Natchioches, LA (KMSS) — Northwestern State University and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College signed an agreement that allows CLTCC faculty and staff to take classes at Northwestern State at a reduced tuition rate. The CLTCC employees must be degree-seeking full-time employees who meet standard admission requirements to Northwestern State. Under the agreement, CLTCC employees may register for up to six credit hours per semester of undergraduate and graduate courses.
The agreement makes is easier for faculty at CLTCC to obtain the higher education credentials that CLTCC employees must complete in order to meet requirements set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS is the organization that ensures the quality and effectiveness of its member institutions.
The agreement is valid for CLTCC faculty and staff who work at campuses in Alexandria, Cottonport, Winnfield, Jena, Leesville, Oakdale and Ferriday. CLTCC faculty and staff will be able to utilize any of Northwestern State’s 36 accredited online degree programs.
“We are delighted to be able to partner with CLTCC on this initiative. The work that the college does is very important to Northwestern as this provides another avenue for Louisiana’s students to be served,” said Dr. Lisa Abney, provost and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. Individual programs, such as engineering technology, are also working with area technical colleges to create advantageous agreements, she added.
CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Rodney Ellis said Northwestern State’s online programs are a convenient option for instructors in rural areas that allow them to obtain credentials they need without having to drive a significant distance.
“CLTCC services nine parishes from Texas to Mississippi,” Ellis said. “This expedites opportunities for our faculty.”
Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb said the agreement opens up the opportunity for more collaboration with CLTCC that could benefit faculty and students seeking two- and four-year degrees through articulation agreements and partnerships.