On July 1, 2012, South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) merged with Acadiana Technical College (ATC), making it one of Louisiana’s largest, most comprehensive community colleges. Governor Bobby Jindal made the merger official when he signed it into law. Academic offerings today include technical diplomas, workforce training, high school dual enrollment and two-year degree programs that transfer to four-year universities.
SLCC, established in 1997, was created as a public, two-year institution of higher learning with campuses in Lafayette and New Iberia. Upon its inception, SLCC was a member of the University of Louisiana System. In 1999, it joined other community and technical colleges in the state as part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
SLCC’s first chancellor was Dr. Ned Doffoney. He served from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Doris Chretien served as interim chancellor until Dr. Jan Brobst was hired as chancellor in 2002. Current Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder assumed the responsibilities as the SLCC chancellor in 2011, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Brobst, who retired in 2010. Harder also served as interim director of ATC following the retirement of Dr. Phyllis Dupuis, a longtime ATC administrator and interim SLCC chancellor.
Louisiana’s present day Technical College System began in 1930. Funding for the first school was provided by local citizens in response to their desire to expand course offerings of the local school system to include training in automotive mechanics and woodworking. Louisiana’s technical college campuses serve more than 60,000 daytime, extension (evening), and industry students. Since 1999, Louisiana’s technical colleges have been governed by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. LCTCS comes under the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education.
The mission of the LCTCS is to improve the quality of life of the state’s citizens through educational programs offered through its colleges. LCTCS strives to increase the opportunities for Louisiana’s workforce to succeed through skills training programs. And, it works to provide citizens the opportunity to learn continuously. LCTCS is committed to teaching what is needed, when it is needed, and where it is needed within available resources.