The guest speaker at the Lions Club last week was Jayda Spillers, the new Chancellor of the Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College and is based in Minden, La. She was the guest of Lion Kelli Fisher who, herself, is the Director of the Mansfield Campus of NLTCC. Doctor Spillers (but you’d better call her Jayda!) has been in the Education field for 29 years and has been over the NLTCC campuses for 3 months now. She told the Lions that her focus is the high school transition to higher education like the four-year universities or the career technical colleges. By targeting Junior and Senior year high school students and making sure they are taking the correct courses in their final years to prepare them for the demands to be met when they have graduated. Good examples would be making sure that students wanting to pursue a Nursing career took Chemistry and Biology courses or students interested in Electrical or Industrial careers took Blueprint Reading or Welding.
The Mansfield Campus already is offering on-line courses for most of their classes allowing students to study away from Campus and offers Associate Degrees in Nursing and Business. Jayda says that NLTCC is more than willing to meet with local industry to customize specialized preparatory training. A recent example is SWEPCO’s Lineman training which is a multistep process to become certified. To learn more or if you have any questions call Kelly Fisher 318- 872-2243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday for a catered lunch at the Clista A. Calhoun Center and you are welcome to come by. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 11.