Academic Catalog 2023-2024

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Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Nunez’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department strives to keep our community competitive and our economy strong by providing the most advanced, flexible, and applicable education and training for business and industry in Louisiana. Nunez has partnered with educational institutions, businesses, Chambers of Commerce, and other agencies to create initiatives that address local workforce needs.

Our mission is to provide individuals and businesses with the most advanced, customized and relevant education and training for economic growth. In addition, we provide affordable non-credit courses that address the professional, recreational, and cultural needs of the community.

Continuing Education offers non-credit courses (not applicable to a degree or certificate program) that are designed to expand career opportunities and maybe taught differently from traditional college courses. Additional offerings include courses and seminars that relate to recreation and lifestyle. These courses are concerned with the improved use of leisure time and personal development for both teenagers and adults. Nunez is an open enrollment institution. For more information, call 504-278-6420.

Industry Training for Certification

Workforce Development at Nunez works closely with independent industry groups to offer training that leads to industry-based credentials recognized in the field. With the billions of dollars of industrial expansions in Southeast Louisiana, many commercial and industrial crafts are in high demand and Nunez is offering training to help meet that demand. These programs are designed to quickly train and provide the skills necessary for these high-demand, high-wage jobs.

NCCER  (National Center for Construction Education and Research)

NCCER was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry.

NCCER uses standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. NCCER's Registry System also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

"non-curriculum available for certain skills trades"

Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program-7 weeks
Basic Safety- National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)

  • Heavy Equipment Level 1 - National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
  • OSHA 10 - OSHA
  • First Aid, CPR, AED -American Heart
  • Trenching and Excavation - National Utilities Contractors Association (NUCA)
  • Confined Space Training - National Utilities Contractors Association (NUCA)
  • Classroom - Scissor Lift, Boom Lift, Forklift, and Telescopic Forklift Certification
  • Practical Forklift Training, Extended Reach/ Rough Terrain Forklift
  • Practical Scissor Lift, Aerial Manlift, < 80ft & > 80ft
  • Practical Front End/ Payloader/ Classroom and Practical Excavator

Powered Industrial Truck (PIT)
This equipment training (also known as Powered Industrial Truck Training) will include classroom training, as well as hands-on practical skills training on the following equipment:

Scissor Lift
Boom Lift
Telescopic Forklift

One day - 8 hours. The majority of the course will be actually evaluating students maneuvering each piece of equipment, as well as training students on how to be a spotter. Upon completion, students will receive certification to operate each piece, as well as a certification as a spotter.

Forklift Training
1 day - 3 hours training
Participants will complete the coursework and training to be certified to operate a forklift. J.D. Keller Certification


Operators of both Water and Wastewater facilities are required to meet requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Committee of Certification, and as required by State law. These members of the municipal and state workforce enjoy good benefits, a clear promotional path, and above-average job security. As an aging workforce reaches retirement, operators are in demand in all parishes in Southeast Louisiana including St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany. In addition, many industrial plants have their own facilities requiring state licensed operators.

Our classes are instructor led, 32 hours courses led by gifted faculty and approved by the Louisiana Department of Health. We can offer private LDH examinations on our campus. We offer evening classes over three weeks to allow time to achieve greater proficiency in the material prior to examination. Our gifted faculty are Class IV licensed operators that work locally and bring decades of experience.

  • Wastewater Treatment (Class I – IV)
  • Wastewater Collection (Class I – IV)
  • Water Treatment (Class I – IV)
  • Water Collection (Class I – IV)
  • Water Production (Class I – IV)

Commercial Driving License

Truck, Bus and Other Commercial Vehicle Operator Instructional Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to drive trucks and other commercial vehicles. This course prepares students to obtain a class A commercial driver's license in Louisiana through theoretical and hands on exercises. Training includes classroom meetings, parking lot practicum, and road exercises totally over 160 contact hours. 


The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed by the leading metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS develops skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NIMS Skill Standards NIMS has developed skills standards in 24 operational areas covering the breadth of metalworking operations including metal forming (Stamping, Press Brake, Roll Forming, Laser Cutting) and machining (Machining, Tool and Die Making, Mold Making, Screw Machining, Machine Building and Machine Maintenance, Service and Repair). The Standards range from entry (Level I) to a master level (Level III). The NIMS credentialing program requires that the candidate meet both performance and theory requirements. The NIMS accreditation requirements include an on-site audit and evaluation by a NIMS industry team that reviews and conducts on-site inspections of all aspects of the training programs, including administrative support, curriculum, plant, equipment and tooling, student and trainee progress, industry involvement, instructor qualifications.

Machinist-Measurement, Material and Safety
Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
Basic Lathe Machine
CNC Machining and Advance Lathe

Auto CAD/SolidWorks

Computer-aided software program that enables drafters, architects, engineers, artists, interior designers, real estate developers and many others to create two dimensional models of solid surfaces and meshes.


Used to develop mechatronics systems from beginning to end. At the initial stage, the software is used for planning, visual ideation, modeling, feasibility assessment, prototyping, and project management. The software is then used for design and building of mechanical, electrical, and software elements.

Safety Training

Construction Site Safety Technician (CSST)

This comprehensive standardized safety training deals with site-specific hazards. These credentials are designed for Safety and Industry Professionals looking to jumpstart their safety career, find employment, or bolster their resume with nationally accredited certifications. This course is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), The CSST (Construction Site Safety Technician) is appropriate for an experienced journey-level craft professional seeking a path into the safety profession. The trainee must complete the entire Field Safety and Safety Technology curriculum for this credential. Trainees have the opportunity to earn OSHA-30

Hazardous Materials Course-Awareness

Involves 8 hours of classroom instruction, case studies, and interactive scenarios emphasizing awareness of potentially hazardous materials that are handled, transported or loaded and unloaded in a maritime setting through mechanisms such as labels and markings, the Emergency Response Guidebook or information stations. In addition, this course stresses the concept of "observe and report" in the case of an incident, with an emphasis on keeping the trainees and others a safe distance from the hazardous material.

Hazardous Materials Course-Operations

Designed to educate trainees in the defensive aspects of handling hazardous materials spills and incidents through 16 hours if classroom instruction and hands-on activities, with 8 hours of Awareness-level training as a prerequisite. Defensive efforts include activities to prevent the spread of leaked or spilled materials through actions such as damming and diverting, as well as the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including the donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) of PPE.


OSHA helps reduce future incidents by identifying potential hazards, reviewing safety procedures with employees to make sure they are well-known, and recordkeeping information about events.



Allied Health

Online Allied Health classes are self-paced and can be started at any time. Tuition includes access to the training system for up to twelve months but most programs can be completed in 6 months or less. Training leads to national certifications specific to the field of study such as Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) or Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT). Certification test vouchers are included along with full academic support including advising, academic counseling, career services, and placement.

  • Dental Assistant
  • Healthcare IT
  • Hemodialysis Technician
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant w/ Externship
  • Medical Transcription Editor
  • Pharmacy Technician w/ Externship
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physical Therapy Office Professional
  • Additional programs available