Baton Rouge, La. - Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its commitment to tuition affordability, access to academic and workforce training, and workforce development. In a unanimous vote at its monthly meeting, the Board approved a recommendation to maintain the current 2016-2017 tuition and mandatory fees schedule for the 2017-2018 academic school year.
"I commend Dr. Monty Sullivan and the LCTCS Board for their work in continuing to provide a quality education without an increase in tuition or fees for the second year in a row," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "Our community colleges provide an opportunity for our citizens to get the training and credentials they need to acquire good paying jobs. It helps the state on many fronts including, more opportunities for more people, addressing the workforce needs of industry and improving our state's economy."
"Now more than ever, our state needs more highly trained and skilled employees to meet workforce demands and to address revenue challenges," said LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Hardy. "To do so, we must serve and graduate more students. Today's action reinforces our messaging to all citizens of Louisiana that regardless of background or educational attainment, two-year colleges provide affordable and viable pathways to good paying careers. Likewise, it provides current students with the security of knowing that their tuition and mandatory fees will not change for the upcoming academic year."
"Assuring that two-year community and technical colleges are accessible to as many students as possible is our primary responsibility," said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan. "As such, we must ensure that we provide a level of predictability when it comes to the cost of tuition. We are conscious of the impact of high tuition on our most vulnerable population and we will continue to strive to remove financial barriers and create new viable career pathways for the citizens of Louisiana."
About Louisiana's community and technical colleges:
Last year, Louisiana's community and technical colleges served and provided instruction to over 131,000 students, transferred over 15,000 students to four-year institutions across the country, and graduated 28,853 students -- the largest graduating class in the system's history. Our colleges have earned a national reputation as colleges of excellence and as shining examples of efficiency and productivity. In 2016, Lumina Foundation, one of the nation's most respected educational and philanthropic organizations, commissioned that Louisiana has the highest percentage in the nation of working-age adults who hold a high-quality post-secondary certificate and that the state's overall degree attainment rate improved from 48th to 26th in the nation.