Southeastern and NTCC Establish DirectConnect Partnership

Published 6:05 pm Saturday, January 20, 2024

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BOGALUSA, La. – In a significant step forward for higher education, Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) solidified their collaboration on Thursday, January 18, 2024. The new initiative, known as ‘DirectConnect to Southeastern,’ aims to simplify post-secondary education, particularly in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Washington, St. Helena, and Livingston parishes.

The agreement, signed by Southeastern Louisiana University President William Wainwright and NTCC Chancellor Jim Carlson, focuses on improving access for college students and better preparing those seeking certificate and/or associate degrees at NTCC. The goal is to make it easier for them to transition into a baccalaureate program at Southeastern.

President Wainwright highlighted the importance of the program, stating, “The DirectConnect to Southeastern program ensures that both institutions are proactive in addressing the ever-changing higher education landscape.”

He added, “The partnership further ensures that both Southeastern and NTCC are responsive to relevant actions of the Louisiana Legislature, leverages the Board of Regents’ ‘Master Plan for Higher Education,’ and encourages ease of transfer credits between post-secondary institutions and comprehensive community college services throughout the Northshore region.”

DirectConnect provides NTCC students with a clear pathway to attain a baccalaureate degree. Under the agreement, NTCC students will take courses at Southeastern in approved career pathways, including biological sciences, business administration, nursing, psychology, and supply chain management.

NTCC Chancellor Jim Carlson stressed the commitment of both institutions to supporting students in their journey towards graduation and employment in high-demand careers. “This collaboration strengthens our commitment and provides a seamless transition for students. The partnership will offer students expanded access to college and university programming and engagement in relevant workforce preparation,” he said.

Students enrolled in DirectConnect will complete their coursework on Southeastern’s campus, gaining access to the university’s Student Union, food vendors, and campus dining meal plan opportunities.

Both President Wainwright and Chancellor Carlson agreed that the primary goal of the partnership is to enhance workforce development in the region. The collaboration is expected to create a smoother transition for students from community college to university, contributing to the growth and prosperity of southeast Louisiana.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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