Accessing quality education at all levels is important to Southwest Louisiana residents. The region is full of learning opportunities from early childhood through graduate studies—ensuring students are ready to meet the challenges of our fast-paced and ever-evolving society.
Each parish is fortunate to employ an outstanding public school district to teach its students enrolled in preK-12th grade programs. The challenging curriculum found through the region’s public schools includes a mix of traditional learning environments as well as a range of programs for advanced and special needs students. Students also take advantage of a list of elective courses and extra-curricular activities, such as athletics, band, theatre and many student-run clubs. All of these facets come together to create lifelong learners who are an asset to local businesses in search of well-educated, dedicated and highly-skilled employees.
Allen Parish School Board
Beauregard Parish School Board
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
Cameron Parish Schools
Jefferson Davis Parish Public Schools
Interview for Life Program
A unique program currently implemented at every public school in Calcasieu Parish is the Interview for Life Program. The program is designed to help participants better transition into the business world through a practical curriculum of career and life skills. The Interview for Life Program is offered to high school and college students, along with the general public and business world. More information on the Lake Charles-based program is available online at www.interviewforlife.com or by calling 337-802-7932.
INDEPENDENT & PAROCHIAL INSTITUTIONS
Alternatives to public schooling are readily available throughout Southwest Louisiana, which hosts a number of outstanding independent and parochial institutions. Parents and students are invited to explore the region’s excellent college-preparatory day schools or a collection of private faith-based schools for those interested in a mix of traditional and religious education.
Southwest Louisiana is also fortunate to have the services of CARC, a nonprofit organization that meets the unique needs of those living with developmental disabilities. Established in 1954, CARC provides residential services, child development services, community services and vocational services to extraordinary individuals of all ages residing in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.
Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School www.episcopaldayschool.org
St. Louis Catholic High School
HIGHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Graduating high school seniors and adults looking to acquire new skills are presented with opportunities for higher learning throughout the Southwest Louisiana region.
Lake Charles hosts McNeese State University (MSU), a member of the University of Louisiana system. Nearly 9,000 students are enrolled at MSU, which offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, MSU’s Continuing Education program caters to nontraditional students by presenting a selection of daytime and evening courses, online classes, off-campus learning sites and more.
Southwest Louisiana is also home to several vocational and technical colleges. Many students begin their studies at SOWELA Technical Community College, a two-year public college offering transfer, career and technical programs in a variety of areas. Part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), SOWELA grants Associate’s of Applied Science and Associate’s of General Studies degrees, along with technical diplomas and a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate program. Additional vocational and technical schools in the region include Delta Tech and Unitech Training Academy.
Delta Tech School of Business & Technology
McNeese State University
SOWELA Technical Community College
Unitech Training Academy – Lake Charles Campus
Only Chamber Member schools have been featured in this article.