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Fletcher partners with South Lafourche High for adult education

Fletcher partners with South Lafourche High for adult education

A new partnership is providing residents of south Lafourche Parish with opportunities to continue their education.

Fletcher Technical Community College and South Lafourche High School announced the partnership to offer adult education courses at the school’s campus in Cut Off.

“We wanted to provide more opportunities in a space where the community is familiar with it,” Fletcher Chancellor Kristine Strickland said.

Fletcher announced the new program last week in a joint ceremony with school officials and state Rep. Truck Gisclair, D-Larose, who helped facilitate the new partnership.

To start, the school will host adult education courses for those looking to take the HiSET, or High School Equivalency Test that was formerly called the GED, three days a week.

Classes will be held from 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Fletcher soon hopes to grow its program in the south end of the parish by offering college-level courses for degree programs or certifications, Strickland said.

“That way people don’t have to drive all the way up to Schriever or Houma to get an education,” she said.

Fletcher recently took over the old South Central Louisiana Technical College campus in south Lafourche. But due to the age of the facility and a lack of participation from the community, Strickland said, Fletcher hopes moving the classes to the high school will be more appealing to potential students.

“Where we are in education is that it is really going to take partnerships to be able to move and impact communities,” she said.

As the industry demands change for workforce education, Fletcher has seen an increasing need for residents to continue their education to enter or re-enter the workforce.

“For many years, if you didn’t have high school diploma, or if you just had one, you could often find work in good job where it could sustain a family,” Strickland said. “Now we’re seeing a shift. A lot of it has to do with technology and a higher skill level being required to enter into the workforce.”

As new generations enter the workforce, it’s clear they are going to need at least some post-secondary education, whether that is an associate’s degree or a certification, Strickland said.

New training and education could also help residents combat the ebbs and flows the local economy has seen and allow work to pivot during economic downturns, she said.

“We’ve begun an opportunity where we begin to see high schools and higher education align and then on top of that aligning with business and industry,” Strickland said.

For information about adult education classes with Fletcher, visit


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.