Nicholls State University now offers two cane sugar institutes each year during the summer. They include the Sugar Cane Refiners’ Institute, which began in 1978, and the Raw Cane Sugar Manufacturers’ Institute, which began in 1985. To date over 1550 participants representing 30 countries and 16 states of the United States have attended these short courses. Approximately 48 refineries, 35 mills, and 30 companies have sent representatives to participate in the two programs.
The success of these institutes can be contributed to many factors such as timely topics, excellent professors, Cajun food, southern hospitality and especially the support of organizations such as the Sugar Industry Technologists, American Society of Sugarcane Technologists, the American Sugarcane League and of course the many sugar companies, mills and refineries around the world.
All these programs have the same format, two weeks of intense day long discussions on the various and timely topics of each aspect of sugar production. An exam is given after each topic. A flyer describing each institute is available on request.
Upon successful completion of an institute, students are awarded a certificate of completion. Upon request, a certificate for applicable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be issued at the close of each Institute.
Fees, also listed in the flyers, include tuition, room and board, as well as a copy of all the notes of the lecturers, which will serve as a reference for the students for many years.
The institutes are scheduled so that participants may enroll in one or two programs in a given summer. An added benefit of these short courses has been the many friendships and exchanges of ideas among the students.
Nicholls State University is happy to have contributed to the growth and success of the world sugar industry and is extremely proud to be a leader in world sugar education.
|For more information contact:|
|Dr. Robert Falgout
Office of Continuing Education
Nicholls State University
P.O. Box 2119
Thibodaux, LA 70310