CLTCC moves forward through partnerships that benefit all stakeholders, attracting students for CLTCC and transfer students for other schools and creating a pipeline of skilled workers for the transportation industry. Such a pipeline boosts the regional and state economy, while a pathway between two institutions and their programs shortens the time it takes to complete a degree, reduces related expenses and gets individuals in the workforce more quickly.

Nonprofit partners include:


The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is an organization that consists of economic development entities from Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes. Its mission to help people prosper in “vibrant, thriving communities” aligns with CLTCC’s mission to provide a skilled workforce, educate the community and boost economic development.


The Rapides Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops initiatives and provides grants to organizations that share the Foundation's mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. The Rapides Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy behaviors; Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status; and Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.
The Rapides Foundation created The Orchard Foundation to work with schools, businesses and communities to improve educational opportunities in Central Louisiana. The Orchard Foundation administers many of the programs developed under The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative.
“Through its Economic Development Initiative, The Rapides Foundation has a goal to build a cohesive and effective workforce development system that meets the demands of employers, has the capacity to quickly respond to change, and provides training for high-wage jobs,” said Joe Rosier, President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation. “We look at our partnership with CLTCC as key in meeting that goal. CLTCC’s workforce skills and development training gives Central Louisiana a more highly skilled workforce, which attracts better jobs for all income levels and generates more wealth in our communities.”

The Rapides Parish School District

The Rapides Parish School District is the largest school district in Central Louisiana. It serves about 24,000 students at more than 50 schools in both rural and urban areas. CLTCC partners with the School Board and district administration to offer dual enrollment courses and give students a head start on college. They can earn industry-based credentials, hone skills and complete credit hours before they graduate from high school. They can seamlessly transition to CLTCC to finish a diploma or degree program.

Louisiana State University of Alexandria

Louisiana State University of Alexandria is a public undergraduate university in the heart of Central Louisiana. It is a unit of the LSU System and operates under the Louisiana Board of Regents. An articulation agreement allows CLTCC students to transfer credits for some courses from the two-year institution to LSUA. They can transfer LSUA credits in English, biology, math, history, speech and other general education courses earned at the community college to equivalent university courses.

LSUA Chancellor Dan Howard said the articulation agreement between LSUA and CLTTC removes barriers to students' education.

"Rather than that, there's an open door, and that enables us to move students through the pipeline more quickly," Howard said. "It reduces the opportunity costs of going to college and university and enables those students to move on to professional schools, graduate schools or to the workforce better prepared and having expended less money and less time."

Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University is a public state university that offers undergraduate and graduate education. It is part of the University of Louisiana System and operates under the Louisiana Board of Regents. An articulation agreement with CLTCC allows students to transfer to NSU credits in biology, English, math, orientation, speech and other courses earned at the two-year school to equivalent university courses. Students also can apply credits earned at NSU toward the completion of their associate degree, diploma or certification at the community college.

These agreements benefit four-year institutions by expanding their reach, as CLTCC serves students throughout Central Louisiana with campuses in Alexandria, Cottonport, Ferriday, Jena, Leesville, Oakdale and Winnfield, and providing students with college experience who are ready to get to work and be successful at a four-year institution.

"CLTCC will be a game-changer in workforce development, for economic development for the entire region," NSU President Jim Henderson said. "It develops the kind of talent Louisiana is going to have to have to realize more than $80 billion in industrial expansion."

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice for businesses at local, state and federal levels of government. It provides monthly programs and annual events for members, promotes business and contributes to the growth of Cenla and the state by working with other Chamber coalition partners, legislative representatives and community and civic organizations.

The City of Alexandria

The city of Alexandria is the parish seat of Rapides Parish with about 48,000 residents. CLTCC’s relationship with the city is growing ever closer as they work together toward a brand-new downtown Alexandria campus for the college.

The City of Pineville

Just north of the Red River in Rapides Parish lies the city of Pineville, which has a population of more than 14,000. It helps make up the Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area. CLTCC serves Pineville students and faculty at its nearby Alexandria campus and administration works with government leaders to meet mutual goals of a skilled workforce, educated community and improved economy.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED)

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart is a state workforce development program that provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible new or expanding companies.

The Town of Jena

The town of Jena is parish seat of LaSalle Parish with a population of about 4,000. It boasts CLTCC’s Rod Brady Campus, which offers programs in business office administration, patient care technician, practical nursing and welding.

The Rapides Business and Career Solutions Center

The Rapides Business and Career Solutions Center is an organization based in Alexandria that works to connect those who need jobs with employers in need of workers. Its motto of “we put people to work” perfectly aligns with CLTCC’s mission to produce a pipeline of skilled workers for business and industry in Central Louisiana.

AFCO Industries, Inc.

AFCO Industries, Inc. is an employee-owned company founded in 1946 and one of the country’s leading building products manufacturers. It has three plants, including in Alexandria, producing alumni, plastic and fiberglass products. AFCO is a leading provider of fabricated aluminum components for other manufacturers with services that include extruding, machining, welding, precision cutting, punching and powder coating. The Cenla plant has trained workers through C4M at CLTCC.

Baker Manufacturing

Baker Manufacturing has been in the contract furniture market in 1954 and has become one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of institutional furniture for large-scale government and private sector contracts. The company has been engineering height-adjustable tables and desks since 1990.

Boise Cascade

Boise Cascade manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber and particleboard. It is a national distributor with 33 local brands and a plywood mill in Lena, La.


Cleco is a utility company headquartered in Pineville, La., in business since 1935. Its approximately 1,200 employees serve about 287,000 customers in Louisiana through a retail business and supplying wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Crest Industries

Crest Industries is the holding company for a group of companies serving the electric utility, commercial and industrial electrical contractor and forestry industries. It began in 1958 as Mid-State Electric Supply Company.

Eclectic Products Inc.

Eclectic Products Inc. has manufacturing and distribution services located in Pineville. Its founding company, Willamette Valley Company (WVCO), has been family-owned for more than 60 years. Eclectic Products was founded in 1972. It manufactures a variety of products, such as adhesive, epoxy, wood filler and more.

Gilchrist Construction Company LLC

Gilchrist Construction Company LLC is a contractor based in Central Louisiana that works on infrastructure and industrial projects across the state. Its capabilities include piling, bridge structures, asphalt production and paving, concrete production and paving, as well as all types of earthwork, drainage, and base that a project may require. It works on roads and bridges as well as site preparation, heavy foundations and industrial work.

Hayes Manufacturing

Hayes Manufacturing in Pineville was founded in 1954 as a small steel fabrication shop. It now features a 150,000-square-foot fabrication shop, modern metal-working equipment and a fleet of cranes. The Hayes Companies has three divisions: Hayes Manufacturing, Hayes Crane Services and Hayes Industrial Services.

Plastipak Packaging

Plastipak Packaging was founded in 1967 to find a way to lighten heavy five-gallon jugs used to deliver water. The company was born from the idea to manufacture plastic containers in-house. It has had more than 600 U.S. patents, and about half are utility applications tailored to streamline and improve packaging results. The company has a plant in Pineville, La.

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble began in the 1800s when William Procter and James Gamble became partners in a soap and candle business. Now it is a company known for brands and products like Tide, Dawn, Crest and other soaps and health and beauty products. It is known in Central Louisiana for its plant in Pineville.


RoyOMartin is on its fourth initiative with the college to educate unemployed or underemployed individuals seeking a long-term career in the manufacturing sector, primarily focusing on wood products in this case. The partnership has produced 24 individuals trained to be industrial electricians and mill wrights, 12 trained to be truck drivers with a CDL license and logging equipment operators jointly, and that’s just two programs.

“CLTCC has been a critical link for RoyOMartin to find, develop and hire work-ready individuals in many industrial positions,” said Roy O. Martin III, president and CEO of RoyOMartin.

Union Tank Car Company

Union Tank Car Company specializes in leasing and repairing tank cars and has an in-line manufacturing plant in Alexandria, La., to provide car supply for leasing and sale. As Union Tank Line in the 1800s, it was a railcar subsidiary of Standard Oil Company, history's largest monopoly. Union Tank Car, along with its Canadian affiliate Procor and its Mexican agent Carrotanques Unidos, is the largest tank car lessor in North America.

Weyerhaeuser Company

Weyerhaeuser Company was founded in 1900 by Frederick Weyerhaeuser, beginning with 900,000 acres of timberland, three employees and a small office in Tacoma, Washington. The company manufactures wood products and cellulose fibers that are used in items like diapers. As a timber company, reforestation is a priority.


Bechtel is a global engineering, construction and project management company that began in 1898. It operates through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. It has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries on all seven continents.


Formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, KBR is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industries. It has operations in 40 countries, servicing customers in more than 80 countries with more than 22,000 employees through three global businesses: Technology & Consulting, Engineering & Construction and Government Services.


CB&I provides technology and infrastructure for the energy industry with more than 40,000 employees. The company is organized into four operating groups: Engineering & Construction, Fabrication Services, Capital Services and Technology.