ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The $5.3 million investment in renovation of South Louisiana Community College's Gulf Area campus represents a "new future for higher education in Vermilion Parish," college Chancellor Natalie Harder said this week in dedication ceremonies.

The Advocate reports ( ) the renovation was designed to permit the campus to offer more diverse technical programs.

The changes are part of an overhaul of community and technical college campuses in Louisiana. The Legislature authorized financing in 2007 to support 23 projects at 14 community and technical colleges.

To date, five campuses have undergone extensive renovations or new construction, said Stephen Smith, aLouisiana Community and Technical College System board member.


Information from: The Advocate,