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$250,000 grant award to benefit SUSLA's

School of Nursing Program and Aerospace Technology Program

May 22, 2012

Bill "Sharp" Strother
Director-Office of University Communications & Public Relations

SHREVEPORT, LA - Southern University at Shreveport and the Caddo Parish Commission are announcing the approval of a $250,000 grant award to benefit the School of Nursing Program and Aerospace Technology Program at a news conference in the atrium of SUSLA’s Metro Campus, 610 Texas St. at 11:30 today, May 22nd.

The Caddo Parish Commission approved a request from Southern University at Shreveport for $125,000 to begin a licensed practical nurse program. SUSLA’s school of Nursing is headed by Dr. Sandra Tucker.  The commission unanimously approved a second request for SUSLA for $125,000 for its existing aerospace program.  SUSLA’s Aerospace Technology Program is directed by Mr. David Fogleman.

SUSLA will now have a stepping stone from its certified nursing assistant program to its registered nurse program.  "Students are having problems in the RN program because they weren't educationally prepared to compete in the rigors of an RN program," SUSLA Dean of Nursing Dr. Sandra Tucker said. "They needed a base, and that's what the LPN program will do.”  She said. "Our goal is to provide them with a job, so they do become taxpaying citizens and contribute to the community.

Press is invited for coverage.   Interviews are available upon request.

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities.  Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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