Donation to Terrebonne School District Helps Nicholls Expand Dual Enrollment

Caption: Back row, left to right, Regina Verdin, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Fletcher Technical Community College; Mark Torbert, supervisor of secondary education, Terrebonne Parish School District; Katie Portier, executive director, Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence; and David Zerangue, director of Academic Services Center, Nicholls State University. Front row, from left to right, Kristine Strickland, chancellor, Fletcher Technical Community College; Philip Martin, superintendent, Terrebonne Parish School District; and Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls president.

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has entered into an agreement with the Terrebonne Parish School District to expand dual enrollment offerings.

The dual enrollment program enables high school students to earn college credit while still working toward their high school diploma. Nicholls will now be able to connect with Terrebonne Parish students via satellite classrooms where a professor on campus broadcasts to students in the school district.

“Regardless of which high schools students attend in the parish, students will be able to take these classes thanks to video conferencing,” said David Zerangue, director of the Academic Services Center. “This exposes a Nicholls education to a larger group of students.”

The expansion is thanks to a Chevron donation of $51,000 to the school district to purchase the equipment.

Zerangue said while they have not finalized the course offerings, Chevron specified that the courses offered must be STEM courses. 

The dual enrollment program currently allows for area high school students to take courses on campus or online. This allows students to enter college with many of their 100- to 200-level course offerings complete.


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