He will work with local chambers of commerce and other groups to develop the campuses.
“I plan to continue the alignment of programs and course offerings that are conducive to the economic and workforce needs of business and industry,” said Parks. “We are committed to our students to be a responsive and student-oriented institution with emphasis on supporting individual efforts toward academic, career, social and civic success. We will work towards improved access for our students, decreased time to graduation, increased retention and graduation rates while all together enhancing skills which will translate to the world of work and improved quality of life.”
Parks, a Northwestern State alumnus, has extensive experience in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He served as director of student services at Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Incumbent Worker Training Program and special projects coordinator for the Louisiana Technical College Greater Central Louisiana Region. Parks was Temporary Assistance to Needy Families field coordinator for Louisiana Community and Technical College System Regions 7 and 8 and Incumbent Worker Training Coordinator for Louisiana Technical College’s Alexandria Campus.
Parks was director and business services representative of the Rapides Parish Police Jury Office of Economic Development. He served as the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce’s director of workforce development and regional business liaison for the Incumbent Worker Program.
He worked in the banking industry for Hancock Bank of Louisiana, Rapides Bank and Trust Company and Bank One. Parks was human resources manager and training coordinator for Hixson Autoplex of Alexandria and Monroe.
Parks is a graduate of Anacoco High School.
Students can earn associate degrees in nursing, business administration, general studies and criminal justice and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, psychology and general studies through the Leesville/Fort Polk campus.
The Cenla campus is at the Learning Center for Rapides Parish at 1410 Neel Kearby Drive in Alexandria. Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, general studies, nursing, radiologic sciences, social work and the RN to BSN completion program are available. The Cenla campus also offers master’s programs in nursing and education and a legal assistant certificate program.