ST. MARTINVILLE, La (KLFY) – In St. Martin Parish, students attending South Louisiana Community College are getting adjusted to a brand new building.
Students have already started taking classes at the new SLCC campus in St. Martinville which is located right off of Main Highway in St. Martinville.
School officials will officially cut the ribbon to the campus Wednesday morning.
The 36,000 square ft. building has a price tag of more than $9 million.
“Moving out here gives more opportunity for growth, also gives our students more accesibility to the campus,” explains Christine Payton, Director of Communications and Marketing for SLCC.
Payton says unlike the former campus on Martin Luther King Dr., all programming is now housed under one roof.
“We have updated nursing labs here, we have a brand new welding shop with brand new welding booths here, we also have new to this campus is an adult education program that we haven’t had before,” said Payton.
Payton says the new building also features state of the art equipment and technology to suit student’s needs. Advancements that nursing student, Erin Guidry, says make it an environment conducive to learning.
“It’s a lot more like a hospital setting compared to a classroom setting,” said Guidry. “Here we have modern things on the wall that would be easier to train with when you go to the hospital setting.”
Guidry says this new campus was definitely long overdue.
“We’ve moved out of the stone age for sure,” said Guidry. “We have lovely warm running water, air-conditioning that works, and lights that work, so it’s a nice environment compared to where we were by a long shot.”
Just over 100 students are already enrolled at the new campus and Payton says they hope to continue to grow the enrollment as they open the door to new educational opportunities.
The ribbon cutting will be held at the college Wednesday at 10 a.m.