Northshore Community College is expanding in Livingston Parish.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, announced on Aug. 9 the development of new facility at the Northshore Technical Community College Advanced Technology Center in Livingston Parish.

The facility will enhance innovative workforce training supporting emerging technologies in the health sciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors, a news release said.

The 20,000-square-foot building will be a multi-use training facility supported by business and industry.

“We know that the demand for well-trained and skilled workers will expand as business opportunities in Livingston Parish expand, which is why this new facility is going to be integral to the future economic development of this area,” Edwards said at the announcement. “I am very proud of Dr. Sullivan and the LCTCS system for their work in making this a reality. It is the kind of investment in our students and communities that will pay off in more ways than one for generations to come.”

Industry contributors like Ferrara Fire Apparatus and public partnerships such as Livingston Economic Development, Livingston Tomorrow, Livingston Parish Government and Livingston Parish Schools have resulted in a project match of $699,000 to support the new campus, the release said.

"This new campus will provide access to life-changing academic and workforce training for those who need it the most,” said Sullivan. “We are grateful to Gov. Edwards for his continued commitment to and investment in workforce opportunities for the people of Louisiana."

The new campus will provide education and training programs that will support existing high school dual enrollment programs, customized training programs supportive of business and industry, and transfer programs in partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University. A 2010 study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems commissioned by the Louisiana Board of Regents indicated the need for investments in higher education and workforce training infrastructure in Livingston Parish to satisfy current and future demands for workforce development.

Northshore Technical Community College has a history of providing workforce training and academic pathways to regional universities for the greater Northshore region, the new release said. The 2010 National Center for Higher Education Management Study acknowledged the increasing demand on the Northshore for higher education infrastructure specific to the fields of STEM, and results led to the legislation to establish state-of-the-art facilities in Lacombe and Walker. In 2015, NTCC was recognized by the Brookings Institution as the first in the nation for economic value of its graduates.