LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Less than $23,000 stands between South Louisiana Community College's goal of raising more than $2 million for its new $17 million health sciences building.

The project is part of more than $250 million in planned Louisiana Community and Technical College System projects approved by the Legislature in 2013 — with the caveat that the colleges raise a percentage of construction costs on their own. SLCC had to raise 12 percent of its project's cost.

Christine Payton, SLCC public relations director, tells The Advocate plans to start construction of the health sciences building in 2015 are still on track with the state Bond Commission's approval of the project on Thursday.

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