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South Central Louisiana Technical College

Cargill adds to support of South Central Louisiana Technical College

September 23, 2014

 

RESERVE, La. - Cargill's grain export facilities at Reserve and Westwego ship U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat around the world.  Keeping the facilities operating smoothly requires employees with technical skills such as welding, construction and equipment maintenance.

For years, Cargill has been a long-standing partner with the South Central Louisiana Technical College's River Parishes Campus in Reserve by hiring graduates and providing internships.  Cargill recently extended that support of the collage by making a grant of $26,250.

"These funds will allow us to teach more students," said Cindy Poskey, campus dean.  "As we increase access to higher education in the region, more people will be prepared for the demands of the workforce."

Poskey said education helps drive the quality of life in the area. "For every 10 graduates from SCLTC, River Parishes Campus, there is a $10 million annual impact on the economy," she said.

Cargill employs about 280 people at its grain export facilities in Reserve and Westwego.  "Education is one of our focus areas at Cargill for community support," said Lance Lamers, regional operations leader for Cargill Grain & Oilseeds Supply Chain North America.  "At the opportunities for SCLTC graduates increase, so does the opportunity for Cargill to continue to have a great team of skilled people."

In addition to the grain export business at Reserve and Westwego, Cargill has another 320 Louisiana employees in Feed & Nutrition at Franklinton and Lecompte, Deicing Technology at Avery Island, and Salt at Breaux Bridge.

 

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