CLTCC Rod Brady Campus offers heavy equipment operator program

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:45 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:47 AM CDT
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JENA, La. (CLTCC) - Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) will launch a heavy equipment operator program this fall at the Rod Brady Campus in Jena, Louisiana.

“Heavy equipment operator is a 4-star job in the state and in our region, which means there is much opportunity to work in this field,” said Rod Brady Jena Campus Dean Laurel Comeaux. “The CLTCC Jena Campus looks forward to offering this program and providing more job opportunities to our community.”

The heavy equipment operator program also has Class A CDL (commercial driver license) training embedded in it.

“The CDL program is a 5-star job in our state in and in our region,” noted CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle. “The wage range for students who complete the training program is $16-$33 per hour. This program is an outstanding example of the kind of high-paying, high-demand job certifications available from CLTCC.”

The program is eligible for federal Pell scholarship funding for eligible students. In addition, students may take advantage of the state’s ‘Reboot Your Career’ program designed to re-train workers impacted by the COVID pandemic. The heavy equipment operator program is a two-semester program, which means students can earn their CDL and heavy equipment operator certifications in a short period of time.

“CLTCC would also like to thank State Senator Glen Womack (District 32) for his support and assistance throughout this process,” Sawtelle said. “We simply could not have moved as quickly without his support”.

The program is strategically positioned to bring benefit to the Jena area and also three other CLTCC campus communities within a reasonable drive: Alexandria, Ferriday, and Winnfield. Classes start Monday, Aug. 16 and the program application is available online at Applicants are welcome to call or visit the campus if they need assistance with the application and/or financial aid.

The Rod Brady Campus is located at 521 East Bradford Street in Jena. The main phone number is 318-992-2910. For information about enrollment in other CLTCC Programs visit For more information about CLTCC, contact the school via email at or call 800-278- 9855

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