School won’t enroll new students during revision
LAFAYETTE — South Louisiana Community College has decided to not enroll new students in 19 of its training programs in the spring and summer semesters to allow time for a thorough revamping of those programs, SLCC officials said.
The goal is to revise curricula to meet industry demand for skilled workers and, in some cases, accelerate classes to move students into the workforce more quickly, said Christine Payton, SLCC public relations director.
“We want students to be well-prepared for viable jobs that will sustain their families when they leave SLCC,” Payton said.
The college reviewed and revamped a popular technical program in nondestructive testing earlier this year and pared training time from 16 months to 12 to meet workforce demands, Payton said.
“We made that change to get students out in a year,” Payton said. “That’s a high-demand field and a high-wage field.”
The 19 technical programs will undergo a similar review to ensure they meet industry demands, Payton said.
The curriculum changes are planned for 19 programs. They are: business office administration; business office technology; information technology; aviation; civil surveying and mapping; drafting and design technology; industrial electronics tech; AC and refrigeration; automotive; carpentry; collision repair; cosmetology; culinary arts; diesel-powered equipment; electrician; heavy equipment operator; industrial/agriculture mechanics; machine tool technology; and welding.
The enrollment hiatus doesn’t affect the college’s allied health programs or those offered in nondestructive testing and energy and chemical process technology, Payton said.
Enrollment in the college’s general education courses and its associate degree programs also is not impacted by the curriculum change process, she said.