Southeastern Louisiana University’s Zoom into Careers has received a sponsorship for one of its summer programs for junior high and high school students to be held this summer at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

Bercen Chemical Company is helping to lower the cost of Zoom into Environmental Sciences, a new Zoom into Careers offering, a news release said.

The workshop’s $295 fee has been reduced to $65 thanks to the Bercen sponsorship. Class size is limited to 15 students, so early registration is encouraged. Registration is available at

Taught by Southeastern forestry expert Rebecca Effler, Zoom into Environmental Sciences ties into one of the goals of the Livingston Center: to increase the understanding of the environment by parish residents, the release said.

Effler said students will have the opportunity to explore a wide array of career options available in the field of environmental sciences and within organizations such as the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality, nonprofit organizations and local universities.

“Participants will receive hands-on experience through identification of forest and wetland plants, uploading local satellite imagery to obtain environmental information and through their research of the Combustion Inc. Superfund site in Walker,” Effler said.

A day trip is scheduled to visit Turtle Cove Research Center, Southeastern’s wetland research facility in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, Effler said.

All Zoom into Careers workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15-18. Registration for all other workshops will be limited to small groups, some as few as six participants. To ensure participation, students are encouraged to register early.

Participants can take advantage of early bird discounts by registering before May 7. Registration will continue through June 4.

Workshops are open to all rising seventh- through graduating 12th-grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, as well as NTCC’s Greensburg campus.

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