South Louisiana Community College’s Acadian campus in Crowley will hold an informational session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday about its new energy and chemical process technology associate degree program.

The program prepares graduates for jobs in the energy and chemical production industries.

“The new degree program addresses a major job skill shortage in Louisiana and the region, which involves the training of technicians and operators skilled in process monitoring, control and operation,” said Barbara Benson, program coordinator. “It is an excellent educational framework to educate students in both traditional and nontraditional energy and chemical process systems.”

The college began an 18-month alternative energy technician technical diploma training program last year at the Crowley campus and, due to industry needs, created an associate degree program that launched this fall.

“It’s really what the industry prefers,” Benson said of the associate of science degree students receive upon their completion of the program.

Eight students are currently enrolled in the degree program. More students are needed to meet workforce demands of the region, Benson said.

The program prepares students for jobs as alternative energy and/or chemical process operators or technicians. Students will receive hands-on experience at the CLECO Alternative Energy Center, located near the Acadian campus.

“This is an exciting career opportunity that is currently not available to this rural, agricultural region,” Benson said. “We look forward to enrolling more students and getting them on the path to high-wage jobs.”

Interested students may contact the Acadian campus at (337) 788-7521 or by email at Acadian@solacc.edu.