Delgado graduates include high schoolers

Last week, 15 high school students throughout the New Orleans area received a certificate of technical study from Delgado Community College, marking the second time they would graduate this spring.

Each of the students also was on track to graduate from Warren Easton Charter High School or Grace King High School.

The Delgado graduation was part of the college’s dual-enrollment program, which enables high school students to take courses for college credit.

The program prepares the students either to enter the workforce or to continue their studies at Delgado or other higher education institutions and earn a degree.

The students received their credentials in either residential electrical or medical registration at Delgado’s spring commencement May 17.

Loyola students win PR campaign honors

Strategic communication students from Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication won second place in the nation’s premier case study competition for public relations students, the school announced.

Their prize-winning campaign, “Second Line of Defense,” raised awareness and support for student veterans.

The Public Relations Student Society of America’s annual Bateman Case Study Competition calls on university teams to create a full-scale public relations campaign for a nonprofit organization. This year, it partnered with the Student Veterans of America with plans to raise awareness of problems facing student veterans around the world.

The competition brought in 70 entries. Sixteen received honorable mentions in April, and three finalists presented their campaigns Wednesday in Chicago: Loyola, Samford University in Alabama and the University of Alabama.

Loyola’s team included seniors Edward Wroten, Leanne Reisz, Shea Hermann, Sophia Masone and Morgan Ballard.

This was the 15th time Loyola students have been among the top three finalists in the competition. With nine national titles, Loyola has won more Bateman competitions than any other school in the country.

In preparing for the competition, the Loyola team performed market research, conducted a community survey, led focus groups, interviewed executives, created a concept and rolled out its campaign on a multimedia platform.

The judges noted the Loyola team’s creativity and its ability to culturally align its campaign with its city. The team’s theme, “Second Line of Defense,” was a double entendre referring to the second-lines prominent in New Orleans-style celebrations.

School mobility down in N.O., Tulane finds

In New Orleans, students are less likely to switch schools than they were before Hurricane Katrina, according to a new report by the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University.

The report addressed a concern that the new school choice-based system may lead to a “revolving door” for students switching schools, but researchers found the opposite occurred.

Total mobility declined between the 2004-05 and 2011-12 school years, the report found. Students have become more likely to stay in the same school year after year.

However, mobility gaps between black and white students and between low-income and other students have grown by 1-2 percentage points.

The report found most types of mobility declined, including among students who had the opportunity to stay in the same school but chose to leave.

The report found that New Orleans students typically move to higher-performing schools, but lower-performing students are more likely to move to schools with performance levels similar to the ones they left.

The report covers the period prior to the OneApp enrollment system, which placed additional restrictions on school transfers that may have further reduced student mobility.