GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded River Parishes Community College (RPCC) a $1.49 million Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant for renewable energy training.

“As Louisiana moves forward with plans to significantly reduce emissions over the next three decades, the state must also prepare our workforce for this transition and provide the talent for a new energy environment,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “This investment from the Delta Regional Authority ensures that River Parishes Community College leads this effort by creating innovative training opportunities to prepare individuals for jobs in hydrogen, solar, and wind energy. Economic and workforce development in Louisiana have a bright future as we all work together to build a brighter and cleaner tomorrow for all.”

According to RPCC, the money will be used to support the school’s new Process Equipment Trainer (PET) Plant on its Gonzales campus.

“Delivering real-time and relevant workforce training opportunities to citizens in rural communities is a priority for our colleges. This DRA Grant will provide access for students from rural communities in the River Parishes Region which will help prepare them for good-paying family sustainable careers in Renewable Energy sectors,” said Louisiana Community and Technical College President, Dr. Monty Sullivan. “I am excited to see the results the grant’s funding will have on the region’s workforce, but most importantly the impact it will have on the lives of our students and communities.”

The grant application was cosponsored by Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) and Associated Builders & Contractors, Pelican and New Orleans Bayou Chapters (ABC).