Donation Helps Nicholls Promote Online Degrees

THIBODAUX — A $27,000 donation from the Peltier Foundation will help Nicholls State University raise awareness and increase enrollment for its new Nicholls Online degree programs.

Since the program started in January, Nicholls Online has attracted students largely through word of mouth and grassroots efforts. With the Peltier Foundation’s support, Nicholls will be able to expand its recruiting outreach and launch an integrated marketing campaign, including website upgrades, billboards, Internet ads, postcards, promotional items and a commercial. Additionally, campus staff will begin hosting public information sessions about Nicholls Online throughout the region.

“Partnering with community organizations is vital to the future growth of Nicholls, and we are so grateful that the Peltier Foundation realizes the potential of Nicholls Online and has offered its generous support,” said Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs. “Without much marketing, Nicholls Online has had great early success. This summer alone, 59 students enrolled in Nicholls Online courses. With the rollout of our marketing campaign, we hope to further expand the Nicholls Online program and consequently help more people in the Bayou Region and beyond earn a degree.”


Designed to provide more flexibility, particularly for individuals who have difficulty attending on-campus classes, Nicholls Online provides remote access to the university’s nationally accredited degree programs and highly qualified instructors. Currently, seven degrees are offered through Nicholls Online with plans for more to be added in the future. For more information on Nicholls Online, visit

or call985-448-4803. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting Nicholls Online or other Nicholls programs are encouraged to call 985-448-4005.

Peltier Foundation Donation

 Stephen Peltier, left, and Dr. Jimmy Peltier, right, of the Peltier Foundation donated $27,000 to support a marketing campaign for Nicholls Online. Pictured, center, is Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, Nicholls vice president for academic affairs.