Nicholls, SOWELA sign culinary program partnership

Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy and SOWELA Technical Community College Chancellor Neil Aspinwall sign an articulation agreement Monday in the Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Ars Building. Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University and SOWELA Technical Community College signed an articulation agreement Monday that will make it easier for SOWELA students who have earned their culinary associate degree to transfer into the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy and SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall commemorated the agreement during a joint signing held in the President’s Dining Room in the Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building. By signing the agreement, both schools have increased access for students from across the state to further their education.

“We’re proud to partner with a well-respected higher education institution like SOWELA. This partnership will play a role in creating opportunities for students that may not have considered attending Nicholls until now,” Murphy said. “A key part of our strategy right now is to keep branching out, keep going further and further and spreading the word about the kind of education that we offer here at Nicholls.”

“The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute has a tremendous reputation, and we’re always excited to be able to give our students additional opportunities when they graduate,” Aspinwall said. “This agreement will help our students transition to a more advanced degree, which will, in turn, provide them even greater opportunities.”

The agreement increases and sets in stone the culinary classes that will transfer over to Nicholls, making it easier for graduates from the SOWELA culinary arts associate degree program to transfer into the Nicholls culinary arts bachelor’s degree program.

Prior to the signing, members of the SOWELA administration and culinary staff were given a tour of the 33,000-square foot, state-of-the-art Ledet Building, which opened in 2015.

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