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Continuing Education

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Southern University at Shreveport is dedicated to presenting dynamic, flexible, and preeminent programs to the community and throughout its service area. The University is totally committed to lifelong learning that goes beyond initial career preparation, traditional concepts, of full-time study, and degree completion. Continuing Education encourages educational renewal. Further, the University seeks to provide life-long learning for people of all ages and ethnicity to develop personal and professional potential, upgrade job-related skills and prepare for informed participation in the civic, cultural, and political life of the community.

The Department of Continuing Education offers lifelong learning opportunities for the community and individuals interested in enhancing their quality of life through professional, cultural and other leisure learning enrichment opportunities which allow for personal growth and enjoyment. Programs and/or classes support learning opportunities for the citizens of our service area.

The Continuing Education Program is devoted to offering critically needed training that leads to immediate employment according to the needs of business, industry, and government agencies. Course offerings/program offerings lend themselves to training for workers for immediate start-ups in an effort to improve deficient basic academic skills and condensed block-time classes rather than the traditional semester schedule.

Southern University at Shreveport's Continuing Education Program will award continuing education units (CEU's) to individuals who participate in approved, non-credit activities administered by the University. One (1) CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. In no instance should the award of CEU's be equated with college credit applicable toward a degree.

Classes are offered during the day, evenings, and weekends and will be provided when a reasonable number of students are enrolled. Non-credit courses are opened to interested individuals without regard to the eligibility standards for admission to regular college-credit programs.

Other Programs Related to Continuing Education:

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP)

The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) was created by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), formerly called the Louisiana Department of Labor (LDOL), to assist business and industry in developing / upgrading the skills of their existing employees. The IWTP is a partnership comprised of the LDOL, employers and training providers. As a training provider, Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) collaborates with Louisiana employers by assisting them in the completion of their application for funding, developing training curriculums, overseeing the training process and disbursement of funds after the employer’s application has been approved. It is the expectation that the training will result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for the trained workers.

To be eligible for participation in the IWTP, businesses must have operated in Louisiana and contributed to the state's Unemployment Insurance System for at least three years. Additionally, an employer or consortium of employers with similar needs must have a minimum of 15 employees to be trained. It is imperative that employers seeking an IWTP grant make a long-range commitment to employee training

A sampling of a few of the many courses offered to employers through IWTP includes:

  • Business Ethics
  • Customer Service
  • Handling Difficult People
  • Health & Wellness Awareness
  • Into to Communication
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Motivating the Workforce
  • Progressive Discipline Mgmt.
  • Time Management
  • Intro to Computers
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Strategic Planning/Project Management
  • Microsoft Word
  • QuickBooks
  • Maintenance Technology
  • Profit Control
  • Equipment Troubleshooting
  • ServSafe
  • Turbo Training
  • Airline-Non-Destructive Testing
  • Inspections Procedures
  • Liquid Penetrate Testing
  • OSHA
  • Developing the Leader Within You

Administrative Staff

Beverly J. Parker
Director of Workforce Development
Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA)
610 Texas Street, Suite 450
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-670-6697 (fax)
John Patterson
Training Coordinator II
Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA)
610 Texas Street, Suite 450
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-670-6697 (fax)
Dawn Lair
Administrative Assistant II
Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA)
610 Texas Street, Suite 450
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-670-6697 (fax)
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