Feb 8, 2011 2:57 PM by Jenise Fernandez
The Picard Center's new home will be next door to its partner LITE. Currently, 40 employees are scattered across UL's campus.
"Having our staff members under one roof, will definitely enhance our research that we're doing currently,"said Lana Fontenot, Picard Center's marketing and public relations director.
Researchers focus on early childhood, k-12 education, school-based health, poverty's effects on families, and lifelong learning.
"The Picard Center is very unique in Louisiana. We are the only center that is compiling a longitudinal study that looks at children from cradle to career,"said Fontenot.
What really makes the Picard Center unique is its open-door policy, that is, anyone can come at anytime and learn about the research that's being developed.
"We want the general public to be able to understand our data and be able to use it to really help solve real-world problems,"said Fontenot.
Tracking information to answer questions about the fate of students in low-performing elementary schools is just one example of how researchers will work with LITE, making it more effective to gather and see large amounts of data.
Fontenot says the late Cecil Picard - former State Superintendent of Education and Vermilion Parish native-- will be honored with the Cecil Picard Memorial Library.
"We just know he's looking down on us and is proud of the work we've done in the past few years,"said Fontenot.
The Picard Center will be opening its doors this summer.