Nicholls, NOCCA Sign MOU

THIBODAUX, La. — Graduates from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will be able to transfer with ease to Nicholls State University thanks to an agreement finalized by two schools this month. 

Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune signed the memorandum of understanding on July 8. It will go into effect for the Fall semester. 

“I am excited to complete this partnership with NOCCA,” Dr. Clune said. ”It creates a pipeline of students to Nicholls from a school that has meaningfully contributed to New Orleans’ unique culture.” Courses that will transfer over to Nicholls include culinary arts, performing arts, visual arts, English and world history. 

“This articulation agreement with Nicholls State University provides an incredible opportunity to our students,” said NOCCA President and CEO Kyle Wedberg. “For years our NOCCA Culinary Arts Department has been a post-secondary partner working to further develop and nurture our students with the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls. Now these students will receive articulation credits at this national caliber hospitality and culinary training center right here in Louisiana. This articulation agreement will also benefit our music students in classical instrumental, jazz and vocal; and visual arts students as well will receive college credits for work done at NOCCA. Thank you Nicholls for investing in the next generation of the creative and cultural economy through NOCCA students in culinary arts, music and visual arts and providing a pathway to their college education and future success.”

Added Chef John Kozar, director of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls, “We are very excited to partner with NOCCA. Their students receive a first-rate education and come to Nicholls with a strong work ethic. This agreement will make it easier for them to earn credit at Nicholls and we look forward to welcoming them to campus.”


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