Adult Education Center
Nunez Community College
504-278-6320
Suite J13
3710 Paris Rd.
Chalmette, LA 70043

Pat Pourciau, Director
St. Bernard Adult Education
ppourciau@sbpsb.org
Monday through Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Accelerating Opportunities – What is it?


Accelerating Opportunities (AO) is a grant funded (as implemented by Jobs for the Future), two semester program that is open to veterans, displaced workers, adult learners, students pursuing a high school equivalency, and anyone else with a need for basic reading, writing, and math skills. The AO program at Nunez Community College integrates basic skills with career and technical instruction. AO includes a set of core classes that are co-taught by an ABE instructor and Content Instructor based on the I-BEST model. Pathways in the Healthcare, Business, and Industrial Technology career clusters are available to all interested students. Interested students will fill out an application and submit a letter of support that attests to the students’ ability to be successful with this program. Minimum scores must be earned on the TABE test in Reading and Math to qualify.


Benefits of participating in the program include:
  • Earn credentials, Industry-Based Certifications and college credits towards your degree
  • Develop valuable academic and professional success skills
  • Earn your high school equivalency (HiSET) through co-enrollment in the St. Bernard Parish Adult Education Program
  • Benefit from wrap-around academic and student support services


  • Eligible candidates will be required to commit to the following:
  • Attending both college classes and basic skills classes during a 16 week semester program (approx. 20 hours/week)
  • Completing all the requirements of each class including assigned reading, homework, essays, and exams


  • Click the graphics below to explore the 3 pathways for Accelerating Opportunities

    Allied Health Core
    Business Technology Core
    Industrial Technology Core


    In order to apply for the Accelerating Opportunities program, you must fill out both an application and letter of support document and either fax or email these documents back to the Adult Education office.

    Adult Education Fax Number: (504) 278-6480         Adult Education Email Address: adulted@sbpsb.org

    Click here to download the Accelerating Opportunities Program Application
    Click here to download the Accelerating Opportunities Letter of Support


    The HiSET is an official Louisiana equivalent diploma for people who didn't finish high school. It can be earned only through official State HiSET programs.

    What You Need To Know:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and no longer enrolled in school. Persons under the age of 19 years old must have a drop slip from the last school attended. Persons under 18 years of age must have a school board waiver.

  • In order to register for HiSET classes, a valid state I.D. or passport is required and must be presented at the time that the HISET is given.

  • New students are given a complete diagnostic assessment (TABE) in math, reading, and language to find your level of placement.

  • The St. Bernard School Board Adult Education Program Offers:

  • Convenient Hours and Location
  • Individualized, as well as large and small group based instruction
  • Computer assisted, distance, on-line, and proxy based instruction
  • Quick Path to a HiSET Diploma
  • Self-Paced Work Plan
  • Accommodating Scheduling
  • Free Instruction and Use of Materials to Registered Students
  • Relaxed, Comfortable, Adult Atmosphere on a College Campus
  • Quick Access to Admission to Nunez Community College
  • Certified Instructors

  • Our HiSET/ Transition Counseling service offers assistance to those attempting to enroll in a college or post secondary institution. The Transition Counselors also will assist students in job searches, resume building, and other skills necessary in today’s market.

    Our 8-11 A.M, HISET/College Transition class helps students work on adult basic skills while gaining access to college admission or career training for improved financial self-sufficiency.
    HiSET:  What is it?

    Educational Testing Service (ETS) is giving the HiSET as the official test in LA for people who didn't achieve a traditional high school diploma. The HiSET is equivalent to a high school diploma.

    Why Do You Need a HiSET?

    Your chances of getting or keeping a good job are better if you have a high school diploma or a HiSET diploma. If you don't have a high school diploma, the HiSET is the stepping stone for all other training and postsecondary education. Most employers require a high school diploma or an equivalent (HiSET).