North Louisiana's 12 colleges and universities generate the innovations necessary to increase productivity and produce top quality graduates needed to sustain business growth and expansion. More than 58,000 students are enrolled in our four year, two year and technical schools in key fields such as allied health, pharmacology, engineering, manufacturing, process technology, and business. Our higher education partners work readily with business and industry to create a workforce pipeline to fill demand fields.
North Louisiana institutions of higher learning are recognized nationally and globally for their top quality programs and research. Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana is the largest four year university in North Louisiana. It was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a tier 1 school and a top graduate school and research institution. Centenary College ranks as a top tier liberal arts college in North Louisiana.
The region's community colleges are some of the fastest-growing in the nation and offer programs specifically addressing the needs of our industries.
2 Year Institutions
Outstanding Program(s) *
Bossier Parish Community College
Louisiana Delta Community College
Northeast Louisiana Technical College
5 campus sites
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
Centenary College of Louisiana
Grambling State University
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport
Louisiana State University-Shreveport
Louisiana Tech University
Northwestern State University
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Source: Board of Regents, 2011
* Outstanding programs are based on the numbers of degrees awarded.
Northeast Louisiana Technical College (NELTC) has five campuses at West Monroe, Ruston, Bastrop, Farmerville and Winnsboro. NELTC offer courses and programs that teach high demand skills needed to get a job, to cross-train for different positions, or to retrain for a new career.
Students are provided with relevant, hands-on training to prepare them to enter and to advance in the 21st Century workforce. Emphasis is placed on current industry based certifications and standards to ensure that students obtain marketable skills.
NELTC serves industry and businesses through a comprehensive portfolio of services and programs to enhance the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace. Through workforce development and training, NELTC works with area employers to help retrain, upgrade and attract skilled workers.
Northwest Louisiana Technical College offers more than fifty technical education programs at five campuses in Many, Mansfield, Minden, Natchitoches, and Shreveport.
Popular programs include auto mechanics, airconditioning/heating, auto mechanics, nursing (LPN, Nurses Aides), carpentry, construction, and instrumentation technology. These and many other vocational and technical degree and certificate programs produce skilled workers for North Louisiana.