Nov 12, 2013 10:06 AM
South Louisiana Community College received the Community Partner of the Year Award from the Lafayette Parish School System during its recent Fall Frenzy event.
"This organization has been the poster child for the model of partnership from the very beginning. In only six weeks, this group worked diligently in assisting LPSS in developing the state of Louisiana's first Early College Academy," said Randall Domingue, LPSS Schools of Choice recruitment and marketing coordinator.
The Early College Academy, which is located on SLCC's Lafayette campus, is a ninth through twelfth grade high school where students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree. The high school is Lafayette Parish's top performing school and is designated as an "A" school.
Since it's inception in 2008, the school has grown to more than 250 students. Plans are to expand the school further with the construction of a new building on SLCC's Lafayette campus. The building would include a wing specifically for the Early College Academy.
"Our partnership with LPSS is truly committed to ensuring its students reach their fullest potential by having a student graduate with an associate's degree and a high school diploma. At this point, we are the only parish in the state aiming to have 1,000 students on this track over the next few years," said Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC chancellor.