The Louisiana Community and Technical College system had another record setting year in 2015-16. Collectively, 28,853 students graduated from a community and technical college, up over 6000 from the prior year. LCTS president Monty Sullivan says it's great to see students that are completing programs in high demand fields.

"This means folks are able to go to work and earn a living and take care of their families," said Sullivan.

The WISE fund was created in 2014. It allocates $40 million dollars to higher ed in Louisiana, and $12 million to two-year colleges. Sullivan says dollars from the WISE fund and private company matches were instrumental in getting them to the numbers they've seen the past year.
"Between the WISE fund and the industry partner funding, we were able to see increases across all of our colleges and in those high demand fields," said Sullivan.
Graduates from across Louisiana earned credentials in programs that are critical economic drivers such as computer science, process technology, construction crafts, engineering technology, industrial production, allied health, manufacturing and accounting.