Shreveport Police and Fire Partner With Northwest Louisiana Technical College For Auto Mechanic Internship Opportunities

Shreveport's Automotive Industry Thrives: Students Gain Hands-On Experience through Police and Fire Department Partnership


SHREVEPORT, Louisiana, October 31, 2023 (The Sun) – The City of Shreveport, in collaboration with Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NLTCC), is thrilled to announce a transformative partnership set to provide a unique avenue for aspiring automotive mechanics to gain invaluable real-world experience. Beginning in the last six months of their training, students will have the opportunity to intern at the automotive facilities of both the Shreveport Police and Fire Departments, bolstering their preparation for the workforce. This paid internship initiative will equip students with the essential tools required for their hands-on learning.

Discussions regarding this innovative program were initiated earlier this year, reflecting the shared vision of Shreveport Mayor Tom Arceneaux and Chief Wayne Smith. Their aim is to extend an unparalleled opportunity to students on the brink of graduation, allowing them to gain practical work experience within the City of Shreveport.

“We are excited about this partnership, as it not only benefits our students but also contributes to the growth and development of our community,” Mayor Arceneaux remarked.

The internship program will see students paired with experienced vehicle technicians from the Shreveport Police and Fire Departments, fostering a mentorship dynamic that ensures a seamless transition into the workforce.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony was scheduled to take place at the auto mechanic’s training shop situated at 2010 North Market, within the NLTCC campus. The event took place today at 10:00 a.m. .

The partnership between the Shreveport Police and Fire Departments and NLTCC represents a landmark opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in the automotive industry while reinforcing the close-knit relationship between the city and its educational institutions. This promising initiative holds great potential for the growth and enrichment of the local community.

The original media release can be found here.

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