High school studentscan ‘Zoom into Careers’

Advocate staff report

Junior high and high school students can choose from an expanding list of exciting fields at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops.

New to this year’s Zoom lineup of 14 programs are animation, automotive technology, health care office administration, industrial and engineering technology, kinesiology, moviemaking, radio and welding. Favorite programs from previous years that will be offered include culinary arts, criminal justice, photography, television, theater and web design, SLU officials said.

“Our workshops are designed to explore many exciting career fields. Participants attending Zoom workshops are exposed to a real work environment that focuses on teamwork and project completion,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies. “At the end of the week, Zoom participants demonstrate what they have learned to family and friends.”

Workshops are open to all students in grades 7 through 12, and are held on the main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville.

Zoom Project Manager Charlotte Collins said the program this year has partnered with area high schools and the Northshore Technical Community College. Registration will be limited in each workshop to small groups, some as low as 10 participants. To ensure participation, she encourages interested students to register early.

Participants can take advantage of early-bird discounts by registering before April 26. Registration will continue through June 7 and is available online at http://www.southeastern.edu/zoom. Housing will be available to high school students at the main campus.

The 2013 Zoom into Careers workshops are:

Information about Zoom into Careers workshops is available at http://www.southeastern.edu/zoom, by emailing zoom@southeastern.edu, or by calling Southeastern Extended Studies, (800) 256-2771, (985) 549-2301; the St. Tammany Center, (985) 893-6251; or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, (225) 665-3303.