According to Nicholls State University, they have recently reached three agreements that will pave the way for cross-enrollment of their campus with Fletcher Technical Community College. Although the agreements cover several areas, one main emphasis reached between the two institutions is to prepare students that are studying early childhood education to enter their chosen field.
Meeting earlier this month at Fletcher’s main campus in Schriever, were Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls State’s President, and Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor of Fletcher. The collaboration of cross-enrollment between the institutions was designed with the goal of ensuring credits were mutually transferable for the betterment of students. These agreements pertain to various programs, of which early childhood education and petroleum engineering are noteworthy.
Nicholls Dr. Clune stated, “Chancellor Dr. Strickland and I decided early on that we were not going to compete. We decided we were going to benefit one another, complement one another, be completely transparent with one another and share everything. There are so many things we can work on together to better the Bayou Region.”
Fletcher Technical’s applied science program in care and development of young children is anticipated to complement the birth-to-five/early interventionist program available through Nicholls State. Another set of complementary programs will be that of Fletcher’s integrated production technology program and Nicholls’ petroleum engineering technology and safety management program.
“Across the board in the state of Louisiana, birth to five education as a major is a top priority,” said Dr. Scot Rademaker, who is the Dean of the Nicholls College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “I think this agreement between Nicholls and Fletcher will help bolster that and help us prepare students ready to go into the early childhood education field a better understanding.”
Fletcher Technical’s Dr. Strickland commented, “This program is perfectly timed to align with that new emphasis and the importance of educating our youth. Investing in and focusing on early childhood is where we create opportunities for our children and their futures.”
“We know people want a pathway to achieve not only an associate’s degree but a baccalaureate degree and beyond,” Dr. Strickland said. “And it is through the strong foundation that has occurred over the years and continues in our partnership with President Dr. Clune and his entire staff that we can say to our community, that all the options you need for education are right here in your backyard.”
Details and instructions on the cross-enrollment program are available on Fletcher’s website at: http://www.fletcher.edu/service/cross-enrollment/. Instructions are provided for students with Fletcher as their home institution, as well as for students with Nicholls as their home institution. Home school is identified as where the student is enrolled for the majority of credit hours.
Of importance is that students in the program are eligible to take one credit hour at the host institution for each hour at the home institution. No more than six credit hours may be taken at the host institution per semester/session. Consideration for exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and both institutions must approve.
For more information or questions, interested students can visit Fletcher’s website above or contact the Fletcher’s Registrar’s office via phone or email:
Alexis Knight, Registrar
Trey Clark, Assistant Registrar
The deadline to submit a cross-enrollment application for Spring 2020 was January 13, 2020. The Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 application will be available April 6, 2020.
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