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Zoom into Careers available for junior high and high school students this summer

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Junior high and high school students can explore the exciting fields of culinary arts, inventing, photography and television at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops.
     “Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions on the horizon of every high school student,” said Tammy Bourg, Southeastern’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This program taps the expertise of Southeastern faculty and area professionals to provide hands-on opportunities for young people to explore their options while having a fun experience. It is a creative approach that Southeastern is taking to contribute to the area’s workforce development.”
     Workshops will be open to all 7-12 grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville. The workshops feature a number of professionals who will instruct the students in various career paths. 
     “The workshops are career specific, said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies. “Students work in teams – just as they would in real work environments. Upon completion, each will have a finished product for portfolios or to share with family and friends.”
     Participants can take advantage of workshop cost discounts by registering during the early bird period, which ends April 30. Registration will continue through June 10 and is available online at Housing will be available to high school students at the main campus.
     “To provide a quality learning experience, registration will be limited in each workshop category to small groups. To ensure participation, interested students need to register early,” Gunter said.
     The 2011 Zoom into Careers workshops are: 
     “Zoom into Culinary Arts” – June 20-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., White Hall; $280/$295. Students can get a taste for a career in the culinary arts. With over 15 years of experience, chef Kevin Foil will organize participants into various positions needed to run a successful kitchen.
     “Zoom into Inventing” – June 20-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Anzalone Hall; $280/$295. Michael Beauvais, assistant professor of industrial technology, and other design professionals, will teach the fundamentals of sketching, and building parts and solid models using the modeling software AutoDesk Inventor. 
     “Zoom into Photography” - June 20-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Tammany Center,  $280/$295. Led by certified professional photographer Chuck Billiot, students are taught the instructor’s “dare to be unique” approach to learning skills directly applicable to a career as a professional photographer.
     “Zoom into Television” – June 20-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern University Center; $280/$295. Students attracted to careers in front of or behind the camera gain experience in producing news story packages at the Southeastern Channel. Workshops will be led by General Manager Rick Settoon and students will produce a two-minute news story segment that will be aired on the Southeastern Channel and Southeastern’s website.
     “Zoom into Theatre” – June 20-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, D.Vickers; $280/$295. Do you see yourself in lights? This workshop is a hands-on approach covering all aspects of theater. Students work with theatre professionals to give them a true taste of what goes into creating a live theatrical event. The workshop culminates with a short public performance.
     Additional information about Zoom into Careers workshops is available at, by emailing, or by calling Southeastern Extended Studies, 800-256-2771, 985-549-2301; the St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251; or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.

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