Delgado joins with Motorsports Park

Delgado Community College has announced a new partnership with NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale.

The arrangement will let Delgado’s motor vehicle technology program combine its classroom training with hands-on intensive training for its students on the NOLA Motorsports Park campus.

Students will be able to apply their Delgado-acquired skills to hands-on projects while using NOLA Motorsports’ state-of-the-art facilities, vehicles and industry technology.

The agreement also allows Delgado and NOLA Motorsports to leverage local business and industry groups to pool their collective acumen and resources, which could potentially steer participating students into career opportunities in motor vehicle and automotive services following their time at Delgado.

The partnership was made official Thursday when Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis and NOLA Motorsports CEO Francisco Christian signed a memorandum of understanding and transferred keys at the new Delgado-designated garage on the NOLA Motorsports campus.

Delgado students will begin using the facility this summer.

For information, call (504) 671-6191 or go to the Delgado website.

LSU Health to hold ALS conference

The Human Development Center at LSU Health New Orleans School of Allied Health Professions will host a conference Friday and saturday addressing communication strategies for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Held in partnership with Team Gleason, the conference, at the LSU Health New Orleans Human Development Center, 411 S. Prieur St., is intended for allied health and other health professionals caring for people with ALS, people with ALS and their family members and anyone else interested in participating, according to LSU Health officials.

National experts will address subjects such as no-tech, low-tech and high-tech communication strategies, proactive message banking, strategies to enhance speech clarity and voice banking.

Experts also will discuss successful use of computer and AAC device strategies, as well as environmental controls and home automation systems for all budgets. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demo and practice with communication technologies.

ALS affects motor control and speech production. Speech and movement of the arms and legs are severely compromised. People with ALS must leave their jobs, give up use of the computer and accept assistance with even simple tasks.

Most people are unaware of the broad range of adaptations and devices designed to compensate for decreased motor control, according to school officials, and many patients can benefit from use of a head mouse, arm supports or voice recognition software.

The registration fee is $60 for the two-day conference. 

UNO opens Veterans Center for students

The University of New Orleans has unveiled a dedicated space where students who are military veterans can find administrative assistance and peer camaraderie.

UNO has more than 200 students who are veterans. 

Located on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library, the Veterans Service Center is designed to be a convenient resource and gathering spot for veterans and current military personnel who are students, UNO officials said.

President John Nicklow said that since arriving at the university two years ago, he has made it a priority to ensure that it provides veterans with a network of support that eases their transition to the academic world while "nurturing and valuing the unique experiences" that students with military experience bring to a campus.

The new space includes a seating area with three couches. One wall has a wall-sized American flag poster and features the seals of all branches of the U.S. armed forces. The center will be staffed by Faith Cutrera, coordinator of veterans services for UNO.

Nicklow also recognized Ann Lockridge, director of financial aid and scholarships, who helped bring the center to fruition in her role as administrative coordinator for veterans services. 

In 2015-16, UNO was named a “military friendly school” by MilitaryFriendly.com, a division of Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses.

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