Community college open in Winnfield

Officially now, it is the Louisiana Technical College Huey P. Long Campus, now alive and well in its new 65,000 square foot building on the west side of U.S. Highway 167, between the Winnfield Senior High School and the Ivan Smith Furniture, with a 285-vehicle parking lot alongside the south side of the Winnfield WalMart.

Originally opened in 1938 and named after Winnfield-born and raised Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, the institution operated as the Huey P. Long Trade School, training nurses, welders, mechanics, office workers, and others for work throughout the region.

Now officially a part of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College system, the Huey P. Long campus is still training nurses, welders, office workers and others, and has the new capability of offering community college courses allowing students to move on into the State's colleges and university system for degree programs, at a much reduced tuition cost for the entry level community college preparation.

Campus Dean Danny Keyes says the Huey P. Long Campus has a waiting list for the two popular programs for nursing and welding--fields which have an almost unlimited demand for qualified workers, at very good pay. Other programs include the business department, and building technology. On summer break at the moment, the school anticipates the next term to enroll 175 to 200 students from Winn and surrounding parishes, with capacity for up to 350 students.

Under discussion for addition to the curriculum is a course in logging equipment operation. (Separate story in this edition.)

The move to the new campus was made on May 11. Among the facilities at the new location is a multi-purpose meeting room capable of holding groups of up to 200. Dean Keyes said rates and rules for use by community groups are being developed now.