Acadiana briefs for Nov. 14, 2012

Nursing graduates
do well on exam

All of the graduates of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s nursing program from the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters passed the national licensure exam for nursing students the first time they took the test, a university official said.

A total of 127 nursing students from two UL-Lafayette graduating classes passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN, as first-time test takers, Dr. Lisa Broussard, department head and associate professor for the university’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, said in a news release.

Citing 2012 first-time pass rates on the exam released by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Broussard said UL-Lafayette’s passage rate exceeds the state average of 93 percent and the national average of 88 percent.

“These pass rates provide further verification of the rigor of our program,” Broussard said.

Over the course of the past 25 years, the average first-time pass rate for UL-Lafayette graduates has been 96.5 percent, exceeding both the state and national averages, according to Broussard.

Passage of the exam is required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for licensure of candidates, according to its website at

Job fair planned at New Iberia campus

South Louisiana Community College will hold a job fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at its New Iberia campus, 908 Ember Drive.

Area employers will be present with job opportunities for automotive technicians, aviation technicians, commercial vehicle operators, heavy equipment operators, industrial/agriculture/diesel mechanics, non-destructive testing, warehouse and logistics, and welders.

The job fair is sponsored by a High Growth and Emerging Industries grant held by SLCC.

Workshop to teach
presentation skills

The one-day workshop “Presentation Survival School” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday as part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Continuing Education program.

The workshop is designed to help participants master skills needed to improve public presentation skills and will cover such topics as communication skills, positive self-talk, making the most of meetings, body language, sticky situations and your speaking voice.

The fee is $250. For information or to register, call UL Lafayette Continuing Education at (337) 482-6386. To register online, go to

Compiled from
the Acadiana bureau