Booming economic outlook means high enrollment at technical colleges

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to Loren Scott the Baton Rouge area economic outlook is booming. The nine parish area that makes up Greater Baton Rouge has $23.7 billion worth of announced or on-going projects. This includes IBM bringing in 800 new jobs and another high tech company AMERITAS bringing in 300. As a result technical colleges are bursting at the seams.

Joe Martin owns ITI technical college and his numbers for enrollment are high. "High tech programs, information systems technology, process technology, instrumentation, those type of programs high skill level pay a lot of money those are the ones that are going to be in need over the next four or five years," says Martin.

Darren Lambert is a former ITI student. "I thought it would be tough to go to school and work full time but it wasn't that bad at all," says Lambert.

"Baton Rouge is a growing IT field from what I can tell a lot of movement a lot of meetings outside at night they have a sequel Wednesday that everybody meets up in a local Baton Rouge area it's great," says former student Lee Aiken.

ITT has recently renovated its campus located on Airline Highway.

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