“We are at a critical moment in our history when it comes to workforce and economic development,” Sawtelle said.
In his new role, Sawtelle will be responsible for the development and coordination of workforce initiatives that meet the needs of Louisiana’s existing and prospective employers. He also will work closely with Louisiana FastStart.
Additionally, Sawtelle will oversee all of the state’s three Technical Colleges — Capital Area Technical College in Baton Rouge, Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Natchitoches and South Central Louisiana Technical College in Morgan City. Sawtelle’s new assignment is effective Nov. 12.
Dr. Joe May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System said, “We are pleased that Jimmy Sawtelle has accepted this critical role. Administering Perkins funding statewide, he has a proven track record in working with business and industry to meet workforce needs. Jimmy’s addition will move us ahead in building tomorrow’s workforce and providing opportunity for Louisiana’s 3.4 million workers.”
Sawtelle will be leaving his position as regional director over South Central Louisiana Technical College, which includes the Young Memorial Campus in Morgan City.
To ensure a smooth transition, officials plan to name a new regional director by Nov. 5.
“Our main focus right now is identifying the next regional director of SCLTC in the smoothest transition possible,” Sawtelle said.
A 20-year veteran of Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges, Sawtelle has held several other critical roles. Prior to his current position, he served as the vice president for career and technical education for six years, interim regional director of Central Louisiana Technical Community College and Acadiana Technical College and as a workforce development officer and campus dean at South Central Louisiana Technical College.
Sawtelle earned his bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University and his master’s degree from McNeese State University. He is pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of New Orleans.
“I’m truly grateful to everyone in this area for their support of this college and my family over the past 20 years. We look forward to continued partnership.” Sawtelle said.
“Words simply can’t do justice in expressing my gratitude for the support of the Young Memorial Campus, SCLTC and my family. Our administration, faculty and staff are second-to-none and are a model for what is very right about technical education in Louisiana,” he said.
“We owe the credit to our business, industry, education and community partners. We pledge to continue to provide the highest quality workforce opportunities for St. Mary Parish and this region,” he said.