South Louisiana Community College is about $22,000 away from matching $15 million provided by the state of Louisiana for construction of that college's new health and sciences building.

SLCC spokesperson Christine Payton said demand for the school's RN nursing program has created a need for the new building, which will house the allied health program and the Early College Academy.

"Healthcare is a driver of our economy throughout Acadiana," Payton said. "There is such a need here in Lafayette alone for RN's."

"We're busting at the seams here in Lafayette," Payton added.

Payton said the community is seeing the value of a community college and the training it provides that help meet workforce demands.

Classes at SLCC start Aug. 18. Call 521-9000 for more information about registering classes.

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