Satellite Center broadens education

St. Charles Parish has been very creative in the past in the education field. It has always scored as having one of the best systems in the state in teaching our young residents how to read, write and add numbers.

But it has also come up with new ways for our young folks to use their brain power. And our Satellite Center has been a testament to that.

After 10  years in operation following a slow start, the center is accomplishing a new direction in which our students can progress toward a bright future that can lead almost directly to healthy employment. Destined to have its inaugural class in 2005, construction delays on a new building for it made it necessary for existing buildings to provide the space needed.

For example, TV production students had to be taught in the central office board room. Then, the arrival of Hurricane Katrina caused further delays till December of that year when the new building got into full production.

Since then, the center has scored remarkable progress in preparing local students in fields they wish to enter for artwork, video production, many types of health care and innumerable other fields that would benefit from an early entry during high school years. One student, Elizabeth Fuselier, who went to the digital media portion of the Satellite Center in 2010 knowing only that she had an interest in art, started off in animation but was guided to an area that led her into theme park design. She is finishing her last two years of a bachelor’s  degree at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Fuselier said, “The Satellite Center really broadens your horizons and makes you see that you can go anywhere and do anything with a career. Now I’m at this school doing theme park design and hopefully I get to work for Disney.”

She added that her experience at the Satellite Center has put her at an advantage over her peers at the California school. Many students have not even begun to work with the design program that she used while at the center.

A formal 10th anniversary celebration was held Friday at the center located at 285 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. It has been a great lift to the educational progress of our parish in the past and should continue to be so in the future.

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