SLCC, Evangeline Schools Administrators Talk Partnerships

Administrators from South Louisiana Community College and the Evangeline Parish School Board met recently to strategize ways to grow their partnership to better serve students in the parish.  

In attendance from the school board were Darwan Lazard, Superintendent; Philip Buller, Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor; Michael Lombas, Secondary/Personnel Supervisor, and Ted Soileau, Technical/Career Supervisor. Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor, and Dr. Willie Smith, Vice President for Academic & Workforce Solutions, represented SLCC.

 Superintendent Lazard commended Dr. Harder for her willingness to collaborate with EPSB in an effort to offer additional learning opportunities for our high school students in Evangeline Parish School District.

 The administrators will be reviewing high school curriculum to determine if additional college courses can be offered to Evangeline Parish students or if students can receive college credentials after high school.  

While the State of Louisiana’s accountability system for public schools awards more points to schools for Advanced Placement (AP) courses than it does for dual enrollment college-level courses, EPSB works to meet the needs of every student by offering a balanced approach; however, dual enrollment college courses remain a favorite of many students and their parents.

 “EPSB will continue offering dual enrollment courses in partnership with SLCC and the C.B. Coreil Campus in Ville Platte and will look for additional opportunities to expand such offerings,” said Superintendent Lazard.  

Currently, SLCC is offering an evening class at Basile High School in Basile, LA.

 Faculty credentialing, such that more college level courses can be taught in the high schools, will also be an immediate focus.  The idea of a “middle college” where students can earn a high school equivalency and college credential will be reviewed later this year along with the other activities.

 “We are going to build on our current partnership and the success EPSB is experiencing with respect to its academic progress,” noted Harder. “We are already working together on a number of initiatives but can certainly strengthen, grow, and improve offerings related to career and technical training, transfer-focused dual enrollment, and adult education with such an energized group of educators.”