LACOMBE, La. (WGNO) -- Students will soon be able to get a top notch college education without ever having to leave the North Shore.
Northshore Technical Community College is opening a consolidated campus in Lacombe, and construction crews are working hard to get it ready for students by January 2017.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Tina Tinney says administrators used research to find the most centralized location for the new school.
"It really is about student access and success, and I'm just really excited to be a part of it," she says. "Our institution is thrilled to be able to offer this to the community."
The first structure, a stem building, is one of three eventually planned for the campus. It'll offer programs ranging from coastal restoration to information technology. NTCC worked with area universities and K-12 partners to address the needs of the North Shore community.
Through partnerships with universities like UNO, students can complete their prerequisites close to home.
"Financially, logistically, students can come here and begin their academic careers and then transfer in those areas of stem to a four-year partner if they choose to do so," Tinney says.
It offers both credit and non-credit courses to re-train, up-train and cross-train in high-demand occupations.
The new campus is part of a larger development in the works, called "Tamanend." Eventually the area will also have residential, industrial, business and government entities.