INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY: Nadia Stevens, an industrial technology student at Nunez Community College, is one of seven students to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

“Nadia is about 75 percent of the way through our PTEC (process technology) program, and she has maintained an outstanding grade-point average throughout her time at Nunez,” said Don Hoffman, professor and program director. “She is a wonderful representative of the program and of Nunez Community College.”

Industrial technology is a high-wage, high-skill and in-demand profession with beginning salaries of $50,000 to $70,000 annually. PTEC positions involve working in manufacturing or processing facilities, and many positions are available locally.

Prospective students can learn more about PTEC and other Nunez programs at a summer open house from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. For information, visit

HBCU DIGEST AWARDS: Dillard University is a finalist in six categories of the HBCU Awards, which will be presented Friday at Hampton University in Virginia.

The HBCU Awards were created in 2011 by Jarrett L. Carter Sr., founding editor of HBCU Digest. The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities.

The categories in which Dillard is a finalist are: best choir; best fine arts program (film and theater); best science, technology, engineering and mathematics program (physics); female faculty of the year (Kemberley Washington, accounting and taxation); male alumnus of the year (Michael Jones, class of ’82, a lawyer and member of Dillard’s board of trustees); and male president of the year, Walter Kimbrough.

Proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, which seeks to promote the mission, culture and development of America’s historically black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education.

BROADCAST SCHOLARSHIP: Amairi Cordova, of New Orleans, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, is one of only two recipients of 2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters scholarships.

Cordova is a member of the reporting team at the Southeastern Channel. The $4,000 scholarship will go toward his junior year at Southeastern as he continues his studies and practices his chosen craft.

A communication major with a focus in electronic media, Cordova reports for “Northshore News,” named one of the top four college newscasts in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc., and “Best in the South” by the Southeast Journalism Conference, which includes universities from eight southern states.

Cordova also has worked on the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student entertainment show, “College Night.” He has hosted a blues show, “The Dirt Road,” and a campus activities program, “The Lion’s Den,” for KSLU radio.