Guice: Meeting the needs of local industry

As the Louisiana Tech University presence in Shreveport and Bossier City continues to grow, we are adding academic programs that respond to the needs of local business and industry.

One such program we have recently made available at the Bossier City Academic Success Center (ASC) is our master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O Psych). Students in this 33-hour program will be able to complete their degrees without visiting Ruston through a combination of classes offered in the ASC, online courses, and hybrid-delivery classes. 

This program, which will help area residents make a positive impact in their workplaces, is exciting for a number of reasons. The I/O Psych graduate program is created to use science to make our workplaces smarter. In the program, students will learn how best to select and screen for the right employees – learning tools and methods that will help companies save resources – and find team members who have the right competencies and personality to make a positive impact on an organization. 

Students in the program learn how to help employees be productive and satisfied in their workplaces through classes like performance appraisal and job analysis. They learn to plan for growth in a company by identifying talent and helping it grow as well. Graduates can help create the kind of positive workplace environments that lead to greater employee engagement, motivation, and leadership, and these results can positively impact the bottom line for every company or organization.

The I/O Psych master’s program is an applied degree, with no requirement for a thesis, and students complete an internship, which can be at their current place of employment. The program is a great investment in a company – and in employees who show a desire to help make a difference in their corporate culture. 

Students interested in the program can start any quarter, and they have flexibility in the sequence of courses as they are taken. Our professors bring experience from colleges and universities – as well as the private sector – to the table to benefit our students.

To learn more, contact Dr. Frank Igou at figou@latech.edu or Dr. Donna Thomas at dthomas@latech.edu.

Dr. Leslie K. Guice is the President of Louisiana Tech University