South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) is devoted to providing higher education opportunities for students in eight parishes throughout South Louisiana. It was established in 1997 with its first campus in New Iberia. Locations in Lafayette and Franklin were opened in 1999. The first associate’s degrees were granted in 1999, and the first certificate program was approved in 2006.
The campus has three locations in Lafayette, New Iberia, and Franklin. It serves more than 4,000 students.
SLCC is accredited as a two-year college that can award associate’s degrees and various certificate programs. The College offers seven different associate’s degrees in:
- Liberal Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- General Business
- Criminal Justice
- Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic
- Industrial Technology
- General Education
SLCC focuses on the academic and vocational growth of its students. It hopes to serve students through its degree and certificate programs, but it also offers continuing education and community education programs.
SLCC can also provide technical skill development and on-the-job career training for local businesses. The College’s guarantee to employers is that employees will show noticeable improvement in job skills, or SLCC will retrain them at no cost.
Some students may be able to earn course credit through outside tests or classes. SLCC awards credit for credit earned through CLEP tests, ACT and ACT COMPASS tests, LEAP tests, and other assessments or petition processes.
The College offers academic advising and general academic planning to help its students succeed on and off campus. It also offers English and math tutoring through the Academic Success Center. These tutoring sessions are available at designated times throughout the week, and any student can feel free to stop by and brush up on their skills.
Students can receive academic honors for excellent GPAs. The Chancellor’s List is for students with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List is for students with GPAs between 3.40 and 3.99, and Faculty’s List is for students with GPAs between 3.00 and 3.49.
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Early College Admission Program
Qualified high school students who wish to earn college credit may be interested in the Early College Admission Program. Courses taken through this program count towards the student’s high school transcript as well as their college record at SLCC. The credits may be applicable towards a degree at SLCC or for transfer to another college or university once the student has graduated from high school.
Potential applicants to this program need to fill out all the normal application paperwork, qualify for college-level courses, and obtain a recommendation from a high school principal or guidance counselor.
LPSS-SLCC Early College Academy
The Early College Academy (ECA) is a joint effort between the Lafayette Parish School System and SLCC. It gives ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to combine their high school and college coursework, studying on the SLCC campus and taking a regular high school curriculum. At the end of four years, they graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in general studies.
Students who are interested in becoming an emergency medical technician can apply to SLCC’s EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic programs. These programs are a partnership between the College and The National EMS Academy, and let students earn certifications from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Members of these programs also earn class credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic, and so can work towards certification and a college degree at the same time.
EMS Academy students have special requirements and a specific schedule of classes. Visit the EMS Academy page of SLCC’s website to learn more and download an informational brochure.
To apply to SLCC, first fill out the online admissions form, which is available in PDF form through the Admissions Office website. The application includes a short questionnaire about your educational goals and history, as well as some necessary personal information.
You will need to send any test scores, transcripts, or other supporting documents to the Admissions Office via standard mail. In addition to the non-refundable application fee, you may need to submit a high school transcript or GED certificate, ACT scores, placement survey scores, and immunization records, among other things. If you need to request this information from previous schools or organizations, SLCC provides free forms that you can download and fill out to make the process easier.
Degree-seeking students and students working towards a certificate are eligible for financial aid. However, SLCC does not offer any kind of student loans.
The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the FAFSA, which is available for free online at www.fafsa.gov. This form determines your eligibility for federal grants and work-study programs, and is often required as a supplementary document for other program and scholarship applications.
Students at SLCC may qualify for National Guard Tuition Exemption, financial aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). Links to these programs and relevant forms are available in person or online through the financial aid webpage.
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Students at SLCC can participate in the Student Government Association (SGA), which elects officers each spring semester and offers an opportunity to get involved in campus policy and student affairs.
Students can also get help with academics, personal life, and career choices through the counseling center. Special materials and programs are available that teach skills like good study practices and career decision-making. Counselors are also available to offer general support and advice in a range of issues.
The Career Center also offers workshops and programs that can enhance the student’s campus experience or offer new opportunities. Students can take workshops on resume and cover letter writing, or practice their interviewing skills with a Career Center professional.
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SLCC has three libraries – one on each of its campuses. Students have free access to the book and DVD collections at each library in addition to access to scholarly articles and reference materials. The library also offers some online resources to help students with their academic and career goals, including an occupational handbook and an online writing lab with tips for writing resumes.
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