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Livingston Literacy and Technology Center introduces Community Education Program

Contact: Constance Woods


     HAMMOND – Livingston Parish residents can take business and leisure courses this fall through the Community Education Program, a new collaboration between Southeastern Louisiana University and Livingston Parish Public Schools.

     The courses are being offered at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, a joint project of Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School Board located at 9261 Florida Blvd., said Joan Gunter, director of Southeastern programs at the center.

     “The Community Education Program,” she said, “promotes family literacy, workforce development and environmental awareness initiatives. Most of our programs are free, such as our community calendar of events, while others are provided at a low cost.”

     Gunter said the Walker Wal-Mart facility is providing scholarships for fall continuing education courses. Scholarships will be awarded to the first 10 Livingston Parish residents who visit the Literacy and Technology Center to submit their application.

     Courses being offered at the center include:

     ▪ Mondays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, “Success and You” (SH001), 6:30-8:30 p.m. The six-week course taught by Liz Reno will teach students how to create a life plan to increase effective personal and career success. Students will explore personal development and create specific goals. Course will also provide time management and financial budgeting techniques as well as practice experiential learning. The course is limited to 25 students at a cost of $75.

     ▪ Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 8, “Be Priceless…Soft Skills Training for Peak Performance” (BUS001), 6-8 p.m. The course, taught by Shawndee Fluker, is designed to enhance the skills of entry-level employees and executives in customer service, conflict resolution, telephone etiquette and email etiquette. Students will learn innovative skills and techniques designed to enhance work performance and bring value to the organization. Students will have an opportunity to create their own customer service commandments. The cost is $75, plus $5 for materials. There is a 25-student limit. Class will not be held on Oct. 25.

     ▪ Thursdays, Sept. 13-Dec. 13, “Introduction to Computers” (CPTR 1000), 6-9 p.m. In partnership with the Louisiana Technical College, the 10-week course is an introductory study of computer basics and fundamentals of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Instructor Bridget LaBorde will develop an exercise-oriented approach that allows learning by doing.

     “Louisiana Technical College has also partnered in some of our course offerings,” Gunter said. “Students attending Introduction to Computers will receive two LTC credits.”

     The class is limited to 20 students at a cost of $104 and an additional $40 for materials. Class will not be held on Oct. 25.

     ▪ Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 23, “Introduction to Animal Careers” (CPTR 1000), 6-9 p.m. Regina Brotherton, DMV, CCRP will provide discussions on animal health field careers including veterinarian, veterinarian technician, zoo work, kennel management, and other canine careers, equine careers, governmental and research careers, and business opportunities. Additional topics include licensing, registration, ethics and jurisprudence.

     The five-week course is limited to 20 students at a cost of $100 plus $20 for materials.

     ▪ Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 8, “Stained Glass” (ART002), 6-8 p.m. In the five-week course instructor Kerry Curtain will teach copper foil and lead techniques. Projects will introduce students to soldering, glass cutting, assembling design, and polishing completed artwork. Students will need to bring an oil filled glasscutter, and pencil and paper for note taking on the first night of class, when a supply list will be distributed.

     The course is limited to 10 students at a cost of $75 and an additional cost of $100 for tools. Additional information will be distributed in class. Class will not be held on Oct. 25.

     A full refund is given if a written request is received by the Livingston Center prior to the first class meeting. Requests submitted after that time will receive a pro-rata refund. No refunds will be considered after the second class meeting. Full refunds will be made if a class is cancelled because of insufficient enrollment.

     For more information on the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center visit or contact Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303.

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