It was a historic day for River Parishes Community college yesterday, March 21, as they broke ground on their new 81,000-square-foot facility for academic programming.
Several community leaders and residents came out in a huge show of support for the parish’s only institution of higher learning. The new facility will be located at 925 W. Edenborne Parkway in Gonzales, off of Highway 44 near Interstate 10. It will be part of the new Edenborne development that will also house shops and other various businesses.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux was among those in attendance, and beamed with pride when asked why this is so important for Gonzales:
“I am very excited to have an educational facility located right here in Gonzales. RPCC is one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the state right now, and the fact that they will be in a development with businesses and shops where students could potentially work – well, that’s just wonderful. This is truly a great day for the city of Gonzales.”
The ground breaking was preceded by a ceremony, lead by several members of the RPCC staff. Dr. Joe Ben Welch, Chancellor of RPCC, got emotional as he addressed the overflowing crowd.
“The community support… it’s overwhelming.”
Check out this photo gallery from the event: