NEW ORLEANS WORKS: Two dozen medical assistants recently completed a four-month training program provided by Ochsner Health System and Delgado Community College and are now employed by Ochsner.

The New Orleans Works medical assistant training program is a collaboration involving Ochsner Health System, Delgado Community College, Providence Community Housing and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

“This brings the total to over 150 individuals who have successfully completed the NOW program and are employed as medical assistants in the health care field,” said Bonita Robertson, NOW’s site director, who serves as the connector between Ochsner and Delgado.

“A key ingredient for a successful workforce program is the continued development of an individual’s hard and soft skills,” said Robertson. “In this case, Delgado is preparing students for the clinical duties, such as performing basic laboratory tests and drawing blood, while Ochsner, through its Leadership Institute, is providing the administrative and personal skills needed for success.”

For information on New Orleans Works, contact Robertson at (504) 598-4663 or at

DELGADO FAMILY FUN FEST: A Family Fun Fest will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Joey Georgusis Center for Children at the Delgado City Park campus, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans.

The event will feature activities for the entire family with the goal of promoting movement and family bonding, including face painting, arts and crafts, a tween-teen game room, bounce house, tumble bus and bean bag toss. There will be a silent auction in conjunction with the festival to support infant, toddler and preschool programs.

Advance passes are $10 per child or $8 per child for two or more children. On the day of the event, passes are $12 per child. Food sold separately. For information, call (504) 671-6372 or email

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY: Robert McKnight, of New Orleans, a second-year law student at the Southern University Law Center, is working as a legislative aide to Texas state Sen. Rodney Ellis during the state’s legislative session, which continues through May.

“I want to encourage others, young or old alike in New Orleans, they can accomplish unlimited possibilities through hard work and dedication,” McKnight said.

McKnight is a 2005 graduate of St. Augustine High School and a 2009 graduate of Southeasten Louisiana University. As a legislative aide, he focuses on bill drafting and policy issues relevant to education, criminal justice and probate law. After law school, he plans to practice in the area of administrative law.

SLU VOCALISTS: Kalee Broussard, of Destrehan, and Faith Entrekin, of Luling, were among 11 Southeastern Louisiana University vocal performance students who were finalists at a competition held by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on March 14 at SLU.

Broussard took second place in the graduate women category, and Entrekin was third in the freshmen women category.

The auditions were judged by voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana chapter. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.

Members of the SLU voice faculty who contributed to conference events included Kristen Marchiafava, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker. The collaborative pianist staff included Irina Cunev, Chuck Effler and Raisa Voldman.