Acadiana Briefs for March 14, 2014

Application process opens for scholarships

May 1 is the deadline for South Louisiana Community College students to apply for more than $60,000 in available scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

New and continuing students may begin applying for SLCC scholarships Saturday. For more information or to apply, visit and click on Student Scholarships under Quick Links.

SLCC has campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville and Ville Platte.

For information about SLCC’s scholarships, contact Lana Fontenot at (337) 521-9026 or

School system to offer old GEE examination

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish School System will administer the old Graduation Exit Examination to those adults who must still pass all five parts of the exam to complete their high school diploma requirements.

The old GEE must be taken by those who became 10th-graders before the 1999-2000 school year. Any students who became a 10th-grader between 1988 and 1999 and did not pass all five parts of the old GEE are eligible to take the test on March 26 and March 27 at the School Board office, 113 Chaplin Drive. Retest students may take only those parts they did not pass.

To register, contact Laurie Rees, district test coordinator, at (337) 521-7029 by March 21.

Press Club to hold legislative forum

Acadiana legislators join the Acadiana Press Club’s newsmaker forum at noon March 17 to discuss the major issues impacting Acadiana in the current legislative session at The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

Confirmed legislators for the panel are Reps. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, and Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, and Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette.

Last year’s legislative forum drew a large crowd and generated a healthy debate on tax issues. This year’s session is a nonfiscal one, and lawmakers will focus on a broader array of issues: workforce development, levee board authority, and whether to raise the minimum wage, to change the state’s Common Core academic standards and even to allow drones over chemical plants.

The public forum begins at noon, but guests are encouraged to arrive early to purchase lunch from the Chef Gregory’s food truck, which will be parked in the Advertiser parking lot.

Compiled by Advocate staff