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Leadership Tangipahoa visits local education groups

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Leadership Tangipahoa visits local education groups
Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2019 visited several of the educational institutions within the parish on February 19th.  With trailblazers at the helm, the forefront of their innovative visions and strategic plans was student learning. Education has been a constant theme within our parish from previous visits, so this day was an in-depth analysis of the exciting happenings within the world of education in Tangipahoa Parish.
We started our day with Courtney Christian School.  Mrs. Sue Courtney opened the doors of Courtney Christian on August 20, 2015.  Courtney Christian is a privately funded school and is currently accepting applications for grades PreK-3 to 8th.

CCS (Courtney Christian School) is faith based education and believes the home, school, and church should work together to train the child spiritually and intellectually.  CCS is committed to our nation’s history. CCS instills Biblical Principles and Christian Character Training. The Christian Character Training consist of four main character traits that are consistently reinforced each day.  The traits are: Liberty of Conscience, Self-Government, Industry, and Dominion. Last but not least, CCS pledges Academic Excellence; Administration and Faculty establish academic goals for student learning by designing and implementing academic programs that promote student achievement.
CCS provides the normal early childhood, elementary, and middle school curriculum.  This year they started offering advance reading, language, and math.

The clubs available are Beta, 4H, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, and Washington, DC.

There are various extracurricular activities for the children to participate in including, Art, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Flag Football, Music, Piano, Track, and Volleyball.

The current enrollment is over two hundred students. Mrs. Courtney said they plan to have over three hundred students enrolled for the next school year. The future for CCS is very bright there is definitely a high school in their vision.    

Our second stop of the morning was to the Tangipahoa Parish School System Central Office in Amite, Louisiana.  There we met with Superintendent Melissa Stilley, who shared the district’s core values- Be Respectful, Be Compassionate, Be Great.  She explained the district’s strategic plan in the form of four subcategories including resource management, academics, managing stakeholders, and leveraging technology.  Assistant Superintendent, Ronald Genco, informed us about the human resources side of the district with almost 3,000 employees and the importance of the district’s academics being Tier I, which is the highest quality curriculum for the students. Assistant Superintendent, Byron Hurst, who is over Student Services and Transportation, discussed overhauling discipline in our district as well as the newest Alumni Comeback Campaign to bring alumni back to visit schools within the district. Chief Financial Officer, Bret Schnadelbach, presented information about the four funds within the budget as well as where and how money is spent. Director of Academics, Lisa Fussell and Magnet Supervisor, Alison Andrews, explained the pathways for high school students, types of diplomas, and the magnet programs with district options.  

After leaving the hub of the Tangipahoa Parish School System, we traveled to Hammond High Magnet School where we were greeted by principal, Shelly Gaydos. Our lunch was provided by the HHMS ProStart Culinary team under the supervision of Amy Dagros, who is a previous recipient of the Louisiana State High School Teacher of the Year.  Our lunch was prepared from start to finish by the students, as they came out in their culinary jackets detailing the components and creation of each dish as they presented them to us. We enjoyed homemade bread, onion soup, creamed spinach with pork tenderloin, and a wonderful dessert creation of fruits, homemade ice cream, and chocolate.  After touring the kitchen, we visited classes where students were engaged in the International Baccalaureate courses. After visiting these rigorous classes and learning about the level of commitment for this program, we traveled to visit the newest creation in the robotics lab. There, some of the robotics students were putting the final touches on their robot, which they will enter into national competition.    

Our fourth stop we traveled to Northshore Technical Community College, the doors opened to what was known as the Hammond Vo-Tech School in 1967. School enrollment then is nothing compared to now with over four thousand students. NTCC has four campuses, two instructional service centers, and one extension campus. They offer a wide range of educational programs to students in the Florida Parishes.
Northshore Technical Community College is committed to providing quality workforce training and transfer opportunities by awarding associates degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates to students seeking a competitive edge in today’s economy.

The Hammond campus offers Air conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive, Technology, Care & Development of Your Children, Electrician, Information Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, and Welding.
In 2011 NTCC completed its accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Council on Occupational Education (COE). The college continues to maintain quality programs.

Dean Bridget Laborde, BS and Associate Provost, Health Sciences & Nursing, Christi Marceux MSN, RN gave us a warm welcome an outstanding tour of the Hammond campus.  NTCC is definitely one of Hammond’s hidden jewels.

The final visit of the day was with Dr. John Crain, President of Southeastern Louisiana University.  We met with Dr. Crain in the newly renovated student union where he presented numerous highlights of the various colleges on campus like the College of Education, working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the MBA program being ranked 35th in the nation. Southeastern, home to students from across the state, nation, and world, has 261 majors, minors, and concentrations available in degree offerings that include 1 associate degree, 43 baccalaureate degrees, 19 master degrees, and 2 doctorates at SLU.  Even with all of the academics available at SLU, the outreach programs of Columbia Theater, KSLU, Turtle Cove, Lion Athletics, and high school dual enrollment were just as detailed. In the 365-acre campus with 149 buildings, student safety is also top priority as SLU has been ranked the number one safest large campus in Louisiana. Dr. Crain also spoke about the importance of valuing the students, listening to their requests, and making commitments for future improvement projects which would include a new Lion statue set to appear in Friendship Circle in the near future.  

We would like to thank our sponsors Tangipahoa Parish School System and Jani-King Gulf Coast for this opportunity to participate in the Leadership Tangipahoa experience.  We have made memorable experiences all while learning about the great parish we live, work, and raise our families.

--Kristie K. Hebert and Roslyn Varnado

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