RPCC’s new campus in the Edenborne Development in Gonzales.   

The RPCC Foundation is initially raising $900,000 in private funds for a match that will trigger the release of $8.1 million the Louisiana legislature has allocated to RPCC through Act 360.  After raising the $900,000 to receive the $8.1 million from the state, RPCC will continue to raise funds for the remaining costs of the Advanced Technology Center. 

RPCC’s Advanced Technology Center, which will replace its current technical campus on Airline Highway in Sorrento, will be built at the intersection of Highway 44 and Interstate 10 in what is referred to as Phase II construction.  Phase I construction, which is currently underway at the same site in the Edenborne Development, includes space for academic transfer programs and administrative offices. 

Sherrie Despino, President of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, stated, “River Parishes Community College is a life-line for our parish, and we understand the need for our college to have the ability to grow with each passing year.”

The construction of this facility is necessary to keep up with the incredible growth in the area.  In Ascension Parish alone, the labor force grew by nearly 30% between 2002 and 2012, according to the Ascension Economic Development Council (AEDC).  Since 2006, new or existing enterprises in Ascension Parish have announced over $6 billion of capital investment in AEDC-assisted projects.  These investments represent more than 2600 permanent jobs created over the same period.  These investment and employment numbers represent a small part of the overall increases in investment and employment in the larger community that RPCC serves.

The capital campaign has received its first contribution, with Atmos Energy sponsoring the first classroom on RPCC’s new campus.  For a list of sponsorships and naming opportunities for the new campus, contact Susie Johnson, Director of Development, at (225) 675-0251.

The completion of both phases of construction will represent the first time both the academic and technical programs will be housed in the same location since RPCC merged with Louisiana Technical College-Ascension Campus (LTC-A) in 2010.  These programs will also be housed on a campus that RPCC owns for the first time in RPCC history.  Both the academic and technical programs are currently housed in rented facilities.

For additional information on RPCC and its programs, call (225) 675-8270 or visit www.rpcc.edu.

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.