Southeastern student earns national OSH&E scholarship

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Richard Barnard
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND  - A Southeastern Louisiana University senior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
     Richard B. Barnard of Mandeville received the $5,000 award based upon his cumulative grade point average, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.
     Barnard, who will graduate this spring, plans to pursue a career in the field and eventually obtain his certified safety professional designation.
     “Many things attracted me to the safety field,” he said, “but my experience working in the inland towboat industry as a deckhand and later a tanker-man exposed me to the realities of the necessity for safety in the workplace.”
     The Southeastern OSH&E program last year was ranked 19th in the nation by the website, and was the only institution in Louisiana to be recognized. The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
     The program is nationally accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries that  reported a significant need for safety, health and environmental professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of safety engineers and safety supervisors.

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