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.
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.
The 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.
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: