May 4, 2014 11:53 PM by AP
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - South Central Louisiana Technical College is celebrating a big step toward a permanent home for its marine safety training center.
A ceremony Friday honored the H.B. Young Foundation for donating the 5-acre site where the center is now housed in portable buildings, the Houma Courier reported. One building holds more than $1 million worth of training simulators.
"We have needed the space for a long time," said Carl Moore, director of the marine training program. "When I started we were working out of a trailer at the main campus, and we would drive to class. So just having this waterfront space is very important for us."
The school will now work on completing the design and construction of a 20,000-square-foot building, college Director Earl Meador said.
The school has been open since 1972. Meador said it graduated over 4,000 students last year. That could increase to more than 6,000 once the new building is up and open, he said.