- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

WALKER, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish education and business leaders hope to break ground on a new community and technical college in Walker this year.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1NFiISz) the announcement came at a Thursday meeting of the Livingston Economic Development Council, which has been advocating for the campus.

In 2013, the Louisiana Legislature approved $5.1 in bond financing but demanded the local community kick in about $615,000 to pay for the project.

On Thursday, LEDC President Larry Collins said that money has been pledged, and construction could begin before the year is over, with classes starting in 2017.

The Livingston Parish School Board donated 12.3 acres to build the college, with school officials saying they needed a community college, since the parish does not currently have one.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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