Technical college system discussed by Rotarians
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY- Dr. Phyllis Dupuis, Louisiana Technical College regional director, along with Pat Miers, Acadian Campus assistant dean, addressed members of the Crowley Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon during their luncheon.
Dupuis began by providing the group with the updates regarding the technical college’s region four schools, which include campuses in Crowley, Ville Platte, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Jennings, Abbeville, Opelousas, Lafayette, and Elton.
“Despite major budget cuts, we are proud of the fact that our region has experienced record enrollment numbers over the past year,” Dupuis stated.
The region as a whole has also received a $174 million grant for the improvements needed at each of the facilities. Most recently, the Abbeville campus has received a new roof, and the Acadian Campus of Crowley received new paint.
Dupuis also expressed the benefits of attending technical college as opposed to traditional four-year colleges, especially for students exiting high school with doubts about their career choices.
Such benefits include TOPS funds going further because of the lesser cost of tuition and therefore creates less of a burden to taxpayers.
The fate of the technical school system is “dire” Dupuis expressed and the faculty has had to become more creative in keeping them going.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the full support of the entire staff,” Dupuis said gratefully.
She then turned the program over to Miers.
“Last summer, the Acadian Campus experienced a 28.2 percent growth and added two programs, which include pharmacy technician and phlebotomy,” she said.
Miers also stated that the campus is thankful for the funds donated by the Acadia Parish School Board which afforded them the opportunity for a new fleet of vehicles for the truck driving program.
She also discussed the desire to institute a program entitled “Choices” that she learned about while visiting a different parish.
This program put on by volunteers within the community, explains to eighth grade students how to budget money and the opportunities they will have following their high school careers, whether it be attending either technical or four-year colleges and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
“What we hope to gain from this program is a chance to resurrect the relationship between all school systems within the parish and help people to realize the worth of the technical college system and to minimize the percentage of students who drop out of college,” Miers stated.