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Compass Career College training

Southeastern groups partner for local training program

Contact: Elise Doster


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Amber Narro, a professor in the Department of Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University, lectures to Hammond's Compass Career College instructors about the importance of incorporating social networking and technology into course design. Narro and three other communication professors, in partnership with Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies, are training the Compass instructors as part of the Louisiana Workforce Commission's Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET). 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Extended Studies and Department of Communication are teaming up to provide employee training at Compass Career College as part of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET).
     Compass Career College recruited Southeastern to provide professional development for their instructors. The program focuses on improving lesson planning and instructor/student communication through technology. Compass’s 14 instructors will participate in the two-part “Train the Trainer” sessions, which began last month and will end in March. 
     The SBET Program is offered through the Louisiana Workforce Commission and is designed to benefit businesses and industries through individual, standardized training of existing employees. Compass offers programs for students interested in the fields of nursing aide, phlebotomy technician, medical assistant, cosmetology, and medical billing. 
     “This partnership is a great example of Southeastern’s ability to provide workforce and professional development programs to our region,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice-president for Extended Studies. “Compass Career College is investing in the professional development of their employees, and we hope to work with them in the future on other programs.” 
     Veda Abene, executive assistant for extended studies, said two courses have been developed to meet the college’s needs. “Education Theories/Problem Based Learning Sessions,” acquaints instructors with adult education and learning theories for application within course design, as well as provides tips on enhancing the educational environment through interactive lesson plans. 
     The second session, “Social Media/Integrating Technology Sessions,” is designed to familiarize Compass instructors with social media technology in order to better engage students in and out of the classroom. The session also reviews the different ways technology can be integrated into classroom instruction.   
     Both training sessions are led by faculty from Southeastern’s Department of Communication including Carole Madere, Amber Narro, Shawndee Fluker and Robin Ann O’Connor.
     “Dr. Suzette Bryan, interim department head, played an instrumental role in helping make this training a reality,” Abene said. “She assisted us with identifying those instructors who had expertise in this specific area of training that Compass Career College requested.” 
     Louisiana businesses with 50 or fewer employees that have been in business for a minimum of three years are eligible to participate in SBET and are reimbursed for tuition, required textbooks and manuals once training has been completed. Training can consist of credit or non-credit courses. 
     Businesses interested in partnering with Southeastern on SEBT corporate or professional development training needs should contact the Division of Extended Studies at 1-800-256-2771, 985-549-2301 or


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