Jeff Johnson Walks Rotary Through Occupational Education Opportunities For CLTCC

May 31st, 2023 Meeting 

“CLTCC [Central Louisiana Technical Community College] currently has five campuses,” according
to Jeff Johnson, Rotarian and CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus Dean. They include the Main Campus with the
McArthur Extension Campus in Alexandria, the Ferriday Campus in Concordia Parish, the Rod Brady
Campus in Jena, Ward H. Nash Campus in Avoyelles Parish, and our own Huey P. Long Campus.

CLTCC is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. While admission requirements
vary by program; students must have a high school diploma or pass the High School Equivalency Test
[HiSET], and attain a minimum score on the ACT or SAT, depending on the applicant’s field of study. The HiSET review course is offered on the Huey P. Long campus. Students may take general education
courses while taking the HiSET review, which is free to the public. A night class for the HiSET is to be
offered in the Allen Building downtown.

One may take a two-year course in Business Office Administration, Forest Technology, Practical Nursing and Welding Technology at the Huey P. Long Campus. Any high school FFA student who enrolls in the Forest Technology program receives a $500 scholarship.

The Practical Nursing program is currently able to admit 40 students each fall, and a Rapides Foundation grant has enabled HPL to begin an evening class with 24 students. The evening class takes an additional semester to complete.

The welding technology program admits about 40 students per semester. “We have a lot of
partners in the welding program who help provide the supplies needed by the students,” according to
Mr. Johnson.

Dual enrollment in welding technology is available for qualifying high school students. The Huey
Long Campus also offers a one-year patient care technician program, which may also be a dual
enrollment program. Mr. Johnson also noted tuition and suppl assistance available to CLTCC students
from the WIOA program through the Workforce Development office.

Jumpstart programs for high school students in the summers are offered in welding technology
and emergency medical response technology, with ten students in each program. The students may be
paid to attend the programs and will receive college credit for their attendance if they complete the

Certification courses available at the Huey P. Long campus include a commercial driver’s license
training, EMT, motor vehicle inspection training, basic life support, and national forklift operation.

Jeff Johnson, dean of the Huey P. Long Campus CLTCC, detailed to Rotary an impressive range of programs offered by the local campus.  Above, he answers a few questions from incoming club president Kim Futrell.