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Students don’t have to leave home to attain a high-quality college degree. Abbeville hosts South Louisiana Community College, an institution with a mission to provide current and relevant job training to Vermilion Parish Citizens. SLCC has a presence in eight parishes in Acadiana, including Vermilion parish. Training can be of a short or long duration and result in a certificate, technical diploma, associate degree or industry-based certification.

At SLCC’s Gulf Area campus, students can choose from a number of majors including Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Cosmetology, Industrial/Agricultural Mechanics Technology, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Welding. Students can also work toward an associate’s degree in Accounting, Business and Business Administration.

Additionally, the campus can accommodate requests from business and industry to provide customized training and offers high school students the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses, allowing students to earn college credit while in high school.

The Gulf Area campus boasts a healthy placement rate and works with employers to ensure that students have the skills needed by industry and that students exit the training ready for immediate employment.

Gulf Area campus instructors possess industry based certifications and provide instruction in a manner that fosters the acquisition of similar certifications by students. WorkKeys testing is available and can be utilized by employers to assess workplace literacy skills of potential employees. Gulf Area campus also houses the Vermilion parish office of Acadiana Works. This state agency provides job placement assistance and referrals. The campus serves as a one-stop shop for all training and employment needs.

South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 10,000 students annually and operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville and Ville Platte.

Vermilion Parish’s location also places it within close proximity to the renowned University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the largest member of the university system with almost 19,000 students enrolled each year. Within 30 minutes, students can take advantage of nearly 80 undergraduate degree programs, 24 master’s degree programs, a post-master’s certificate program and doctoral degrees.

Today, Dr. Joseph Savoie, the University’s sixth president, oversees the state’s second-largest public institution. The University is an international leader in computer science, engineering and nursing. But that only counts a few of the more than 120 stellar undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Or, to put the last century or so in perspective, enough degree options to outnumber the entire original student body.

By any measure, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is thriving. Freshmen are more prepared for college-level work than ever before. More exceptional students are making UL Lafayette their first university of choice. And the university has devoted unprecedented energy and resources to student success.

The payoff so far:

• UL Lafayette has one of the highest graduation rates in Louisiana.

• Faculty members are earning national and international recognition. And, they are drawing record amounts of external research monies. In 2012, total research and development expenditures at the University totaled $74.68 million; only one other public university in Louisiana spent more on R&D.

• Four student residence halls have been built in the past three years and the expansion and renovation of the Student Union is under way.

• The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® are poised to lead the Sun Belt Conference in every major sport. And, the alumni can be proud of the fact that their degrees have more value and respect than ever before.

Lifted by the accomplishments of its students, faculty and alumni, the University has pledged to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve greater prominence among public institutions of higher learning.

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