The Education Fund is a 501c3 that provides assistance to the area’s educational needs at PreK12, Technical College and University levels. Examples of support include, but are not limited to: support of middle school math and robotics teams, advancing industry-based certification efforts, helping to stand up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based summer camps, and implementing Project Lead the Way in Natchitoches Parish schools. Click here to learn more.
Since 2011, the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the NSU Child and Family Network, a resource and referral agency, to offer the Natchitoches Early Childhood Project. The Chamber recognizes the importance of the earliest formative years for our little ones and uses funds from this program to provide enhanced environments in local, Class A, Quality Start early childhood education centers. Click here to learn more.
Reading regularly with preschool-age children gives them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will send every child that registers a carefully selected book each month, every year until their 5th birthday. All Natchitoches Parish residents are eligible for this program! Click here to learn more.
Being a Certified Work Ready Community provides a real, quantitative measurement of our workforce in several key areas. The program connects the emerging, transitional and currently employed workforce with employers in ways that help reduce employee turnover, training times and orientation, while providing employees at all levels a nationally-recognized certificate indicative of job-readiness. Click here to learn more.
Northwestern State University offers professional development programs for Elementary Launch (ELE), Gateway, Engineering (ENG), and Computer Science (CS) through its core training, conferences, and other professional development opportunities as well as program initiatives and statewide/regional support and communication. Click here to learn more.
Jump Start is Louisiana’s new Career and Technical Education program. Through Jump Start students earn industry credentials while still in high school. Jump Start students graduate high school prepared to secure a high-wage job and attend a technical or community college. Click here to learn more.
The Natchitoches Community Alliance partnered with Northwestern State University and Central Louisiana Technical and Community College to bring students the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program. AMT offers an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Northwestern State University and an AMT Certificate through a unique work/school program. Click here to learn more.
School Board Meeting Information
The Natchitoches Parish School Board meets the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month, at the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, 310 Royal Street. Click here to engage.