In October, LSU Eunice celebrated the opening of the new state-of-the-art Community Education Building completed earlier this summer.
The dedication held October 5 featured LSU Eunice Chancellor William Nunez, LSU System President William Jenkins and State Representative Mickey Guillory. A large public turnout witnessed the dedication and toured the building.
The two-story, 45,000-square-foot building creates new spaces for Continuing Education and Information Technology. The building houses several science labs, a computer lab, a demonstration kitchen area, and numerous classrooms.
Construction began on the new building in 2010 using funds provided to LSU Eunice by the legislature after the state experienced a surplus in state monies in 2007.
Louisiana State University Eunice has its own fully-equipped fire engine, thanks to a $230,000 grant and several donations.
The mini-pumper truck, designated "Bengal-1", is painted purple and gold and decorated with LSUE emblems, but is an actual, fully-functional emergency vehicle, said Steve Gervais, LSUE's Fire and Emergency Services program director.
The truck was paid for through a Louisiana Workforce Development Rapid Response Grant awarded to the school by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
The truck will be used primarily for training purposes in LSU Eunice's Fire and Emergency Services program, as well as a dual credit high school firefighter training program at the Lake Charles-Boston High School's Academy of Learning, the only dual credit program of its kind in the region, Gervaise said.
The truck may also be available for campus events, parades and other special events, when not in use elsewhere.
It comes equipped with nearly every piece of equipment found in a full-size pumper, Gervaise said, adding that nozzles on the engine were donated by Akron Brass.
Gervaise said the ladder is only 12 feet, but can easily simulate a 24-foot ladder during training exercises.
LSUE's fire and emergency services program offers an associate degree with concentrations in fire service technology, emergency services technology, and safety and environmental compliance technology. The program offers several technical studies certificates and diplomas as well.