Southeastern’s Zoom into Careers expands programs

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: February 18, 2013


     HAMMOND - Junior high and high school students can choose from an expanding list of exciting fields at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through "Zoom into Careers" workshops.
     New to this year's Zoom lineup of 14 programs are animation, automotive technology, healthcare office administration, industrial and engineering technology, kinesiology, moviemaking, radio and welding. Favorite programs from previous years that will be offered include culinary arts, criminal justice, photography, television, theater and web design.
     "Our workshops are designed to explore many exciting career fields. Participants attending Zoom workshops are exposed to a real work environment that focuses on teamwork and project completion," said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies. "At the end of the week, Zoom participants demonstrate what they have learned to family and friends."
Workshops are open to all 7-12 grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville.
     Zoom Project Manager Charlotte Collins said the program this year has partnered with area high schools and the Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) to provide a taste of working in various career fields.  Registration will be limited in each workshop to small groups, some as low as 10 participants. To ensure participation, she encouraged interested students to register early.
     Participants can take advantage of early bird discounts by registering before April 26. Registration will continue through June 7 and is available online at Housing will be available to high school students at the main campus.
     The 2013 Zoom into Careers workshops are:
     "Zoom into Animation" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern's East Stadium; $280/$295, in which students learn the basics of stop-motion animation from Maya Erdelyi, a New York City and Los Angeles based animator, director and artist. Exercises include flipbooks, optical toys, experiments with direct-film technique, traditional hand-drawn animation, and different approaches to stop animation.
     "Zoom into Automotive Technology" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Livingston Center or NTCC; $280/$295. The program covers basic automobile systems and careers in the automotive field. Van Guarino, an ASE certified master technician and Noland Landry, automotive technology instructor, will teach participants about automotive systems as they build a model car to be entered in a car show.
     "Zoom into Criminal Justice" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Livingston Center; $280/$295. Kelly Jennings, a nationally certified 911 dispatcher and certified emergency police dispatcher,  will expose students to a variety of criminal just professionals with insight into their roles and functions in the field.
     "Zoom into Culinary Arts" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern's White Hall; $280/$295. With over 15 years of experience, chef Kevin Foil will organize participants into various positions needed to run a successful kitchen. Participants will prepare and present a world class meal for friends and family at the conclusion of the workshop.
     "Zoom into Healthcare Office Administration" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Livingston Center; $280/$295. Taught by Livingston Parish instructor Deborah Anderson, the workshop offers an introduction to the inner workings of a healthcare management facility, hospital, doctor's office and other healthcare facilities and includes working with healthcare software, a field trip and guest lecturers.
     "Zoom into Industrial & Engineering Technology" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern's Anzalone Hall, $280/$295. Michael Beauvais, assistant professor of industrial technology, and other design professionals will provide an orientation to industrial manufacturing processes. Participants will see molten aluminum being poured into molds they've created, build electrical, take a field trip to an advanced manufacturing facility. Students will also learn the basics of solar energy and build and test a simple solar collection device.
     "Zoom into Kinesiology" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern's Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, $280/$295. Associate Professor Dan Hollander will teach participants strength development, athletic training, biomechanics, and rehabilitative services.
     "Zoom into Moviemaking" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Tammany Center, $280/$295. Participants explore the world of professional filmmaking by experiencing the different crew roles and steps in a professional film shoot, as well as post production editing and online distribution. Sharon Edwards, a graduate of the University of Texas Department of Radio, Television and Film, will teach the creative and technical skills that can be applied to shooting videos from cell phones, cameras and DSLRs.
     "Zoom into Photography" - June 17-20, 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 applicable to a career in professional photography.
     "Zoom into Radio" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., KSLU, Southastern's D Vickers Hall, $280/$295. Students are introduced to sound, audio and the techniques and equipment used to capture and manipulate audio for radio use. KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney will help participants learn fundamental radio concepts, techniques and philosophies.
     "Zoom into Television" – June 17-20, 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 two-minute news story segments that will be aired on the Southeastern Channel.
     "Zoom into Theatre" – June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall; $280/$295. The workshop employs a hands-on approach covering all aspects of theater as students work with theater professional Jade LeBlanc to experience what goes into creating a live theatrical event.
     "Zoom into Web Design" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Livingston Center, $280/$295. Students are taught how text, images and videos get from the World Wide Web onto their screen. Garrett Wheat, the computer service technology instructor and technology director with Livingston Parish Schools, will help students design and construct their own website using HTML coding and the industry-standard Adobe Dreamweaver software program. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the Adobe Certified Associate Certification exam for Adobe Dreamweaver.
     "Zoom into Welding" - June 17-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern's Anzalone Hall, $280/$295. Industrial Technology Instructor Anthony Blakeney leads this introductory orientation to many welding and cutting processes. Participants will cut and weld using a number of welding techniques. Students will also learn about safety, setup of equipment, selection of consumables, and welding in the flat and horizontal positions.
     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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