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Spring non-credit leisure learning, workforce development courses offered in three parishes

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Area residents can sign up for a wide variety of leisure and workforce development courses being offered in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes this spring through Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. 

     The non-credit courses can help area residents tune up computer and other professional skills, prepare for tests, get fit, be safe, pursue the arts, and develop a hobby. More than 40 courses cover topics ranging from art appreciation to digital photography and “going green” to the spectrum of Microsoft Word applications. 

     The non-credit courses will be offered on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond, the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies.

     “We have been adding new non-credit courses at all of our centers and are excited about our spring 2009 program for the region,” Gunter said. “We have collected all of the courses in one convenient ‘Leisure and Lifelong Learning’ catalog that we hope residents will browse and share with family and friends.”

     “The north shore has expressed an interest in global issues,” said Stella Helluin, director of the St. Tammany Center. “For example, we have designed a ‘Green Living Series’ that will provide valuable information from industry experts on how to make simple changes that will provide green refunds.”

     With an eye toward the sustainability tenets of green living, Gunter said the Leisure and Lifelong Learning catalog is being made available online, rather than in printed format. The comprehensive list of non-credit courses at all three locations is available for download online at The catalog includes a registration form.

     Registration forms are also available at the three locations -- Continuing Education and Special Activities, University Center, room 103; the St. Tammany Center, located on the third floor of the St. Tammany Parish governmental complex on Koop Drive near Mandeville; (or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., Walker.

     Through a partnership with Gatlin Educational Services, residents can also take courses online in fields such as business and professional, healthcare and fitness, hospitality and gaming, industrial technology and software, management and corporate, media and design, and skill trades and industrial.

     “As workforce development continues to be a focus for our state, we are working toward providing additional training programs,” Gunter said.

     “The St. Tammany Center is addressing both artistic interests and workforce development training by offering new courses such as an Art Lecture Series, Digital Media and ongoing computer training,” said Laura Zammit, St. Tammany Center assistant director.

     Persons 60 years or older can receive a 15 percent discount, while active alumni receive a 10 percent discount when they present their current Alumni Association membership card.

     Instructors for the non-credit programs are Southeastern faculty and/or other qualified professionals. 

     Courses offered this spring include Financial Strategies, English as a Second Language, Water Aerobics, Private Music Instruction (through Southeastern’s Community Music School), Beginning Guitar, Basic Motorcycle Training, ACT Test Preparation, ACT Test Preparation for GED and Adults, LSAT Review, GMAT Test Preparation, and Art Appreciation (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Impressionist, Baroque, Rococo).

     Also being offered are Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Publisher 2003, Introduction to Personal Computing, Introduction to the Internet, Digital Photography-all levels, Adobe Photoshop for Photographers, High School Financial Planning, Senior Citizens Financial Planning, Simple Changes and Money Saving Products, Home Energy Audits and Green Refunds, Green Renovating,

     Also, Oil Painting, Working with Pastels, Stained Glass, Public Speaking, Grant Writing Basics, Success and You, Introduction to Computers, Digital Imaging for Web and Print Media, Digital Photography Basics, Digital Imaging and Movie Making, How Money Works, Marriage and Money, Introduction to Elementary Spanish, Insurance and Medical Coding, Art of the Native American Flute.

     To browse the non-credit courses offered at a specific location, visit for the St. Tammany Center, for the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center.

     For additional information, contact Continuing Education and Special Activities, 985-549-2301 or 800-256-2771; St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251, or Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.

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