South Louisiana Community College is celebrating the opening of its minority excellence center today.
Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, the center’s goal is increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates among African-american students.
The center also houses the colleges new academic success center, which offers tutoring services.
Program director Tonya Balls says this program is helping minority students gain academy achievement and teaches the importance of building professional relationships.
“Many of the students we serve as their family, a home away from home. We want to not only help them to achieve academic excellence, but go beyond that; become contributors to their community, volunteer in the community. Really instill in them the importance of having the mentor, men-tee relationship.”