LSUA expecting $12 million student success center by 2025

The building is planned to be a one stop shop for students, with everything they need for growth at LSUA
Published: Apr. 21, 2023 at 6:19 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2023 at 6:23 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - In the Fall of 2025, LSUA will have a new look and a one stop shop for students - placing everything they need in one place.

Since 2013, enrollment at LSUA has doubled - keeping the university on track to meet its goal of 5,000 students by 2025, but also forcing the school to expand in order to accommodate the growth.

The Martin Family Student Success Center is a $12 million facility designed to become the connection between a student’s in class learning and the professional development they need to enter the workforce. It’s complete with a range of services to help them explore career options and connect with employers.

“From day one of them being recruited out of a high school, whether they are in high school, have graduated from high school, whether they are an adult with a partial education and they are looking to comeback online, the services and staff inside of this building will help those students all the way throughout their career here,” said LSUA’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Deron Thaxton.

This new addition is the result of a community effort, including a school-led campaign that garnered $5 million and a $2 million donation from the RoyOMartin family. It’s support that LSUA Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Abbey Bain said is proof that LSUA is elevating the level of education in the region.

“We have seen tremendous support both from our community and our family right here on campus,” said Bain. “Students are thrilled, now we have over 4,000 students enrolled so it is definitely time to upgrade and have more room for our students as well as our staff that is supporting students in their success here.”

Construction on the Martin Family Student Success Center is set to begin later this fall and the project is expected to take about two years to complete.

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