The University of Louisiana-Lafayette's math education department plans to recruit teachers during the fall for a new program designed to boost students' interest in careers in the sciences.
The Advocate reports the university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a program called Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle. It's designed to provide professional development to teachers in Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.
Louisiana Delta Community College is launching a campaign aimed at growing the middle class in the impoverished Delta country parishes of northeast Louisiana.
The News-Star reports the goals of the Delta Compact — the name given to the marketing, education and development campaign — are to increase the high school graduation rate in the three parishes to 70 percent, increase college attendance among graduating seniors to 50 percent, reduce the unemployment rate and increase access to the Internet.
Graduates from Southern University's two-year college in Shreveport will now be able to earn a four-year business degree at Grambling State University.
The two colleges announced this new option Tuesday.
Graduates from Southern's Shreveport campus with an associate's degree in business management, event management or accounting can enroll in Grambling State's four-year bachelor's business degree program.
The colleges say all course credits obtained at Southern will be accepted toward the four-year degree.
A new laboratory at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux will give students hands-on experience with the kind of equipment used to prevent blowouts and other catastrophes on oil rigs.
Nicholls officials and industry executives last week unveiled the lab, which is named after Johnson L. "Bubba" Hale Jr., a Nicholls alumnus and oil industry executive. The Daily Comet reports the Friday ceremony was one of the last formal steps before students in petroleum services and safety technology courses start using the equipment.
The Navy has given Delgado Community College a $10 million grant to help enhance its advanced manufacturing programs at the Avondale shipyard in suburban New Orleans.
Avondale, owned by Huntington Ingalls Industries, is scheduled to close in 2013 after two Navy ships currently under construction there are launched. But officials say the skills being taught are applicable not only to shipbuilding but to other industries, too.
Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan says the investment will have a major effect on the economic future of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast.