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Technical Community College bill passes Senate

by David Specht

BATON ROUGE — House Bill 89, Rep. Wayne McMahen’s bill to allow Northwest Louisiana Technical College to become a technical community college, passed the Louisiana Senate 63-0 Monday.  

The bill is the first step in a long process to bring community college status to NWLTC. 

House Bill No. 89 provides an expansion of NWLTC’s mission and educational program, including providing an educational program that meets the needs of the students and communities. It authorizes the college to grant certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and associate transfer degrees. It requires the board of supervisors and regents to work closely with the appropriate accrediting body to ensure that the institution and all programs offered are fully accredited.

HB89 was amended on the Senate floor, and now heads back to the House for concurrence in what Director Earl Meador said is a “formality.” On concurred, it will head to the governor’s desk for his signature. 

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