The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Monday) voted to authorize Executive Director Camille Fontenot to send a letter to state officials including the governor opposing any move or plans to close the Coreil Campus of Louisiana Technical College. Chamber members agreed that the school is a vital part of the community for students wishing to learn a technical skill. Fontenot reported the school is down to only one business teacher while two have are no longer there. The school only has one welding instructor and the mechanic instructor is at the school only two days a week. Chamber members are being urged to also write letters to the State Representative and Senator showing their support to keep the school open to serve local and area students.
In other business, the chamber heard from Michael Morris, Director of Acadiana Works. The non- profit group assists residents in finding employment. He urged chamber members to contact local Acadiana Works director Judy Guillory to assist them in filling vacant positions.
In other action, the chamber:
--received news that there are 154 members enrolled in the Chamber;
--announced that the chamber will be sponsoring a bus trip to New Orleans Sept. 21 to the World War Two museum to view the Bob Hope All Star Pacific Week;
--announced that the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet is planned for May 1;
--reported that a committee is working on plans for a July 4th celebration in Ville Platte.