PTEC Graduates Supported by St. Bernard Parish's Community Development Block Grant
Twenty-seven Students Earn Technical Competency Areas or Associate of Applied Science Degrees
Twenty-seven students who were supported by grant-funding from St. Bernard Parish completed either a Technical Competency Area credential or an Associate of Applied Science degree from Nunez Community College in Industrial Technology (PTEC) in May 2015. These 27 students were supported financially by St. Bernard Parish's Community Development Block Grant, and were enrolled in either the traditional or Fast Track PTEC programs. Process Technology is a high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand profession with beginning salaries of $50,000 to $70,000 annually. PTEC positions involve working in manufacturing or processing facilities, and many positions are available locally.
For many students in the PTEC Fast Track program who are career-changers, enrolling at Nunez as a full-time student meant that they had to leave their jobs in other fields to make this commitment to their education. The grant support the students received allowed them to concentrate on their studies while receiving financial support; creating new opportunity for students like Aaron Williams. Previously employed as a marine electrician at a local shipyard, Williams decided to enter the PTEC program at Nunez in order to gain job security. "The reason I got into this program in January was because of the opportunity. It's rare these days to be able to get into a job that you can have for more than five years, so the chance to get training for a career that I could have for 15 to 25 years, that's the kind of opportunity I was looking for," he said. Williams graduated with honors in May.
This investment by St. Bernard Parish in students at Nunez Community College supports the College's mission of serving the local area and preparing students to meaningful careers in high-demand fields. Nunez Community College is a comprehensive community college offering more than 17 academic programs, including specialized training and continuing education courses; and has recently been named one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation by the Community College Times. More information is available online at www.nunez.edu.