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May 26, 2016

RPCC and Partner joins up for Workforce Experience

Brittany Cannon and Josh LeBlanc of Lift Tech join River Parishes Community College at the Capitol during Workforce Experience day to explain mobile crane operation and training.
Brittany Cannon and Josh LeBlanc of Lift Tech join River Parishes Community College at the Capitol during Workforce Experience day to explain mobile crane operation and training.
Glen Duncan

Gonzales -   Recently, Louisiana’s community colleges met up at the Capitol to inform legislators of their role, abilities and innovations in helping educate and train the technical workforce of today and tomorrow.

 River Parishes Community College arrived with a very big model of a crane and a unique business partner, a Gonzales company called Lift Tech.

 Josh LeBlanc, the company’s founder and CEO had a need. His company specializes in all things about cranes:  operator training and certification, crane inspection and certification, accident investigation and above all helping his clients get their expensive, heavy lifting jobs done on time and in budget.  LeBlanc needed help training and certifying crane operators.

 He found a willing and very able partner in RPCC. Now the college and the company have combined to conduct mobile crane operator training and certification courses – to incredible results.  Nearly 100-percent of all their graduates are employed in very high-paying jobs and are actively operating very sophisticated, expensive and large cranes.

 Bruce Waguespack, Ph.D., is the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development at RPCC and holds this program up as the reality of the future for RPCC and Louisiana’s community colleges.

 “The only true way to know our state’s workforce needs is to ask and listen. We ask first ‘What are your goals? What do you need?’ Then and only then can we pull together all the resources necessary to meet that need,” Waguespack said. “The other reality is we can’t do it alone, our partners are ultimately part of those resources. The idea is to create programs where our students achieve their dreams, and our partners get a return on their investment.”

 The partnership means RPCC manages all enrollment, tuition, and documentation and provides a facility to learn. Lift Tech provided the crane, designed the outdoor training course, and provides instructors.

  “This is great for us,” LeBlanc said.  Industries up and down the river are looking to their regional educators as potential partners. We’re just glad RPCC was so willing and able.”

 River Parishes Community College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow through specific skill training and providing transferrable courses and curricula leading to certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communi­ties to provide programs for personal, professional and academic growth.







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.