Southeastern, NTCC agree to share faculty-staff development opportunities

Monday, July 18, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Faculty and staff at Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore Technical Community College will now be able to take courses and programs at each institution at reduced costs, according to a new agreement signed by both institutions.
     Under the arrangement, faculty and staff at both institutions can take advantage of the unique educational strengths and resources that exist at each institution. The agreement is designed to help expand academic credentials in order to meet expectations set by programmatic and regional and national accrediting agencies. In addition, Southeastern faculty and staff may benefit from expertise offered by NTCC, especially in certain applied technology fields.
     “Southeastern has a close relationship with NTCC because of our shared educational focus and our missions to serve the residents of our region,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “In this period of tight budgetary restrictions, it’s appropriate for us to share our educational resources whenever we have the occasion. This kind of cooperation will enhance the knowledge and skills of faculty and staff at both institutions.”
     "A solid foundation of continuous comprehensive faculty and staff development is central to the quality of student learning and responsiveness to markets,” said NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright. “This mutually beneficial and progressive agreement between Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University will ensure sustainable growth while strengthening our institutions, therefore enhancing our services to students and stakeholders."
     Under terms of the agreement, Southeastern and SLU will share information about existing educational and professional development programs and determine opportunities to provide access for faculty and staff at each other’s institution to participate in selected programming on a free or reduced-cost basis.
     The two institutions will also seek other partnership opportunities in which information, knowledge and expertise can be shared, including training opportunities in areas such as safety, security, counseling and learning management system training.
     The two institutions have a history of cooperation. Most recently, Southeastern and NTCC began offering Connect to Success in which NTCC students can take various courses at Southeastern as well as use the university’s facilities such as the library, Student Union and Pennington Student Activity Center. More than 500 NTCC students are enrolled in the program.

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