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Fresh Market Opens at Fletcher, Plans Unveiled for Upgraded Student Commons Areas

SCHRIEVER, LA — Attendees of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours reception at Fletcher Technical Community College on August 15, 2019, were treated to the first look at the college’s Fresh Market food store and viewed plans for the upgraded Student Lounge and Student Atrium.

The upgrades in the Student Lounge and Atrium are made possible by a $100,000 gift, a portion of which will be used for scholarships, from Mr. and Mrs. C.H. “Bobby” Burguieres, Jr. to the Fletcher Foundation. The student lounge, which currently consists of standard tables and chairs, will be repainted and feature more modern, comfortable furniture with plenty of charging stations for devices. The Atrium will also be repainted and refurnished. Both projects will be completed by December 31, 2019.

“We are so very grateful to the Burguieres family for the very generous donation,” commented Chancellor Dr. Kristine Strickland. “These dollars will help our college continue to provide the best student experience possible. The funding, which will enable us to upgrade our lounges and provide scholarship dollars to students, will enhance the college’s ability to create community amongst our students.”

Adjacent to the Student Lounge, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held that night for the Fresh Market store, which is owned and operated by Premier Companies. This innovative approach to dining provides a wide variety of food and snack choices. Fresh salads, parfaits, yogurt, sandwiches, and home cooked meals such as meatloaf and chicken alfredo, are available for purchase. Food options will change frequently and will always be fresh. A wide variety of beverages, chips, cookies, and other snacks can be purchased, and there is a small section dedicated to non-food items that students frequently need quickly. Items are purchased at high-tech thumb print recognition payment kiosks where customers can establish accounts for fast and easy payment. Students and parents of students can also deposit a predetermined amount into the student’s account to act as a food “allowance.” The Fresh Market is open to students, staff, faculty, and the public whenever Fletcher is open.

“Fletcher Technical community college is honored to be able to celebrate two major milestones for the college this week,” commented Dr. Strickland. “The opening of the fresh market on campus will provide students with expanded food options while pursuing their studies.  This new and innovative concept paves the way for campus dining services and we are excited to be able to launch this concept on campus.

Both of these investments in the student experience, from the Burguieres family and Premier Companies, reflect our continued dedication to providing our community with a quality training and educational experience.”