Walker, LA. - Northshore Technical Community College hosted a celebration for Class of 2021 graduates on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at their Livingston Campus in Walker. Co-hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Livingston Center, the event was open to the community and included a hiring expo with more than 20 area businesses offering information and the opportunity to apply for employment in fields such as health care, industrial, manufacturing, distribution, culinary, and retail. Businesses that were on site included Ingalls Shipbuilding, Coca Cola, North Oaks Health System, University Medical Center, Martin Brower, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Weyerhauser, State Farm Insurance, Chick-fil-A, Raising Cane’s and more. These companies are seeking employees at all skill levels, from entry level to skilled trades and administration.
“The success of the Hiring Expo is an affirmation that our collective missions to educate and develop talent essential to the strength of our economy have never been more important,” said Dr. William S. Wainwright, Chancellor. “We are truly grateful to the community supporters, sponsors, and industry participants who made the combined Graduation Celebration and Hiring Expo a resounding success!!”
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to tour the NTCC campus in small groups to learn more about the programs that are offered and graduating seniors and recent graduates received graduation swag. NTCC faculty and staff were on hand to talk about the college’s two-year academic degree programs, workforce development training, and transfer pathways to universities, including Southeastern Louisiana University.
“This event was a true collaboration among business and industry, post-secondary and K-12 educators, Livingston Parish leaders, and the community at-large...all working to meet the needs of our parish, our region, and our State,” said NTCC’s Livingston Campus Dean, April Smith. “This event demonstrates what we do best: educate, collaborate, innovate, and cultivate to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's economy.”
NTCC offers 25 academic programs of study and numerous workforce development courses such as construction, welding, and electric line technology. The college awarded 36 student scholarships this year and more than 70% of university transfers are to Southeaster Louisiana University.
Sponsors and partners for the event included Number 1 Recruiters, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Parish Public Schools, and Work Ready U – a program of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.