Boise, Engineering Technology, Northwood

Boise Supports ET Scholarships for Northwood Grads

NATCHITOCHES – Boise Cascade Wood Products of Lena is completing three years of funding $1,500 in Engineering Technology scholarships at Northwestern State University.  The scholarships are awarded at a rate of $500 each academic year to students from Rapides Parish with a preference for graduates of Northwood High School focused on Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Industrial Engineering Technology (IET.)

“We are extremely grateful to Boise Cascade for their continued support of NSU’s Engineering Technology Programs,” said Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology.  “Enrollment continues to increase in our programs which is helping to meet demand for technologists in the equipment, quality control, process control and other applied engineering fields.  Our students are not only equipped with applied engineering skills but are also prepared with the soft skills and management abilities required to lead in high performance organizations such as Boise Cascade.”

NSU’s Engineering Technology programs support the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Manager’s Council by providing graduates with applied engineering education using advanced-level math as well as theory-based courses.  These future employees are equipped to support manufacturing operations using advanced technology.   NSU’s ET program are meeting companies’ sustainability needs by incorporating engineering principles closely aligned with effectively reducing waste in manufacturing processes and recycling never-before-used raw materials.

Boise Cascade manufactures and markets engineered wood products with improved structural characteristics that use wood fiber more efficiently. Boise Cascade owns and operates the world’s two largest laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joist manufacturing plants in Alexandria, Louisiana and White City, Oregon.  Using leading edge manufacturing technology, Boise Cascade’s engineered wood products are environmentally friendly and provide engineers, architects, designers and builders with cleaner, simpler and more efficient design options.

Boise Cascade’s Lena plan is home to the company’s manufacturing regional office.  Located there is an engineered wood product facility and a plywood mill.  The plant is one of the two world’s largest laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joist manufacturing plants.  Boise Cascade also operates plywood mills in Oakdale and Florien.  The company is a participant in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a comprehensive forest management program that is a combination of environmental responsibilities and sound business practices.

“Boise Cascade manufactures products that are safely created with quality, efficiency and thoughtfulness,” said David Elliott, plant manager.  “As a leader in the industry Boise Cascade is driven to make things better by converting everything we process and touch into something useful.  Programs such as NSU’s Engineering Technology Program develops graduates that are uniquely suited to contribute immediately to that effort in our operating environment.  Industrial technologists play a key role in determining the most effective ways to use people, machines, materials, and information.”

The Northwestern State University Foundation serves the university, its students and faculty, by securing financial resources to support scholarships, faculty development and academic programming. To learn more about ways to give or volunteer, contact the Office of University Advancement at (318) 357-4414 or visit

Boise Cascade Scholarship:

Boise Cascade has for the last three years provided $1,500 in scholarships for graduates of Northwood High School in Lena who pursue degrees in engineering technology at Northwestern  State University. From left are Lori Sepulvado, Human Resource Generalist for Boise-Lena;  Plant Manager David Elliott, Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of the Department of Engineering Technology, and Brittany McConathy and Erin Dupree, NSU Foundation.