New Orleans Times-Picyaune NOLA.com 9/20/ 2013
New Orleans Job Corps graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during the Center’s recent commencement exercises Sept. 14 at Loyola University in New Orleans. It was the program’s largest graduation ever with 79 students receiving diplomas, NOJC officials said.
LaVerne Saulny, Regional Manager for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, delivered the commencement address, celebrating the accomplishments of the graduates and reminding them to pursue their dreams with passion and determination. Ms. Saulny told the graduating class that the seeds of their success have been planted at Job Corps and now it’s time for them to find their purpose in life and make it happen.
New Orleans Center Director Michael Fernandez told the audience, “The young people before us today have cleared so many hurdles, overcome so many obstacles to become graduates and in doing so have demonstrated to us all the awesome power of determination, hard work and persistence.”
This year’s graduates represented Job Corps six academic trade programs, Health Occupation Technology, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Support, Culinary Arts, Carpentry and Electrical. Job Corps is a free job training program for disadvantaged and low-income youth between the ages of 16-24. For more information on enrolling at New Orleans Job Corps Center, please call the Outreach & Admissions office at (504) 484-8093.