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The Office of Continuing Education develops youth and adult programs, which provide opportunities for intellectual and personal development. Fees for these programs vary, depending on the topic, the number of hours of instruction and the supplies required. Individuals may register for these programs in person, by mail, by phone, or online. Each semester, a brochure describing the current offerings is made available to the public.

In addition, the Office of Continuing Education contracts with off-campus groups who want to use Nicholls State University facilities and services. The Office Continuing Education will provide “one-stop shop” service for coordinating food and housing services, scheduling of university facilities and equipment, and providing management, marketing, and fiscal monitoring for a program.

Adult Programs: One purpose of the Office of Continuing Education is to offer adult non-credit programs and specified credit programs. Non-credit programs are of two major types: community enrichment and professional development. These programs are generally open to the public and do not require that participants have a high school diploma. Most classes are scheduled in the evenings or on Saturdays.

Community enrichment courses are primarily special interest classes, designed to expand one’s knowledge and create new opportunities or spark interest in a specific interest. Courses offered vary from semester to semester and include a variety of topics such as: computer training, dance and music and physical enrichment.

Professional development courses include seminars, conferences, and workshops aimed at individuals already in the workplace who need to update their knowledge and skills. These programs are held on Nicholls’ campuses in Thibodaux or Houma, at local businesses, or other convenient locations. Some courses award Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Specified credit programs offer university credit. An example of this is the Sugar Institutes. International students participate in two weeks of intense day long discussions on the various and timely topics of each aspect of sugar production. Upon satisfactorily passing exams credit is awarded at the end of the program.

Youth Programs:
Another purpose of the Office of Continuing Education is to offer youth programs to the community for those that are 18 years or younger. The variety of youth programs will include sports or athletic camps, recreation, self-development, academic and other areas needed for a comprehensive youth oriented format. Local, university, and national presenters direct and teach the programs. All youth programs and camps are open to the public. Classes are held year round including weekends, holidays, and evenings.

All youth camps, clinics, leagues, classes, institutes, workshops etc. which will use campus facilities or grounds, whether sponsored by a University department, individual faculty or staff, or an outside entity, will be administered through the Office of Continuing Education. This “one-stop shop” service provides marketing, registration, and administration services.

For additional information about these programs, contact the Office of Continuing Education: by visiting the 300 Ardoyne Blvd. (office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday); by mailing to P.O. Box 2119, Thibodaux, LA 70310; or by calling (985) 448- 4444. Web address: www.nicholls.edu/continuing_ed

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