For students attending community college, there's still hope to get that bachelor's degree. Over the last year, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College has offered a bridge program and now LSU-Eunice is joining forces. The program helps students work towards admission to the university.
UL-Lafayette Admissions Director, Andy Benoit, says those enrolled didn't quite meet the entrance requirements for admission to UL-Lafayette or weren't yet ready for a 4-year degree. This is their second chance. The bridge program gives students a taste of university life and access to their admissions counselors.
"At the same time, they'll have access to the university programs like the library and athletic events that they wouldn't normally have access to,” said Benoit.
Last year, roughly 100 students were enrolled in the bridge program. It's around the same this year. But with LSU-E now on board, Benoit expects there will soon be higher numbers.
“It allows students from over Acadiana, not just here in Lafayette, but also reaching out toward the Acadia Parish area, Evangeline area, and those areas around LSU-E as well,” said Benoit.
And it's not just attractive to locals. Students from all over the state, like Baton Rouge and New Orleans are enrolling in the program as well. UL-Lafayette is rated one of the most reasonably priced universities in the state and this only helps students save more money while investing in their future.
"It allows you to be a lot more competitive in the marketplace and we're finding that you will typically earn a lot more money with a bachelor's degree versus a high school diploma,” said Benoit.
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