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See You at the Movies!

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Film school grads chase

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Show me the Money Educate yourself on FAFSA,

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The Greek Life Is a sorority or fraternity the

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Jennifer Gray: Connecting with a Global Audience This Louisiana native shares her story and offers high school students tips for crafting their own careers.


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Taking the ‘next’ step As they look forward to their future, many high school students have specific questions on their minds—how to choose the right college and the best career path, the benefits of a community college degree, the importance of STEM education. We asked our sponsors

Dear Students, What an exciting time for you and your families as you look forward to graduation and beginning the next chapter of your lives. Congratulations on reaching this important milestone! Your hard work has paid off and you deserve all the happiness it brings. Our state is seeing tremendous growth and is a wonderful place for you to pursue your education goals and to develop your professional skills. The opportunities for finding a rewarding career in Louisiana are greater than ever. I sincerely hope you will continue your education with one of Louisiana’s many high-quality universities, technical schools, community colleges or training programs. They will mold your strengths into skills for achieving your goals in the future, and ultimately will help improve the communities where you one day live and work. Our efforts to grow our economy are paying off. In 2019, Louisiana ranked No. 2 for the best economic development results in the South, among the Top 10 states for doing business in the U.S., and No. 1 for the best state workforce training program in the nation, LED FastStart®. Young women and men like you are the future leaders of our state. We need your ideas, energy and determination to help drive innovation in our communities that will help strengthen our state. Your futures are incredibly bright and I have great confidence that each of you will succeed as you venture along this new journey. God bless each of you and the best is yet to come!

to address these topics in this issue of Louisiana NEXT. Their insight and advice will hopefully help students plan their very important next step on the journey to adulthood and independence.

What is the STEM Pathway and why is it so important? “The Louisiana STEM Pathways offered through Jump Start provide students with the coursework, skills, and credentials needed to pursue a college degree or career in one of the state’s leading STEM




– John White, John Bel Edwards Louisiana Governor

State Superintendent of Education


What’s a first step in selecting the right college? “College is one of the most important decisions that you and your family will make. I encourage you to examine the College Scorecard, a tool designed for families to compare universities based on outcomes for students, including tuition costs, degree programs, and salary expectations in your field of study.”

How can a student choose the right career path? “Choosing the perfect career path starts with discovering your unique talent, and then choosing the best college and career match for you. With the 5-point match tool, administered through our Unlock My Future website (unlockmyfuture.org), students can make an informed career decision to

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discover how to get paid doing what they love.”

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Can I achieve a strong career with a community college degree? “To compete in Louisiana’s future economy, we know students will absolutely need education beyond high school. We encourage you to use this resource as a guide and get curious! Whether your final selection is a 2-year or 4-year degree program, our of a prosperous future.”

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Deciding on the next step It’s all about the right fit BY MAGGIE HEYN RICHARDSON

What’s next for me? It’s the question that keeps high school seniors up at night as they approach graduation. Sure, there’s the straight and narrow path of pursuing a four-year degree, but there are other quality options out there if that doesn’t seem right. From national service to the military to technical school, there are more opportunities than ever for young people transitioning from high school to the real world. What’s important is finding the right fit.

Four-year college or university Nearly 14 million students enroll in four-year institutions every year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It’s the required first step in becoming a teacher, physician, lawyer, engineer, accountant and a large variety of professional fields. If you choose four-year college, Louisiana institutions like Louisiana State University, Southern University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offer affordable tuition to in-state residents. But there are countless other colleges and universities across the country that offer merit aid to exemplary students, and depending on family income, need-based financial aid.

Community or technical college


Two-year degrees and professional certifications are a winning option for a growing number of students. Six million students enroll in two-year community college programs nationwide, which are designed to dovetail with available jobs in the community. Baton Rouge Community College offers excellent programs that prepare students for regional careers in allied health, process technology, the film industry, automotive and aviation technology, welding, HVAC maintenance, the culinary arts and more.


National service National service programs across Louisiana and the U.S. give young people an opportunity to work with children, improve national parks, address hunger, community health and more. Participants can

enroll with a high school degree. They complete a year or two of service in exchange for a living stipend and an education award that can be used for tuition or student loans. Baton Rouge-based programs, which include Serve Louisiana and City Year, provide gratifying experiences that help build leadership skills and social awareness. They are also seen as positive resumé builders by both employers and college admissions officers.

The military The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all offer opportunities for high school graduates to enlist. The U.S. Armed Forces can be the perfect opportunity for a young person looking for exposure to new skills, discipline, travel and the chance to serve. The branches of the military also offer Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at thousands of colleges across the country, which enable students to earn scholarship funds in exchange for a military service commitment after college graduation.

The workforce For a variety of reasons, some graduating seniors find that going straight to work is the best fit for now. Perhaps they’re burned out on school, or truly can’t afford another option. For these individuals, it’s important to look for opportunities that will not only provide a paycheck but will yield personal growth and advancement. Look for jobs that provide the flexibility to take classes, or that will invest in your skills with additional training.



A gap year is often spent traveling, interning, or doing volunteer work.

Middle ground:

Is a ‘gap year’ for you? BY MAGGIE HEYN RICHARDSON

Daughter Malia Obama took a gap year in 2016 before matriculating at Harvard University. “I wouldn’t call it a trend yet, but it’s definitely being explored more now,” says Dana Schlotterer, assistant principal of Runnels High School and owner of the Baton Rougebased college consulting firm, My UGuide. “It can actually be a way to make yourself more marketable to highly selective schools.” But Schlotterer cautions that for some students, interrupting the momentum of being in school can make it hard to jump back in. Moreover, it’s important that the gap year be seen as a year of organized exploration, not just goofing off, she says. “It’s definitely not for everyone,” Schlotterer says. “A student has to be really mature and responsible in order to make it a productive experience rather than a waste of time.” Several organizations have emerged throughout the U.S. to match students with guided travel or service opportunities. For example, Thinking Beyond Borders matches

gappers with global travel and service for either a semester or school year, while Global Citizen Year places young people in Brazil, India, Ecuador and Senegal. Schlotterer also suggests that seniors considering a gap year complete the college application process while still in high school, and then deferring their college acceptance. More colleges and universities are making it easier for students to do this, says Schlotterer. “If they want you, then more than likely they’ll still want you a year later, but it’s important to be up front about it and be clear about your intentions,” she says. “You need to explain why a gap year is important to you, and you should be authentic about it.” Finally, for Louisiana students interested in taking a gap year, it’s important to understand the timeline for TOPS eligibility. The state’s tuition assistance program requires qualifying students to enroll in college by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation, making it possible for students to take a year off–but not longer.


For most high school seniors, the path to college is an all-consuming process full of hope, dreams and anxiety. It includes visiting campuses, writing—and rewriting—college essays, mourning rejections and celebrating acceptances. From there, the to-do list turns to connecting with roommates, shopping for dorm room décor and weighing one major against another. It’s a dizzying, well-tread route that’s pursued every year by millions of graduating seniors nationwide. But it’s not for everyone. At least not immediately after high school. A growing number of seniors are considering taking a year off between graduation and college to pursue non-academic enrichment activities, including travel, volunteerism or even starting a business or nonprofit. For those who embrace it, the gap year is seen as a way to hit the reset button, avoid academic burnout, check off a bucket list item and hone personal skills. About 40,000 students opt for a gap year, still a tiny fraction of the number headed to college. The concept, rooted in British tradition, saw an uptick in awareness after First


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Which college is right for me? Once you’ve made the decision to attend college, choosing the right one is your next step. Public or private? Large or small? Community or vo-tech? It depends on many factors, including your personality, financial situation, educational skills, and life experiences. Here are some things to consider: PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES




Typically offer a wide range of majors and degree programs leading to the 4-year bachelor’s degree. Most have graduate programs as well, leading to master’s degrees and Ph.Ds.

Smaller private colleges are sometimes classified as “liberal arts” colleges because they focus on a general education in the humanities, math, and social and physical sciences, leading to a 4-year bachelor’s degree.

The best fit for many collegebound high school grads, community colleges offer a 2-year degree called an associate degree, plus a variety of diplomas and certifications. You can get job-ready for many of the most available jobs in Louisiana today—or you can take your associate degree and transfer to a 4-year school.

These smaller schools offer technical degrees, diplomas and certifications for specific jobs, like HVAC technician or medical records. Programs range from a few weeks to one year, or even a full 2-year associate degree.

Pursuing a degree online is a great option for students who need to attend classes on their own time, want to work full time, or are simply uninterested in traditional campus life.

Some public universities have big campuses and large enrollments, and some general classes can be “mega-classes,” with a hundred students or more. Large classes and a feeling of anonymity can be a turn-off for some students, but with them come larger libraries, more class offerings and more arts and cultural activities, too.

Many private schools are smaller than state universities, and that means smaller classes. Most promise more attention from professors and more classes with professors, instead of classes handled by graduate students.

Offer an assortment of jobspecific programs (nursing, computer programming, automotive technology), but also classes in more general disciplines to develop your basic skills (writing, math, biology).

Concentration is on very specific career skills (welding, process technology, LPN, culinary arts), though with associate degree programs at some schools you will still get a dose of broader classes like physics, math and English.

Louisiana community colleges now offer multiple degree programs with instruction delivered 100% over the internet. Louisiana universities offer dozens of online courses, and there are even national accredited online universities you can attend from Louisiana.

They’re called “state” schools because the state government helps fund them, so tuition and fees are lower than at private schools.

Higher tuition and fees than public schools. But you can still use your TOPS award at most Louisiana private schools, and most have superb scholarship and aid programs based on both merit and need.

Qualifying students can take advantage of TOPS to pay tuition, which is already a bargain at a community college—in some cases less than half the cost of a state university.

Louisiana’s public technical colleges have the lowest tuitions of any postsecondary option. Financial aid is often available, and the TOPS Tech award can be used at public technical colleges.

The cost of online programs is usually comparable to or less expensive than traditional programs.

Larger schools offer plenty of on-campus housing, and dorm life is practically a rite of passage for many young adults. Sports, clubs and extracurricular activities abound, along with social options like student government, fraternities and sororities.

Students looking for a smaller environment or a particular religious affiliation often find it by going private. The number of clubs, sports events and cultural offerings depend on the school’s size, but they are no less enriching.

They enroll lots of nontraditional, commuter and working students, so on-campus housing is limited. Still, most have active clubs and student organizations, and some spice it up with cultural events, such as theater and lectures, and some even have collegiate athletics.

You won’t find a marching band or intramural sports. But there are dozens of these schools located in smaller cities around the state, so convenience is a plus, as are flexible schedules, smaller class sizes and handson experience.

None! But with online class discussion boards, you may still have opportunities for meeting other students, sharing ideas and class camaraderie.







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See you at the movies! Young filmmakers set the stage for career success BY THE NEXT STAFF


On any given day in New Orleans, you’ll see a film crew shooting a scene for a big-budget movie, a documentary, or a television show. Productions are filmed throughout Louisiana (often called Hollywood South), thanks to talented performers, a film-friendly community, experienced crews, and a competitive tax incentive program. But no place is busier than New Orleans, where many young filmmakers have found a welcoming community of industry experts willing to help them kick off their careers. These 20-something film school grads have all worked on student films in college, entered their own productions in film festivals, and now work regularly in the industry. Here, they talk about their real-life experiences in the world of make-believe.


DONOVAN THIBODEAUX boom operator, Baton Rouge

EMILY POULLIARD sound utility, Mandeville

I love the fact that I’m doing something new every day and experiencing places that I never would have visited if not for working there. Whether it’s a concert scene, a shoot-out or a car chase, I’m always working in different places and in different situations. It’s so rewarding to watch a film or TV show after post-production and see how everyone’s hard work paid off. The long hours can be hard, but definitely worth it.

The best part of my job is being part of a team that works together to make a movie. It’s so cool to play a role in the finished product of a film. I enjoy meeting and working with new crew and cast members on each film, and it has been fascinating to be part of the “behind the scenes” action. Sometimes it can be challenging … we are trying to complete a certain amount of work in a day, so when we get behind, everyone is expected to work as efficiently and quickly as possible in order to complete the day.


DANIEL KLEINPETER set production assistant, Baton Rouge

RASHADA FORTIER assistant production coordinator, Katy, Texas

I made my own movies when I was a kid and I knew that’s what I wanted to do someday. I’m so fortunate to be part of the film and TV industry in New Orleans because it brings together an amazingly diverse group of artists. Young people like myself are welcomed into the film community and mentored by truly talented writers, directors, sound and lighting experts, and other film professionals. Five years after I started, I couldn’t be happier with my career choice.

Growing up, I was always in awe of the power of movies to show us different characters and experiences—I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The best part of my job is the collaborative process of filmmaking … knowing that 100 to 250 people are all working together towards one goal is very motivating. The most challenging part is keeping track of all the moving pieces. 

TYLER LAPEROUSE camera assistant, Abbeville

JOHN MUDGE grip, Belle Chasse

I loved movies growing up and used to spend weekends with friends making short films with the little tools we had and the numerous ideas we’d come up with. When I realized filmmaking could be an actual career, it was a no-brainer. For young filmmakers trying to find their way, this industry is all about the contacts you meet and the relationships you build. Find other people who make movies and show them you’re committed to this dream too!

I chose film as a career so I could work toward my goal of becoming a film director. Once I graduated college, I worked on a few independent shoots before I was able to make a contact in the business. I would say that if you have the means to attend college, you should … but try your best to meet other people in the industry so you can work on productions during your off time, and potentially have a job lined up when you graduate.

NOTES Job security is sometimes a challenge. “But in New Orleans, cast and crew members are really generous about helping each other find work once their current project ends,” says Poulliard.

important to stay involved.” For more details on the film scene in Louisiana, go to louisianaentertainment.gov.


Working in the industry doesn’t require a college degree. There are opportunities in set design, makeup, costuming and many other areas.

Paying attention to politics is important, says Kleinpeter, since much of the film work that comes to Louisiana is based on the tax credit situation. “It definitely affects your work opportunities, so it’s





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MONEY Know your financial aid options BY EMILY KERN HEBERT

STUDENT AID STUDENT AID GUIDELINES GUIDELINES To receive federal student aid, you must:

• a citizen or ofeligible the US • Benoncitizen noncitizen of the US security number Have a valid social • a validsatisfactory social security number • Have academic progress • Maintain satisfactory academic progress • Maintain • Be enrolled in an eligible program in an eligible program a regular student seeking • Beasenrolled To receive federal student aid, you must: Be a citizen or eligible

asaadegree regularor student seeking certification a degree or certification

eligibility for state and school aid. To fill out the FAFSA form, students need their social security number, any federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned, bank statements and records of investments, records of untaxed income, and a FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA form electronically. Dependent students will also need most of the above information for their parents. Because state and college deadlines vary, it is highly recommended that students fill out the FAFSA as soon as they can after October 1 to make sure they do not miss out on available aid. Students have the opportunity to list any colleges they are considering on the FAFSA form. Colleges use the information provided on the FAFSA form

to determine eligibility for financial aid, and most colleges send out financial aid award letters around the same time as admission offers letters. However, students should contact the financial aid office at the college they plan to attend for information about applying for aid at that college. The primary way for students to apply for TOPS is also through the FAFSA. TOPS, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, is a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents who attend a Louisiana public college or university, a school that is a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, as well as other approved schools. Some students will qualify for an additional TOPS stipend due to their GPA and ACT scores.

SOURCES: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and https://www.osfa.la.gov


College is expensive. Luckily, there are federal and state options available to make the cost of higher education more manageable. The first step to applying for federal student aid is to complete the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Federal student aid includes federal grants, work-study and loans. The FAFSA is available online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/ sa/fafsa. Many types of federal student aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or subsidized loans where the government pays the interest while the student is in college, also require the student to have financial need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA information to determine a student’s



The GR∑∑K Life:

It’s complicated BY EMILY KERN HEBERT

Being a member of a sorority or fraternity can become a home away from home for students on a college campus by making that campus seem a little smaller. According to Angela Guillory, associate dean of students and director of Greek Life at LSU, being a member of a Greek organization provides students with opportunities for personal development, leadership opportunities, academic support, social opportunities, lifetime membership and lifelong friends. In return, fraternities and sororities and their host institutions require grade expectations, participation, financial investment and involvement in campus and community service. There are also behavior expectations, Guillory says. Students interested in joining a sorority or fraternity must remember the importance of academic achievement. At LSU, the all-sorority and all-fraternity academic averages, as well as the

Greek five-year graduation rate, continue to remain higher for Greek students than non-Greek students. It’s also important to think about balance. The first few weeks of college can be overwhelming, so be sure to balance your time and schedule. Students will have mandatory obligations as well as other opportunities to stay involved in the Greek community. The Greek system is a controversial subject for U.S. colleges and universities, especially in recent years in which underage drinking and hazing incidents have made national news. Those who join a sorority or fraternity must make good choices and be sure they understand the consequences of their actions. Schools traditionally provide education on the topics of hazing, sexual assault, drugs and underage drinking, with the goal of maintaining a strong, healthy, safe and thriving Greek community.


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Planning Checklist


There’s no doubt about it: The process of planning for college and other types of postsecondary training can be confusing! But it should be part of every junior’s and senior’s life—along with pizza, football, friends, concerts and English class, of course. It pays to start planning early and know the key steps to follow, whether you end up hunting financial aid or applying for an apprenticeship. Here’s a timeline to help guide you on your way. You can find and download a similar “to-do” list at lela. org. LIFE, DEFINED Postsecondary

A big word that means “after high school.” It’s used to describe anything from going to college to earning a training certificate to getting a job.

2019-2020 Test Schedules

Talk to your school’s guidance counselor to confirm testing dates.


Go to ACT.org for locations, cost, and information on how to prepare for the exam.

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June 20-26


SAT test dates typically follow a set formula–the first Saturday in November, December, May and June; the second Saturday in October and March; and the fourth Saturday in January. For more information and to register, go to collegeboard.org.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Visit the website at apcentral.collegeboard.org for details, including test subjects, results, cost, etc. The exams are held over two weeks in May—May 4-8 and May 11-15.



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FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE YEARS Explore your interests and career goals. Use the Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) as a tool to help you envision the ways your high school courses fit into your longterm goals. Work with your counselor to choose the diploma pathway that matches your goals. You will choose between the TOPS University Pathway and the Jump Start TOPS Tech Pathway at the end of your sophomore year. Lay out a plan for completing your remaining required courses. Talk to your counselor about Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement® (AP) courses, and/or industrial and technical workplace training options. Louisiana has more course options than ever before!

JUNIOR YEAR Use your summer to do things that will make your college application or résumé stronger. Volunteer at a food pantry. Participate in a summer college program for high school students. Or just work a summer job! Use your best study hacks to prepare for state and national tests. Ask questions in class! Try all the different kinds of resources you have available to you. Update your IGP with the courses in your chosen diploma pathway. • Ask your counselor and teachers about ways to strengthen your GPA. Your grades determine your eligibility for TOPS and can help you qualify to receive additional financial support after high school. Investigate the Industry-Based Credentials (IBCs) you can attain before graduation. Whether you are on the TOPS Tech or TOPS University Pathway, earning a complementary, regional or statewide credential can open doors to multiple opportunities. ATHLETES: If you want to play NCAA college sports and receive a scholarship at the DI or DII

level, you will need to register and be cleared by the NCAA. Go to athleticscholarships.net to register.

transcript from your school counselor and review it for accuracy before you send it to your prospective schools.

TOPS, loans, grants, work-study, etc.


• Find out the application deadlines for each of your colleges and start preparing your applications. Be totally OCD about DEADLINES!

• Watch your snail mail and email inbox. Most schools begin to notify students of admission and financial aid awards in late March or early April!


• Download applications from prospective colleges and start drafting your admission and scholarship essays. • Decide on a system for tracking your application deadlines, testing windows and other important dates. Use a wall calendar, spreadsheet or online calendar—whatever method works best for you. • Prepare or polish your high school résumé. You may need it for college, job and scholarship applications.


• Register at act.org to retake the ACT and/or visit collegeboard.org to register for the SAT if necessary. • Start applying for scholarships. (Some scholarship programs have deadlines in the fall.)


Mark them on your calendar.


• Find out the scholarship deadlines for all your colleges and add them to your calendar. • If colleges request letters of recommendation, compile a list of teachers and mentors you can ask to submit a letter for you. These may also be needed for scholarship applications. • Watch for a FAFSA completion event at your high school if you’d like assistance with the FAFSA. Follow @LOSFA on Twitter for updates on FAFSA and scholarships.


• Review your FAFSA/Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy. Submit any corrections to the FAFSA processor.

• Update your calendar and to-do list. Add upcoming college fairs— they allow you to get information about several schools at once and talk with representatives from the schools. Very cool!

• Submit all of your completed admission and college academic scholarship applications by the end of the year. Remember, many schools award scholarship funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Create your FSA ID at fsaid. ed.gov.

• Search and apply for nonacademic scholarships. These are scholarships from organizations other than colleges that have admitted you.


• Work with your parents to get their tax information together and set up their FSA ID. Call askLela’s helpline at 844-GO-FAFSA or email info@lela.org for assistance. LELA is Louisiana’s nonprofit resource for FAFSA completion and college access.


• Finalize your list of colleges and universities. Many counselors recommend narrowing your final list of schools to your top three, but there is no limit to the number of schools to which you can apply.

• Follow @LouisianaNEXT on Twitter for career ideas, financial aid tips and news and pics of other Louisiana high schools!

• Make sure your ACT/SAT scores are being sent to your current college choices.

• Contact financial aid offices at schools you’ve applied to and find out as much as you can about their processes. Research all the financial aid options you may need:

• Request a copy of your high school

• If you are applying for nonacademic scholarships, January is crunch time for deadlines. Try to get all applications in the mail (or posted online) by the last week of January.



• Continue looking for scholarships. Some scholarship competitions don’t close until late spring. Lela’s FAFSA Completion Guide has a list of scholarship search websites. You can find the guide at lela.org.


• Notify your schools’ financial aid offices of any non-academic scholarships or grants you’ve won. • Make some campus visits if you’re still deciding between two (or more) colleges. Spring break is a great time for one last visit. • Keep checking your email. April is the month for acceptance letters, rejection letters, and—if you got accepted at multiple schools—one of the biggest decisions of your life!


• You should make your final decision by May, as this is when many schools require you to accept financial aid offers. In fact, some require an enrollment commitment deposit. • Notify other schools that accepted you that you will NOT be enrolling. • Write thank-you notes to teachers who wrote letters of recommendation. • Check with your college’s admissions department for any additional requirements. You may need to submit a separate application for housing if you plan on living on campus. • Enjoy senior week and your commencement! Class of 2020! Hooray!


• Attend freshman orientation program at your college. • Find out when payment of your fall semester charges is due. • Explore your options if you made a last-minute decision to apply for college or other training programs.




What I would do differently … If I were a college freshman again

We all look back on times in our lives when we wish we had been more informed, more responsible … maybe just a little bit smarter. We spoke with several college graduates and asked them what they would change if they could rewind the clock and start their college years over. Their answers serve as good advice for high school students about to embark on that once-in-a-lifetime college experience.

“If I could go back to my freshman year of college, I would stress less, because the stressing doesn’t solve anything. I would actually go to all my classes my first semester, and I would force myself out of my comfort zone more often. You’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than you’ll regret the things you did. —BETH BATES, M.A. in History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


“If I were a college freshman, I wouldn’t let myself be so preoccupied with what I believed others thought about me. I was so self-conscious about how I looked and the clothes I was wearing … I sometimes felt like I didn’t quite fit in with the students around me. In hindsight, none of that actually mattered and I made lifetime friends once I became more comfortable with myself.”


—KARLA DELGADO AVERA, B.S. in Education, Louisiana State University

“From my experience, freshman year is the easiest time in life to meet new people, so take advantage of this opportunity to build new relationships. You don’t have to cut ties with your high school friends, but you should make a real effort to widen your social circle. As for career advice, get involved with professional organizations as early as possible. There’s no better way to connect with people and jobs in your desired field. It will also help you stand out among your colleagues.” —MATTHEW THERIOT, M.S. in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University

“I would focus on identifying a clear career path for my future. It would be great to know if your desired field is right for you. Does it match your lifestyle? Are you passionate about it? Does it speak to your soul? These were all answers I discovered much later. I ended up getting a marketing degree and it has been the ultimate secret weapon in my career as a singer, performer and songwriter. It really gave me an edge. As a musician, you are a brand. A brand is a business. A business is nothing without marketing.”   —JUSTIN GARNER, B.S. in Marketing, Southern University

Louisiana STEM PATHWAYS Over the next 12 years, Louisiana and the nation will see a surge in the number of job opportunities available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as STEM.


Louisiana’s Jump Start STEM pathways offer students carnegie credits and certifications in highwage, high-demand STEM-focused industry sectors. The knowledge and skills students attain while pursuing one of the following pathways provides them with a successful foundation to enter college or the workforce after graduation.















“To find good employment, you have to be digitally trained, know how to code, be able to communicate with machines, and understand the power of digital transformation. Thus, taking STEM Pathway courses is a need rather than an option.”

“There aren’t enough trained cyber security professionals to fill all of the jobs in the U.S., therefore we are counting on the next generation to ensure our economic dominance and national security.”





For more information visit www.louisianabelieves.com/courses/louisiana-stem-initiative or talk to your school counselor about the STEM pathways offered at your high school.

“If we’re going to address poverty and diversity in Louisiana, we need to make sure our education system serves everyone. That means providing every student the kind of rigorous preparation for the job market that these pathways offer.”



Louisiana State University College of Human Sciences & Education Baton Rouge, LA

INSTITUTION TYPE: 4-year undergraduate programs, master’s and PhD programs, dual degrees and certificate programs





Roland Mitchell, PhD Interim Dean



MISSION: The College of Human Sciences &

Education enhances quality of life across the lifespan by actively engaging in research, teaching, professional service and global engagement that enables individuals and communities to achieve their full potential.

CAMPUS: The majority of College of Human Sciences & Education programs and offices are housed on LSU’s main campus in Peabody Hall, Coates Hall and the Huey P. Long Field House. CHSE also offers online classes. One of the newest residential colleges on campus, CHSE’s Cypress Hall houses 330 students along with classrooms, a dance studio, study spaces and beautiful indoor and outdoor community spaces. ACADEMICS: The College of Human Sciences & Education is made up of nationally accredited programs located in the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science and the School of Social Work. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and to improving quality of life across the lifespan. CHSE offers majors in child and family studies, early childhood education, elementary and special education, leadership and human resource development, kinesiology, social work and sports administration.

STUDENT LIFE: CHSE has student organizations

in the fields of health, education and social work. Students have optional or mandatory internships in all of our programs. Some of the organizations open to students include: Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, Association of Pre-Physical Therapy Students, Bachelor of Social Work Student Association, CHSE Ambassadors, CHSE College Council, Student Government, Society for Human Resource Management, Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Fraternity, Kinesiology Club, Louisiana Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, LSU Sport Administration Association, Physician Assistant Collegiate Society, Pre-Dental Society, Pre-Nursing Organization, and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club.

COST/AID: The estimated yearly costs (includ-

ing tuition and fees, housing and meal plan) for undergraduates to attend LSU is $23,524 for Louisiana residents and $40,211 for out-of-state students. Each year, LSU awards $300 million in financial aid and scholarships. So it’s no surprise that 92 percent of students receive scholarships or aid. In addition, two out of every three students graduate with zero debt. During the 2018–19 academic year, CHSE awarded $19,157 in scholarships to 82 recipients.

Whether you want to improve education for kids in pre-K, elementary, or college classrooms, promote health and wellness, develop better places to work or strengthen families and communities, the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education will give you the academic expertise and internship experiences to achieve your goals. Our world-class faculty is devoted to helping you pursue your dreams. LaNEXT.com

Visit chse.lsu.edu to learn more.

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Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport, LA

INSTITUTION TYPE: 2-year community college



PRESIDENT: Dr. Rodney Ellis, Chancellor


MISSION: Southern University at Shreveport, a unit

of the Southern University and A&M College System, is a historically black comprehensive community college serving northwest Louisiana and beyond. The school is committed to teaching and preparing traditional and non-traditional students for degree attainment, transfer, work force, continuous learning and self-improvement. This preparation is available through multiple delivery methods and instructional sites for students seeking certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees.

ACADEMICS: Southern University at Shreveport provides a university parallel college transfer program designed to meet the requirements for lower division of four-year college or university programs. We offer one- and two-year career programs designed to meet the demand for technicians, semi-professional workers, and skilled craftsmen for employment in industry, business, the professions, and government. The university offers associate degrees in art, sciences, applied sciences, and certificate programs. STUDENT LIFE: The university’s Office of Student

Activities and Services is a viable and integral part of student life. It provides the general student body, faculty, staff, and surrounding community with an opportunity to experience a unique facet of academic pursuit by provid-

ing cultural, social, and educational activities. These services are conducive to the learning, social interaction and experiences of students while matriculating at Southern University at Shreveport. Student organizations include band, cheerleading, Student Government Association, and more.

ATHLETICS: Southern University at Shreveport offers intercollegiate basketball for men and women through the Louisiana Community Colleges Athletic Conference (LCCAC). The men and women’s teams compete in Division I basketball and are sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) through Region #23. In addition to basketball, the university has co-ed cheerleading, a dance team and band. COST/AID: Full-time students who attend Southern

University Shreveport and take 12 credit hours can expect to pay $327 to $543 per class. The average cost for books is $65 per credit hour. Tuition, fees and books cost approximately $2,950 for the full term. The university offers a wide range of scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, and loans from federal and state sources to assist students in funding their education.



Excellence • Integrity • Accountability • Service • Diversity


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COME BE SOUTHERN From training our community’s workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in global educational success and completion, Southern University Shreveport is committed to ensuring that we leave an indelible footprint in our community and beyond. As the only HBCU comprehensive community college in Louisiana, SUSLA an evergrowing population of full-time and part-time students. At SUSLA, we offer highquality education and opportunities for our students-which, in turn, contributes to the vibrancy of our local, state, national, and global economic community.





LO U I S I A N A COLLEG E TOWN S When you choose a college, you’re selecting more than a school. You’re also selecting a “home away from home” for the next four years. Every Louisiana college town has its own personality and unique offerings, so take a few minutes to read about these places that hold a special place in the hearts of alumni and memories that will last a lifetime.




Stretched along the banks of the beautiful Cane River, Natchitoches, the original French Colony in Louisiana, was founded by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis in 1714. It’s the oldest city in Louisiana and the oldest permanent settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase. At the heart of Natchitoches’ Historic District lies Front Street. Natchitoches has been included in “The South’s Best Small Town in Every State” for Louisiana by Southern Living Magazine for two consecutive years, and it is the home of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Located on Front Street, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of Louisiana athletes, coaches, and sports stars, while the Northwest Louisiana History Museum celebrates the region’s rich culture and storied history. Front Street is also a great place to shop, dine in local restaurants, or sit by Cane River Lake down on the Riverbank. Students at Northwestern State University love The Riverbank—a perfect place to study, have a picnic with friends, or relax under a shade tree. It is a picturesque setting that provides a great backdrop for random photo shoots and for capturing memories that will last a lifetime. The Riverbank also features a newly constructed stage and amphitheater which hosts numerous festivals

Clockwise from top: Winter Wonderland, relaxing by the river, festival fun

featuring local talent and nationally recognized musical artists throughout the year. In November, Natchitoches is transformed into a holiday wonderland. The city glows every night with more than 300,000 brightly-colored Christmas lights hung throughout downtown and on the Church Street bridge, and more than 100 Christmas set pieces made by the city’s utility department

line the bank across Cane River Lake. A dazzling display of fireworks light up the Natchitoches skies along the riverbank every Saturday for six weeks beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving. The world-famous Natchitoches Christmas Festival is always held on the first Saturday in December.

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New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street. The city has been described as the “most unique” in the United States, owing in large part to its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.  It’s no secret that jazz originated in New Orleans, and that this town has subsequently produced some of the most iconic jazz musicians and venues of all time. When you think “jazz,” you probably start hearing saxophones, pianos, and the double bass thumping along in your head. But many claim that jazz was born not with a horn, but with drums. New Orleans was one of the first places in the country where slaves were allowed to own drums. This instrument, combined with some community spirit,

was all it took to create one of the most pervasive musical traditions in the U.S. Along with its musical heritage, New Orleans is also known for its beautiful landmarks. City Park has earned a nationwide reputation for its beautiful landscaping, as well as the famous “Dueling Oaks”: two gigantic trees where, legend has it, Creole swordsmen once showed off their prowess. The park’s enormous oak trees with their cascading

Spanish moss, has made City Park a popular tourist destination for visitors. There’s plenty of room for all those park-goers: City Park takes the cake for the largest municipal park in the country. And don’t forget the festivals! More than 100 every year! Jazzfest, White Linen Night, French Market Festival, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Celebration in the Oaks—and so many others. The city of New Orleans recently marked its historical 300 year anniversary. Come visit, to join us for the continued celebration!

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College Towns HAMMOND 45 miles east of Baton Rouge, 45 miles northwest of New Orleans Home to: Southeastern Louisiana University Population: 21,000 Highlights: Gumbo Ya Ya, Strawberry Jubilee, Hot August Night, Louisiana Renaissance Festival, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Global Wildlife Festivals Acadiens


Center, Middendorf’s Restaurant, local breweries Mardi Gras celebration

40 miles west of Baton Rouge, 135 miles west of New Orleans Home to: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Population: 125,000 Highlights: Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadiens, Cajun Mardi Gras, Blue Dog Café, Vermilionville, Cajun and Creole restaurants, Avery Island, swamp tours


The annual Peach Festival


30 miles west of Monroe, 60 miles east of Shreveport


80 miles west of New Orleans, 40 miles east of Lafayette Home to: Louisiana State University and Southern University Population: 225,000

Home to: Louisiana Tech University

Highlights: Louisiana Art & Science Museum,

Population: 22,000

Rural Life Museum, Raising Cane’s River Center

Highlights: Historic Downtown District, Lincoln Parish Park, Dixie Center for the Arts, Ponchatoulas Restaurant, Lake D’Arbonne, Louisiana Military Museum

(concerts, Broadway shows, special events), USS Kidd, Manship Theatre, State Capitol, Live After Five concerts, upscale shopping at Perkins Rowe and Towne Center, numerous fine dining restaurants and casual eateries

Southern University Marching Band


FIERCE for YOUR future



The Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders. .



I got a scholarship! Most students are amazed to learn just how many scholarships are available. The best place to start is the college or university you plan to attend, as they offer their own scholarships based on merit, field of study, and financial need. But be creative and resourceful in looking for additional financial help. Be sure to check with your church, your high school, the nonprofits in your community, professional organizations, and the workplaces of your parents and relatives. For example, many hospitals and healthcare companies offer scholarships to employees’ children who plan to pursue a healthcare career. It’s the same for many businesses and industrial fields. If you have been involved in a scouting or volunteer group, you may find opportunities there as well. And if you are an athlete, be sure to talk with your coach about sports scholarships. Here are just a few ways to “think outside the scholarship box.”


Unique scholarships

Young women who are interested in engineering should check out: swe.org

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer: Ulmanfoundation.org/scholarships

Do you love math? Go to: m3challenge.siam.org

If you are attending a historically black college or university (HBCU), go here: Uncf.org/scholarships

Religious or volunteer groups For Catholic students, check out the Knights of Columbus: worldscholarshipforum.com/ knights-columbus-scholarships United Methodist Church: Gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships

Julian James, a 2019 graduate of St. Frederick High School in Monroe, La., earned a 4-year U.S Army ROTC scholarship to University of Washington in Seattle. He will be an officer when he graduates from college.

Sports Groups such as the All-State Sugar Bowl and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association award scholarships to deserving Louisiana high school athletes: www.lhsca.org/scholarships https://allstatesugarbowl.org

Heritage scholarships The Hispanic Scholarship Fund: hsf.net


National Italian American Foundation: Niaf.org/programs/scholarships


United Negro College Fund: Uncf.org

GET CONNECTED Make sure you browse these websites when you start your search for scholarships. www.fastweb.com https://fedmoney.org www.finaid.org www.osfa.la.gov/tops Collegescholarships.com/local/Louisiana-scholarships Bestcollegereviews.org/scholarships/state/Louisiana


Jennifer Gray Connecting with a global audience BY EMILY KERN HEBERT


s a small town Louisiana girl, Jennifer Gray was introduced to meteorology during a job shadowing program her senior year of high school. She went on to study journalism and meteorology in college and, after several years of working at smaller stations and a little bit of luck, Gray landed her dream job at CNN. Today, Gray works as a meteorologist for CNN based in Atlanta, and covers everything from hurricanes to earthquakes to wildfires to floods. She’s been at CNN for six years now, and offers the following advice to high school students and their parents: “There’s nothing wrong with starting college and not knowing exactly what you want to do,” she says. “Don’t force one thing or another because you think you’re going to make more money. You should have fun every day and do something you love.”

“There’s nothing wrong with starting college and not knowing exactly what you want to do.”


Gray’s family roots stretch throughout the state of Louisiana, and with family still here, she considers Louisiana her home. Her father’s family is from the New Orleans area, and she lived in Baton Rouge for a short time as a toddler. Before kindergarten, her family moved to Bossier City. “I loved fishing off of my grandmother’s pier,” she says. “We would play in the creeks and in the woods. It was wonderful growing up there.” She had her first introduction to a newsroom during her senior year of high school, when she participated in a mentoring program and was placed at the local ABC affiliate, KTBS, in Shreveport. While answering phones in the newsroom, she became friends with the station’s



CNN sent Gray to cover the flooding in Baton Rouge in 2016.


meteorologist, Janine D’Adamo. “She showed me everything she did, and I just started falling in love with it,” Gray says. When choosing a college, Gray says she was the first person in her family who didn’t attend LSU. “I was a homebody,” she says. “The thought of going to a big school that far from home made me nervous.” Instead, she chose to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and then she entered the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State. At NSU, Gray says, she fell in love with the people there and, although quite shy, became involved in many of the programs


and was able to break out of her shell. Being a student at a small university, she says, gave her opportunities she’s not sure she would have had at a larger school, including a study abroad program in Madrid her senior year. “It gave me an adventurous spirit, and it was perfect for me,” she says of her time at NSU. “I definitely would not be at CNN today had I not gone through the program at that time.” Gray’s experience in the NSU journalism program was hands on, she says. She learned to write scripts, shoot video and edit news packages for television, even getting experience reporting the weather twice a week. “It gave us a really realistic view of what the TV industry was going to be like,” she says. “People think it’s going to be glamorous, but it’s very long hours, working weekends and holidays, and not making a lot of money at first.” While at NSU, Gray was fortunate to land an internship

“Try to meet as many people in the industry as possible and say yes as much as possible.”

When she saw this destruction at a school library, Gray organized a book drive, which collected 2,500 books to replace those lost during the flood.

at Good Morning America. At the time, Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson were anchors and Tony Perkins was the weather caster. On the last day of her internship, Gray says Perkins invited her to report the weather on air, which was a thrilling experience for the college senior. After graduating from college, Gray


States, Gray also reports on volcanoes, earthquakes and other science-related news around the world, as well as any space-related items. Gray also does some reporting for CNN International and HLN. “Anything science related, they call you to be the expert on,” she says, so she is expected to be familiar with topography and pronunciations of towns and landmarks all over the world. “That part can be stressful, but it also makes you better,” she says. Once a student has chosen a career path, Gray wants them to know that there is no easy way to reach the top. “You need to try to meet as many people in that industry as possible. Say yes as much as possible, and just be eager, even if you’re working for free for a little bit and even if it’s not exactly what you want to do because that can lead to other things. These are the people who are going to hire you,” she says. “Never say no to a project or extra hours or a holiday or weekend. You have to pay your dues and work your way up.” The best thing for a student to do is internships, Gray says. “Go to a job site and say, ‘Can I shadow you?’ so you can know if that’s the type of job you want to do or not.” Gray says there is one thing she would do differently if she could, and that is step out of her comfort zone early on, and not be afraid to try new things. “When I first entered college, maybe there were things I was too shy to do,” she says. “I became less shy toward the end, but if I had lived that way from the beginning, it would have made the experience more enjoyable.” The most challenging part of her career is balancing family life with work. Gray recently returned to work from a maternity leave after having her second child. The station could call at the last minute, and Gray says she would need to get on a plane to cover a breaking weather story. With a one-way ticket, that becomes more difficult now, especially with a family, and can add a lot of stress, she says. However, the most rewarding part of her career is hoping she can make a difference, whether that means warning people about approaching severe weather, giving safety advice about not driving into flood water, or sharing tornado or blizzard safety tips. “It’s been a dream come true,” Gray says of her work.

“Step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to try new things.”

Gray with her husband Chris, her toddler Caden, and newborn Cooper.

Gray worked at the news desk during her time as a student at Northwestern in Natchitoches.

worked for the NBC affiliate in Beaumont, Texas, as well as KTBS in Shreveport. Gray also worked occasionally as a freelance reporter for GMA covering weather related stories in Louisiana, including the first Mardi Gras celebration after Hurricane Katrina. Her career then brought her to Miami, where she worked as the weekend morning show meteorologist and a feature reporter for the NBC affiliate there. “I really loved local news. I loved Miami,” she says. However, Gray was going through a contract negotiation at the Miami station when she learned of the job opening at CNN and decided to take a chance and interview for it. “This job basically fell out of the sky. I wasn’t expecting it,” she says. At CNN, Gray is responsible for covering weather-related news Monday through

Friday, from noon until 9 p.m. “CNN covers weather when it’s making news. If it’s a big story, you’ll be on the air every hour,” she says.   Her reporting brought her to the Baton Rouge area, covering the unprecedented flooding in August 2016 that devastated south Louisiana and submerged thousands of houses and businesses.   During her time in Louisiana, Gray visited a school library where every book was destroyed by floodwater. Not wanting to feel helpless, she helped to coordinate a book drive, collecting 2,500 books to replace those that had been damaged. “My heart broke for the people impacted by the flood,” Gray says. “I met so many

“Just be eager, even if you’re working for free … and even if it’s not exactly what you want to do … because that can lead to other things.”


people who lost everything. When I walked into the Southside Elementary library in Denham Springs, the devastation brought me to tears. Children need structure … a safe place to go and learn—and to see that destroyed—broke my heart. Being from Louisiana, it hit me even harder. I felt like I had to do something.” Besides keeping viewers informed of catastrophic weather events affecting the United


At LSU, you’ll learn from world-renowned professors and career mentors who have a true passion for sharing their knowledge and time with you so you’re prepared to take on the world when you graduate. 3 OUT OF 4 CLASSES HAVE FEWER THAN 40 STUDENTS 2 OUT OF 3 STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH ZERO DEBT #1 IN LOUISIANA: BEST VALUE, HIGHEST GRADUATION RATE, HIGHEST AVERAGE STARTING SALARIES, ONLY TOP-TIER PUBLIC UNIVERSITY



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Convenient, exciting and dynamic, social media has forever changed the way we connect with friends and strangers across the globe. Most users agree that social media’s various platforms can be satisfying, inspiring and useful, while also having annoying downsides that can make you feel vulnerable or exposed. Millennials and Gen-Zers active in the job market or online dating world are at a complicated juncture when it comes to social media. How much do you share? What accounts should you deactivate? What should young adults do to reap the benefits of social media while avoiding the headaches?

DO: Act online as you would in public

DON’T: Overshare on a dating website

Social media platforms may feel anonymous, but they’re really more like

Online dating is commonplace, but there are steps you can take to en-

virtual social gatherings. If you act as though your fellow Twitter and

sure your experience is safe. Consider using a separate email account

Instagram followers are real people (which they are) and in the same

when you sign up for a dating website, as well as a P.O. box if an address

room with you, you’re more inclined to share or post in a dignified man-

is required. On your first date, tell a friend where you’re going and report

ner. Some young adults disable their social media accounts when job

back to them when you get home. Use your first name only in early com-

hunting, but a better strategy is to create an online imprint that you can

munications until you’re comfortable revealing more.

be proud of, suggests the Center for Association Leadership. Don’t use bad grammar, profanity, or brag about how drunk you were the night before. Save those unrestricted, casual moments for face-to-face meet-ups with trusted friends, and use social media to build a positive brand.

DO: Maintain your social media platform passwords Be sure you keep your passwords in a safe place in case you need to

DO: Use LinkedIn to showcase your most relevant experience

make changes to your accounts or shut them down. Facebook, in particular, makes it next to impossible to shut down your account without your password, so be sure to keep passwords current and readily available.

LinkedIn might lack the instant gratification of other social media platforms, but it is essential for job seekers who use the platform to post resumés, study up on trends in their chosen fields and make virtual business connections. According to Inc. Magazine leadership guru Peter Economy, it’s essential that young adults populate their LinkedIn page with quality, not quantity. In other words, don’t include weekend lawn cutting and a professional setting.

You might delete a post, but remember that the internet archives everything. Always err on the side of restraint when posting on any social media platform.


part-time fast food jobs when you’re trying to land a full-time position in

DON’T: Post anything, anywhere, you might regret in the future



Safe and Sound Good advice for Generation Z

Stay fit!

Everyone’s heard of the “freshman fifteen,” a reference to the tendency to gain weight during your first year in college. But the truth is that any major life event can affect your health and fitness level—moving to a new city, getting married, or starting a new job, for example. Taking good care of yourself means getting regular exercise, which could be as simple as going for a daily walk or making routine trips to the gym. Find a buddy to work out with you. It keeps you accountable and makes exercise a lot more fun!

Down in the dumps

It’s normal to worry about grades, deadlines, relationship problems or work issues, but if that “down in the dumps” feeling just won’t go away, it might be time to seek help. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more and more young people are being diagnosed with depression—but medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes can have a positive effect. Be alert to these warning signs: changes in appetite, excessive sleeping, lack of interest in things that were once enjoyable, trouble concentrating, irritability, and thoughts of suicide. See your doctor if


your symptoms persist.


Just don’t do it

Any activity that takes your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel is considered distracted driving. This includes eating and drinking, talking on your phone, and (the absolute worst offense) … texting. Just don’t do it. No message is worth losing your license and certainly isn’t worth taking someone’s life. Set your smart phone to disable texts while you drive. It could literally save a life, including yours or that of a loved one.

Clear the air

If you’ve got a vaping habit, it’s time to quit. Physicians and health care professionals have long warned of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which have been marketed to teenagers with flavors like cotton candy, bubblegum and green apple. The “habit” became a crisis in mid September, when six deaths and 450 possible cases of lung illness were reported to be linked to vaping.






Learning to Heal– Training to Think


he hallway of the clinic is buzzing. In a room at the end of a long corridor, a woman cries out “I think I’m ready to push!” A strong nurse with a stern but friendly face acts quickly. She checks the patient, Victoria, and realizes her baby’s umbilical cord is wrapped around its neck. While keeping Victoria calm, the nurse carefully frees the baby and successfully delivers a new life into the world. This sounds like something from a television drama but it’s actually just an average day for students at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU). When tensions are high and a life is at stake, medical professionals who have had the opportunity to engage with simulation technology perform better. The lessons that students learn from participating in simulated clinical environments, patient interactions, and even emergency drills, such as bioterrorism and active shooter scenarios, cannot come from a textbook. Unlike most universities, FranU gives students new ways to engage meaningfully within their communities, learn through experience, and benefit from inter-professional collaboration. This provides graduates with a unique, innovative educational experience that makes them invaluable to their future teams and patients.


Professors like Tabitha Jones-Thomas, MSN, RN and director of Simulated Clinical Education, help prepare students of all disciplines for their future careers. Lessons are taught collaboratively to see that students regularly apply their textbook learning in live scenarios. They begin together in the debriefing room where students from nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science, physical therapy and more, come together to discuss and work through real patient scenarios. Together, they work to find the cause, cure and preventative steps for each patient—just like in a real medical setting.


FranU’s Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital, or SETH, gives students the benefit of learning in an immersive and very realistic simulated clinical environment. Professors are able to observe and coach to each student’s individual skill set, diagnostic reasoning, and other required competencies. This provides students the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming a patient. Located in the major medical corridor in Baton Rouge, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a small, Catholic, not-for-profit institution offering degrees in nursing, health sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences and natural sciences. Visit franu.edu to learn more.


FranU’s academic paths come with hands-on learning. Associate of Science

Physical Therapist Assistant Radiologic Technology

Bachelor of Arts Psychology


Bachelor of Business Administration Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Nursing • Biology Respiratory Therapy


Health Administration Physician Assistant Studies Family Nurse Practitioner Nutritional Sciences


Nurse Anesthesia Physical Therapy


Applied Behavioral Analysis Catholic Theology & Catechesis Phlebotomy

5414 BRITTANY DRIVE • BATON ROUGE, LA 70808 • 225.768.1700 • FRANU.EDU




he Southern University System has something for everyone, with three distinct undergraduate campuses in three of the largest cities in Louisiana. At Southern University Baton Rouge, a four-year institution, students are offered a vast array of programs, including business, computer science, journalism, music, and engineering. Students are also involved in several organizations and extracurricular activities such as the world-renowned Human Jukebox Marching Band. Southern University at New Orleans, also a four-year institution, has a large portfolio of degree programs focusing on arts, sciences, and education. The campus’ central location in the Crescent City makes it ideal for both residential and commuter students. Southern University Shreveport, a two-year institution, offers a wide range of associate and certificate programs. Some of the most popular are accounting, dental hygiene and computer information systems. All campuses also offer a growing list of online degree programs.


Go to www.sus.edu for more information about these campuses and apply today.





force the working world offers a different path to success

High-demand skilled trades to consider The job interview: Make a great impression




As technology advances, so does the demand for cybertech professionals. An emerging field is cybersecurity, which addresses data breaches, computer viruses and mobile malware.


Talent, trades, technology A new attitude and another path to success BY EMILY KERN HEBERT

an amazing rate,” Taylor says. Welding, process technology, health care, electrical line technology, HVAC, drafting and construction management are also popular fields where LCTCS students can find well-paying jobs, he says. Students who pursue a two-year associate degree at one of Louisiana’s community colleges are able to transfer those credits to a four-year university, Taylor says. One of the advantages of the transfer route is the much lower cost of a community college and the chance to adapt to college life on a smaller scale. “It allows students an opportunity to mature,” he says. “Once they get a taste of it, they’re better prepared to transfer to a four-year university and complete their bachelor’s degree.” Another growing field is the IT sector. For instance, many students who graduate from Baton Rouge Community College with a two-year associate degree

in computer science are going to work for IBM, he says. In the past, there has been a stigma and perception that community and technical colleges were somehow ‘less than’ other programs and not a viable option, but according to Tayor, those perceptions are changing because those schools can demonstrate the impact they have on the job market. Students and parents are encouraged to do their research when looking for a vo-tech school, a community college, or a training program. Ask to speak to a recent graduate. Find out what kind of jobs students are getting, and what they are earning. Most programs do a good job of aligning with the needs of local business and industry, and then implementing those requirements into the curriculum. It’s a relationship that supports the local work force, stimulates the job market, and produces talented, skilled young professionals with bright futures.


Students who want to step into the working world as soon as possible have plenty of options—an associate degree, on-the-job training programs, or professional certification, for example. “We’re really good at training and preparing students to go to work,” says Quintin Taylor, chief public affairs officer of Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges. The LCTCS is comprised of 12 comprehensive community and technical colleges across the state, which offer short-term workforce programs, in addition to two-year associate degrees. One program currently in demand is the commercial driver’s license program, where students earn a CDL and become certified during a four-to-six week program depending on the level of certification. Most people don’t realize these drivers have a starting salary of between $45,000 and $60,000. “Our students are being hired at



INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN (Electronics and electrical)

• Works mostly in chemical plants, petroleum refineries and industrial settings • Monitor atmospheric and environmental changes in industrial areas and buildings • Test, calibrate, install and repair monitoring devices • Diagnose faults in circuitry and wiring SALARY: $15.55/hour entry level, $37.62/hour experienced

WELDER • Take metal components and use extreme heat to fuse them together to form a final product • Need the strength and skill to manage welding equipment • Operate and maintain the machines, equipment and structures used in their daily job tasks • Usually work in industrial, motor vehicle, shipbuilding, construction and steel industries SALARY: $15.34/hour entry level, $35.97/hour experienced

PHLEBOTOMIST • Identifies patients via ID, medical record, etc. • Draws blood and collects samples from patients • Labels samples and sends them out for testing and analysis • Phlebotomists most often work in hospitals, labs, clinics, surgical


centers and other health care centers.


SALARY: $10.13/hour entry level, $18.65/hour experienced


CLOUD COMPUTING (Computer and information systems management)

• IT specialist who is also referred to as a cloud engineer • Responsible for technological duties associated with cloud computing—support, maintenance, design, management, planning • Knowledgeable about file storage, cloud processes, and managing data across a number of remotely located servers SALARY: $28.89/hour entry level, $51.14/hour typical

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RYAN BOYCE HIGH SCHOOL: Mandeville High School AGE: 22 TRAINING: Delgado Community College and on-the-job at Louisiana CAT DEGREE: Associate’s degree in Applied Science EMPLOYEE: Louisiana CAT, Prairieville WHAT DOES A HEAVY MACHINERY TECHNICIAN DO? Perform general and advanced maintenance and repair on any dealer-supplied machine, truck, engine, etc.

ON THE JOB Troubleshoot and repair machines Keep a clean and organized work area Help other technicians who need assistance Do a safety walk multiple times a day to ensure colleagues are performing tasks in a safe manner

You are a problem solver



You have a strong work ethic


YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THIS OPTION IF: You are good at communication and are organized

What I like most about my job is that we treat each other like family. When one of us has a problem with a task (machine, valves, engines or electrical issues), no one is going to tell you something to steer you in the wrong direction. We look out for one another whether it’s helping with the physical task or making sure everything is done safely. A family never wants to see one another fail or get hurt.


Louisiana Diploma Pathway In 2014, Louisiana opened doors for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials they need to be successful in college or a career through the Jump Start Diploma Pathway. The Jump Start Diploma Pathway is available for students who want to further their education in college or a training program and pursue a high-quality employment opportunity, or who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation. Either way, students will have the credentials they need to pursue a career that interests them.

Over 50 pathways and certifications are available in Louisiana’s high demand, highwage industries such as:

• Advanced Manufacturing

• Health Sciences

• Agriculture

• Hospitality and Tourism

• Construction Crafts • Emergent Media • Engineering

“My CNA experience in high school gave me a jump start on my college training, because I had clinical experience that my other peers didn’t have.”

• Information Technology • STEM

“My instructors at the EBR Career and Technical Education Center showed me what the real world would expect of me and prepared me to enter the workforce.” Lutfi Abuhajah, 2019 graduate of East Baton Rouge Parish pursuing a career as a mechanical engineer

Abby Overstreet, 2015 Ascension parish graduate pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from UL

“Jump Start provides you with the skills you need to be successful in any career. The courses and experiences I had led me into the electrical field.” Dylan Bourke, 2018 graduate of Central Community Schools pursuing a career as a Journeyman Electrician

“My advice to high school students is to find what you are passionate about. I always loved working on cars, and now I get to do that every day and it doesn’t feel like coming to work for me.” Isaac Olguin, 2019 graduate of East Baton Rouge Parish pursuing a career in auto mechanics

For more information, visit Louisiana Believes* or email JUMPSTART@LA.GOV. *https://www.louisianabelieves.com/



A firm handshake. Good eye contact. A business suit and a confident smile. Those are some of the tried and true tips passed along to generations of first-time interviewers. But in this day and age of relaxed dress codes and video screenings, what does a job seeker really need to know about interviewing? Experts say the basics still apply, but that old school awareness is now joined by other considerations. Job seekers need to be tech savvy and have great interpersonal skills to stand out from the crowd.

tips for first time interviewees: Match resumé key words with job requirements

Employers often complain they receive loads of resumés that don’t seem to jibe with what they’re looking for, which suggests that applicants either aren’t qualified, or they’re not structuring their resumés to showcase relevant skills. According to indeed. com, job seekers should always read the qualifications listed for a position carefully, and include similar keywords to detail their experience

Take time to prepare for video interviews

A growing number of first-time interviews are conducted via Skype or an equivalent video program, or through a video portal that invites interviewees to respond to pre-recorded questions. Make sure the setting is quiet and free of distracting noises or backgrounds. Dress well and make sure your connection and equipment are functioning properly before the interview starts.

Send a thank-you note Make a point of asking for the business card of the person interviewing you, so you can send a personal, handwritten thank-you note demonstrating your appreciation of their time. This can go a long way in helping you stand out from your competitors, and it’s just plain good manners.

before posting.

Dress appropriately

Sure, more workplaces enable employees to dress down, but that doesn’t mean you should arrive at an interview in jeans and a T-shirt … even in a field that would ultimately allow it in the workplace. According to the LSU Olinde Career Center, job seekers should arrive at a face-to-face interview well-groomed and in “professional attire,” no matter what the dress code of the office may be.

Practice answering questions


Employers tend to pose the same types of questions to entry level interviewees, so a quick Google search or a trip to a career services center will reveal the kinds of questions you may be asked. Practice responding clearly and concisely to a friend or mentor. Employers are trying to learn about your ability to lead, take the initiative, get along with colleagues and work hard, so think of examples from school or work that reveal these skills.





Heal the hurting—restore the broken: Hometown heroes in training


elping people feels good, but being the one to help during an emergency feels even better. Think of the comfort in knowing that paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT), and other critical care specialists are ready and waiting to act when they receive a call. EMT and paramedic training could be the first step towards a career you love and work you can really take pride in. A paramedic is a respected member of the community—a hometown hero. Unlike many careers, EMT training can begin right after high school with no prior degree. After only four months, EMT training is complete and students can begin working while continuing on to complete their paramedic training. The National EMS Academy (NEMSA) maintains six campuses in Louisiana. The online-hybrid component and classroom simulation days give students the flexibility to work while completing their training. NEMSA instructors are friendly and accommodating—working with students to help them manage their time and complete their coursework.


Information sessions are an essential part of the enrollment process for EMT, Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) and paramedic programs. At an information session, students learn about the hybrid online program schedule, enrollment processes, current tuition, financial aid options, and payment options. Instructors will be available to answer questions in the chat during and after the session. All information sessions are held online via WebEx. You can view and attend an information session from a computer or mobile device. If you do not have access to the internet, please visit your local library. Without a doubt, EMS workers provide an invaluable service. They literally carry lives in their hands, and they work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others. Visit nationalemsacademy.com to learn more and to sign up for an info session or call 1-866-459-3500.



Aeromedical flight paramedic Offshore remote medics


Classroom training


Mock DUI accident

Training simulation


Become a medic! Classes begin soon at a National EMS Academy campus near you!



An educational partnership with South Louisiana Community College. South Louisiana Community College’s National EMS Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.



The Future Of Work Dr. Jim Henderson | University of Louisiana System

The rapid advancement of technology, the ubiquity of automation, and seemingly endless applications for artificial intelligence are changing the very nature of work. If a task is predictable or repetitive, there is high probability that task will be automated in the coming years. We are already seeing this in practice. Have you been to McDonald’s lately? Did you order from monitors in the lobby, or even better, did you order from the mobile app and just drive up and grab your food? You may miss hearing, “Do you want fries with that?” but McDonald’s is enjoying the cost savings associated with fewer employees while focusing on the customer experience. That same phenomenon is occurring in virtually every sector of the economy: manufacturing, energy, healthcare, financial services, information technology, and so on. These advancements should not conjure feelings of fear, but those of excitement and promise, especially for you. As you finish your high school journey and look to the next step, you have the power to prepare yourself for the future of work. A bachelor’s degree from a University of Louisiana System member institution is your ticket to social mobility and economic prosperity. I encourage you to take a serious look at our nine member institutions. Whether you choose to be a GSU Tiger, LA Tech Bulldog, McNeese Cowboy, Nicholls Colonel, Northwestern Demon, Southeastern Lion, UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajun, ULM Warhawk, or UNO Privateer, your future is bright. Each of our universities is unique with distinct missions and specialties providing a world-class education and building a foundation for lifelong learning. Congratulations on reaching this educational milestone, but remember, the future belongs to learners.


For your future. For our future.





Just a ‘tap’ away Want to put UL Lafayette at your fingertips? There’s an app for that. GeauxU connects graduates and Look for this icon supporters to the University when downloading via smartphone and tablet. UL Lafayette’s Users can view news stories, GeauxU app. interact with official social media feeds, take a virtual campus tour, easily update their contact information, and reserve tickets for alumni events. “GeauxU is about engaging graduates and connecting them to their alma mater,” said Troy Hebert, president of the UL Lafayette Alumni Association. “It has features that give users the opportunity to become regular participants in University life, whether they live on campus, across the country or in another part of the world.” Users can also connect with alumni clubs by location and with chapters that align with their professions or interests. The app is available from the App Store and on GooglePlay.

Good news for Tech grads Louisiana Tech University has been named one of the state’s top colleges for early- and mid-career salaries for graduates in Payscale’s 2019 College Salary Report. Tech graduates with fewer than five years experience in the workplace will earn median salaries of $53,000, while graduates with approximately 10 years in the workplace earn median salaries of just over $100,000. Ranked second among public universities in the state for early-career salaries, Tech awards nearly a quarter of its degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas. “Ranked by mid-career salary (10 or more years of experience), Louisiana Tech often takes the lead as the college with some of the highest paid graduates,” the report stated.

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Public Colleges & Universities About the list Sources: University websites, Louisiana Board of Regents and the National Center for Education Statistics; data are for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment statistics include total Fall 2018 enrollment. Tuition represents annual tuition for full-time, first-time and in-state undergraduate students. Tuition and fees change frequently; check with each school’s admissions office for updates.

Grambling State University 403 Main St. Grambling, La. 71245 (318) 274-3811/(800) 569-4714 gram.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $7,435 Student-to-faculty ratio: 24 to 1 Enrollment: 5,227 Popular programs: Accounting; biology; business administration; criminal justice and safety studies; engineering; communications; parks, recreation and leisure studies; physical education teaching and coaching; psychology; social work and youth services 


Louisiana State University and A&M College


112 Thomas Boyd Hall Baton Rouge, La. 70803 (225) 578-1686 lsu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $10,758 Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1 Enrollment: 31,543 Popular programs: Agriculture,

architecture, biology, business, liberal arts and sciences, general teacher education, business, engineering, psychology and mass communication

Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1 Enrollment: 3,240 Popular programs: Business administration, firefighting and registered nursing

Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Louisiana State University in Shreveport

8100 Hwy. 71 South Alexandria, La. 71302 (318) 445-3672 lsua.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’s degree Tuition: $6,668 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1 Enrollment: 3,129 Popular programs: Registered nursing, business administration, psychology, liberal arts and sciences, criminal justice and elementary education

One University Pl. Shreveport, La. 71115 (318) 797-5000 lsus.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $7,147 Student-to-faculty ratio: 29 to 1 Enrollment: 7,036 Popular programs: Biology, business administration, communication, accounting, general studies and psychology

Louisiana State University at Eunice 2048 Johnson Hwy. Eunice, La. 70535 (337) 457-7311 lsue.edu Highest offering: Associate’s degree Tuition: $4,258

Louisiana Tech University 305 Wisteria Ave. Ruston, La. 71272 (318) 257-2000 latech.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $9,087 Student-to-faculty ratio: 23 to 1 Enrollment: 12,321

Popular programs: Psychology, kinesiology and exercise science, biological sciences, business administration, accounting, engineering, elementary and secondary education, animal sciences, and architecture

LSU Health Sciences Center — New Orleans 433 Bolivar St. New Orleans, La. 70112 (504) 568-4808 lsuhsc.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $9,032 Student-to-faculty ratio: 3 to 1 Enrollment: 2,808 Popular programs: Allied health professions, medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health and graduate studies

LSU Health Sciences Center — Shreveport 1501 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, La. 71103 (318) 675-8769 lsuhscshreveport.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D.

Tuition: $8,356 Student-to-faculty ratio: 3 to 1 Enrollment: 890 Popular programs: Health professions and related programs, biological and biomedical sciences

McNeese State University 4205 Ryan St. Lake Charles, La. 70605 (337) 475-5000 mcneese.edu Highest offering: Post-master’s certificate Tuition: $7,225 Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1 Enrollment: 7,647 Popular programs: General studies, registered nursing, engineering, business administration and management, and kinesiology and exercise science

Nicholls State University University Station, La. 1 Thibodaux, La. 70310 (877) 642-4655 or (504) 448-4510 (877) NICHOLLS (toll free) nicholls.edu Highest offering: Post-master’s

S C H O O L D I R E C TO RY certificate Tuition: $7,641 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1 Enrollment: 6,527 Popular programs: Accounting, business administration, education, engineering, biology and culinary arts

Northwestern State University of Louisiana University Pkwy. Natchitoches, La. 71497 (318) 358-6011 nsula.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./ M.D. Tuition: $8,286 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1 Enrollment: 11,056 Popular programs: Business administration, biology, speech communication and rhetoric, registered nursing, family and consumer sciences, psychology, history, theatre arts, and criminal justice

University of Louisiana at Monroe 700 University Ave. Monroe, La. 71209 (318) 342-1000 ulm.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $8,282 Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1 Enrollment: 9,061 Popular programs: Biology, Toxicology, psychology, business administration, mass communication, registered nursing, general studies, and elementary education and teaching

Southeastern Louisiana University 548 Ned McGehee Ave. Hammond, La. 70402 (985) 549-2000 selu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./ M.D. Tuition: $7,772 Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1 Enrollment: 14,335 Popular programs: Business administration, registered nursing, education, family and consumer sciences, general studies, and psychology

Southern University and A&M College

Southern University in New Orleans 6400 Press Dr. New Orleans, La. 70126 (504) 286-5000 suno.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Tuition: $6,571 Student-to-faculty ratio: 18 to 1 Enrollment: 2,355 Popular programs: Biology, business administration, criminal justice, psychology and social work

Southern University in Shreveport 3050 Martin Luther King Dr. Shreveport, La. 71107 (318) 670-6000 susla.edu Highest offering: Associate’s degree Tuition: $3,996 Student-to-faculty ratio: 21 to 1 Enrollment: 2,651 Popular programs: Business, criminal justice, registered nursing and general studies

University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 University Cir. Lafayette, La. 70503 (337) 482-1000 louisiana.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./ M.D. Tuition: $9,450 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1 Enrollment: 17,288 Popular programs: Biology, finance, communication, business administration, physical education, psychology, engineering and registered nursing

University of New Orleans

Within Reach. Without Limits.

2000 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans, La. 70148 (888) 514-4275 uno.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $8,644 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1 Enrollment: 8,167 Popular programs: Biology, business administration, accounting, theatre arts and psychology



801 Harding Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. 70807 (225) 771-4500 subr.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D.

Tuition: $8,080 Student-to-faculty ratio: 24 to 1 Enrollment: 6,693 Popular programs: Biology, agriculture, mass communication, business administration, registered nursing and criminal justice



Private Colleges & Universities About the list Sources: university websites and the National Center for Education Statistics; data are for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment statistics include Fall 2018 total enrollment. Tuition data are for full-time, first-time and in-state undergraduate students. Tuition and fees change frequently; check with each school’s admission office for updates.

Centenary College

Louisiana College

2911 Centenary Blvd. Shreveport, La. 71104 (318) 869-5011/(800) 234-4448 centenary.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Enrollment: 585 Tuition and fees: $36,580  Application deadline: Early action, Nov. 15, May 1. Early action II, Dec. 15; Regular decision, Feb. 15 Student/faculty ratio: 9:1 Popular programs: Biology, business, communication and media studies, psychology, and music

1140 College Drive Pineville, La. 71359 (318) 487-7011 lacollege.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Enrollment: 1,245 Tuition and fees: $17,000 Application deadline: Rolling Student/faculty ratio: 11:1 Popular programs: Registered nursing, health and physical education, social work, and biology


Dillard University


2601 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, La. 70122 (504) 283 - 8822 dillard.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’s degree Enrollment: 1,309 Tuition and fees: $17,918 Application deadline: Rolling Student/faculty ratio: 14:1 Popular programs: Nursing, biology, business, mass communication, public health, psychology and sociology

Loyola University New Orleans 6363 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, La. 70118 (504) 865-3240 loyno.edu Highest offering: M.D. Enrollment: 4,261 Tuition and fees: $39,942 Application deadline: Early action, Nov. 15; Priority decision, Feb. 15; Regular decision, Apr. 15 Student/faculty ratio: 12:1 Popular programs: Psychology, marketing, business, speech communication and rhetoric, music management, creative writing, and criminology

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Saint Joseph Seminary College

3939 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, La. 70126 (504) 282-4455/(800) 662-8701 nobts.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 2,112 Tuition and fees: $8,620 Application deadline: Rolling Student/faculty ratio: 8:1 Popular programs: Christian ministry, biblical ministry and music with an emphasis in worship

75376 River Rd. St. Benedict, La. 70457 (985) 892-1800 sjasc.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’s degree Enrollment: 143 Tuition and fees: $18,230 Application deadline: Aug. 1 Student/faculty ratio: 7:1 Popular programs: Liberal arts and sciences, liberal studies and theological studies

4123 Woodland Dr. New Orleans, La. 70131 (504) 394-7744/(800) 259-7744 uhcno.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 1,255 Tuition and fees: $14,180 Application deadline: Fall semester Jul. 1; Spring semester Dec. 1; Summer semester Apr. 1 Student/faculty ratio: 10:1 Popular programs: Business, psychology and health professions

Tulane University

Xavier University

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 5414 Brittany Dr. Baton Rouge, La. 70808 (225) 768-1700 franu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 1,368 Tuition and fees: $13,287 Application deadline: Programspecific Student/faculty ratio: 8:1 Popular programs: Biology, registered nursing, radiologic technology, health service administration and other health professions

6823 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, La. 70118 (504) 865-5000 tulane.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Enrollment: 12,646 Tuition and fees: $54,820 Application deadline: Early action, Nov. 15; Early decision, Nov. 1; Regular decision, Jan. 15 Student/faculty ratio: 8:1 Popular programs: Business, finance, marketing, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology, and health professions

University of Holy Cross

1 Drexel Dr. New Orleans, La. 70125 (504) 486-7411 xula.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Enrollment: 3,231 Tuition and fees: $24,348 Application deadline: Fall semester, rolling; Spring semester, Dec. 1 Student/faculty ratio: 15:1 Popular programs: Biology, business, chemistry, health professions, communication and media studies, social sciences, and psychology


Community & Technical Colleges About the list Schools listed are part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Programs offered vary by campus. Not all instructional sites or campuses are listed; some schools offer classes or instruction at additional sites. Visit lctcs.edu or one of the campus websites listed below for additional information about your region. You may also find the data compiled at College Scorecard, collegescorecard.ed.gov, useful in finding the right school.

Baton Rouge Community College MID CITY CAMPUS 201 Community College Drive Baton Rouge, La. 70806 (866) 217-9823 mybrcc.edu BUSINESS TRAINING CENTER 350 North Donmoor Baton Rouge, La. 70806 ACADIAN CAMPUS 3250 N. Acadian Thruway E. Baton Rouge, La. 70805 HOOPER ROAD CAMPUS 10700 Hooper Road Central, La. 70818 JACKSON CAMPUS 3337 La. 10 Jackson, La. 70748 NEW ROADS CAMPUS 605 Hospital Road New Roads, La. 70760 PORT ALLEN CAMPUS 3233 Rosedale Road Port Allen, La. 70767 FRAZIER SITE CAMPUS 555 Julia St. Baton Rouge, La. 70801

Bossier Parish Community College 6220 East Texas St. Bossier City, La. 71111 (318) 678-6000 bpcc.edu

Central Louisiana Technical Community College ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS 4311 South MacArthur Drive Alexandria, La. 71302 (318) 487-5439 cltcc.edu AVOYELLES CAMPUS 508 Choupique St. Cottonport, La. 71327 FERRIDAY CAMPUS 2100 E.E. Wallace Blvd. Ferriday, La. 71334

ROD BRADY CAMPUS 521 East Bradford St. Jena, La. 71483

Louisiana Delta Community College

NATCHITOCHES CAMPUS 6587 Highway 1 Bypass, P.O. Box 657 Natchitoches, LA 71457

7500 Millhaven Road Monroe, La. 71203 (866) 500-LDCC (318) 345-9000 ladelta.edu

SABINE VALLEY CAMPUS 1255 Fisher Road Many, LA 71449

BASTROP CAMPUS 729 Kammell St. Bastrop, La. 71221

Delgado Community College

JONESBORO CAMPUS 236 Industrial Drive Jonesboro, La. 71251

615 City Park Ave. New Orleans, La. 70119 (504) 671-5000 dcc.edu

LAKE PROVIDENCE CAMPUS 156 Highway 883-1 Lake Providence, La. 71254

WEST BANK CAMPUS 2600 General Meyer Ave. New Orleans, La. 70114

RUSTON CAMPUS 1010 James St. Ruston, La. 71273

CHARITY SCHOOL OF NURSING 450 S. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, La. 70112

TALLULAH CAMPUS 132 Old Hwy. 65 South Tallulah, La. 71284

NORTHSHORE SLIDELL CAMPUS 320 E. Howze Beach Road I-10 Service Road Slidell, La. 70461 JEFFERSON CAMPUS 5200 Blair Drive Metairie, La. 70001 SIDNEY COLLIER CAMPUS 3727 Louisa St. New Orleans, La. 70126 MARITIME, FIRE AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FACILITY 13200 Old Gentilly Road New Orleans, La. 70129

Fletcher Technical Community College 1407 La. 311 Schriever, La. 70395 (985) 448-7900 fletcher.edu LAFOURCHE CAMPUS 1425 Tiger Drive Thibodaux, La. 70301 BP INTEGRATED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES CAMPUS 224 Weatherford Dr. Schriever, La. HOUMA CAMPUS 310 St. Charles St., Houma, La.

WEST MONROE CAMPUS 609 Vocational Parkway West Monroe, La. 71292 WINNSBORO CAMPUS 1710 Warren St. Winnsboro, La. 71295

Northshore Technical Community College 1710 Sullivan Drive Bogalusa, La. 70427 (985)732-6640 northshorecollege.edu FLORIDA PARISHES CAMPUS 948 La. 1042 Greensburg, La. 70441 HAMMOND CAMPUS 111 Pride Drive Hammond, La. 70401 LACOMBE CAMPUS 65556 Centerpoint Blvd., Lacombe PEARL RIVER CAMPUS 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River LIVINGSTON CAMPUS 11640 Burgess Ave., Walker FLORIDA PARISHES CAMPUS 7067 Hwy. 10, Greensburg SOUTHEASTERN INSTRUCTIONAL SERICE CENTER 900 B West University Ave., Hammond

Northwest Louisiana Technical College MINDEN CAMPUS 9500 Industrial Drive Minden, La. 71055 (318) 371-3035 nwltc.edu MANSFIELD CAMPUS 943 Oxford Road Mansfield, La. 71052 SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAMPUS 2010 N. Market St. Shreveport, La. 71137

Nunez Community College 3710 Paris Road Chalmette, La. 70043 (504) 278-6200 nunez.edu

River Parishes Community College 925 West Edenborne Parkway Gonzales, La. 70737 (225) 743-8500 rpcc.edu ASCENSION CAMPUS 9697 Airline Highway Sorrento, La. 70778 RESERVE CAMPUS 181 Regala Park Road Reserve, La. 70084 WESTSIDE CAMPUS 2520 Tenant Road Plaquemine, La. 70764

South Louisiana Community College 1101 Bertrand Drive Lafayette, La. 70506 (337) 521-9000 solacc.edu ACADIAN CAMPUS 1933 West Hutchinson Ave. Crowley, La. 70526 CHARLES B. COREIL CAMPUS 1124 Vocational Drive Ville Platte, La. 70586

EVANGELINE CAMPUS 6305 Main Hwy. St. Martinville, La. 70582 FRANKLIN CAMPUS 1013 Perret St. Franklin, La. 70538 GULF AREA CAMPUS 1301 Clover St. Abbeville, La. 70511 T.H. HARRIS CAMPUS 332 East South St. Opelousas, La. 70570 TECHE AREA CAMPUS 609 Ember Drive New Iberia, La. 70562 YOUNG MEMORIAL CAMPUS 900 Youngs Road Morgan City, La. 70380

Sowela Technical Community College 3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, La. 70615 (800) 256-0483 sowela.edu MORGAN SMITH CAMPUS 1230 North Main St. Jennings, La. 70546 OAKDALE CAMPUS 117 La. 1152 Oakdale, La. 71463

Programs Available At Lctcs Campuses Include: Computer science, finance and accounting, personal and culinary services, construction crafts, health care, protective services, electrical, industrial production, welding, engineering technology, mechanic and repair tech, general science, graphic arts, biological sciences and more. Go to lctcs.edu to do a customized search of programs that interest you and which campuses offer them. LaNEXT.com

HUEY P. LONG CAMPUS 304 South Jones St. Winnfield, La. 71483

LAMAR SALTER CAMPUS 15014 Lake Charles Highway Leesville, La. 71446



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2019 Louisiana Next  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of Louisiana NEXT—your guide a life after high school.

2019 Louisiana Next  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of Louisiana NEXT—your guide a life after high school.