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Special program helps match students with high demand careers

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New Orleans, La.- An initiative to direct promising New Orleans area high school students into promising careers expands at University of New Orleans.

Students4HIGHER is a private, non-profit initiative which helps qualified high school graduates earn a college degree by providing a combination of financial assistance, mentoring and part-time employment.

The new Premier Scholars program is directed at high performing graduates who hope to pursue academic majors in engineering, accounting, education, tourism, film arts and other programs which address local needs for an educated workforce.

Student4Higher founder, Barry LeBlanc says, "We hope to play a role in helping strengthen our local, public university and build an educated workforce that matches the needs of our business."

LeBlanc tells FOX 8 he acts as a sort of "matchmaker" for the students and local companies.

LeBlanc says they hope to enroll 100 Premier Scholars in the program over the next two years.

Interested students must first be accepted by UNO. For more information on applying for the Premier Scholars program, log on to www.student4higher.org.

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