Students in Sorrento protest over cuts

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 4:28pm

SORRENTO, La (FOX44) - Students at River Parish Community College in Sorrento gathered on July 1st to show their support for a program, cut due to lack of funding.
It's called non-destructive testing, or NDT which is a way of testing the strength of steel without destroying the product.

Students say the process not only saves money, but helps keep people safe on bridges and in chemical plants.

The course is only offered at two universities in Louisiana, River Parish Community College being the only one in South Louisiana.

Students say that keeping the program should be important to everyone because it's good for the economy.

We contacted the community college and they say they were forced to end the program when they lost the grant that had been paying for its inclusion.

Without that funding, students would have to pay nearly 6 thousand dollars to complete the course.
However, they are looking into various options, and hopes to one day bring the program back.

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