|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.
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
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
“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.