The Bayou Region offers numerous career-focused programs that prepare students for success in local industries after graduation. The region has a variety of four-year and two-year institutions, as well as options for students seeking non-degree or certificate programs. Many Bayou Region schools offer distance-learning classes that make it easy for students to further their education while balancing a job in any field.
Community and technical colleges — including Fletcher Technical Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical Community College — feature multiple campuses across the region that provide core classes and specialized training that caters to the workforce demands of their communities.
One of the nation’s largest public higher education systems, the University of Louisiana System includes Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Nicholls State is committed to offering specialty programs that fit the community’s needs. Nicholls’s Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management Department, which partners with Fletcher Technical Community College, is home to the nation’s most popular and most affordable four-year petroleum technology/technician degree. Nicholls State University is also home to an acclaimed culinary arts program with the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, which works with some of the area’s best chefs to incorporate real-world training that prepares students for a successful career after graduation.