Environmental job training set for Dillard

Dillard University will be offering free environmental job training between Sept. 2 and Nov. 14.

The training will cover hazardous waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation, lead abatement and asbestos abatement.

The training is available to anyone who lives in the New Orleans metro area.

It will be held at Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at 2401 Gentilly Blvd. Stipends, bus tokens and lunch are available.

For more information, call (504) 816-4025. To apply online, visit www.dscej.org.

LSU nursing school gets education grant

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing was awarded a $700,000 grant to increase access to advanced nursing education and patient care for disadvantaged, underserved and under-represented groups, as well as veterans.

The two-year grant was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The advanced education nursing trainee program is designed for licensed registered nurses seeking graduate nursing education.

The grant will provide funding for up to 50 eligible full-time and part-time students to cover a portion of their tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

Recipients must commit to practice in areas with shortages of health professionals or medically underserved communities for at least one year after graduation.

The funds will be distributed among eligible applicants, with preference going to applicants meeting criteria of background, need and commitment.

Tulane expands culinary medicine program

Tulane University’s culinary medicine program has moved into its new 4,600-square-foot teaching kitchen in the Refresh Project, a fresh-food hub at 300 N. Broad St. in Mid-City.

The new teaching kitchen — the nation’s first affiliated with a medical school — is the centerpiece of Tulane’s program to teach medical students and doctors culinary skills so they can help patients make practical dietary changes to improve their health.

The center will teach healthful cooking techniques to medical students, residents, doctors, chefs and members of the community and will offer programs about the significant role food plays in preventing and managing obesity and associated diseases.

Tulane is the first medical school to have a full-time chef as an instructor.

“Physicians talk about nutrition and diet all the time, but they don’t talk about it in a way that communicates change to their patients,” said Timothy Harlan, who directs the program.

The center will offer free community cooking classes as well as continuing medical education programs for physicians. It also will conduct nutrition research.

Ribbon-cutting Friday at new Delgado campus

The beginning of the fall semester at Delgado Community College marks the opening of a new Delgado campus, the Delgado Sidney Collier site at 3727 Louisa St. in New Orleans.

The Delgado community and the general public are invited to attend a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Friday. The program will begin at 9:52 a.m. to mark the time flooding began in the area during Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005.

The site is in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans, between Gentilly and the 9th Ward. The $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier site replaces the former Louisiana Technical College Sidney Collier campus, which was devastated by floodwaters during Katrina and subsequently demolished.

The new campus is expected to function as a community center. Many of the programs offered by Delgado at the new location have never been available to residents in that part of the city and region.

The Sidney Collier site offers courses leading to associate degrees and transfer to four-year institutions, certificates of technical study, technical diplomas, noncredit courses, English as a second language instruction and high school equivalency diploma preparation.

Detailed information about academic programs is available at www.dcc.edu/collier.