College distinctions, a young entrepreneurs class and a drop dead graduation date on tap | St. Tammany community news

D.J. Jackson, a business administration major from Slidell, has been named to the Residence Life staff in Shannon Hall at Culver-Stockton College. Jackson and the other 25 other RAs selected returned to school in August to train and prepare for the semester now beginning. They are responsible for developing a healthy, open, safe and welcoming community for all students in residence at the Canton, Mo., college.

Isabel Yarborough, an 18-year-old Covington resident and owner of Flora + Wild, says it was her participation in a previous “Young Entrepreneurs Academy” at Southeastern University in Hammond that taught her the life and business skills that now serve as her career guideposts. “I have found a career path now — what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she said.

It is now time to sign up for local students in grades six through 12 to apply to take part in the upcoming 2020-21 academy. Classes will take place from October to April at Southeastern’s College of Business in one of its state-of-the-art technology labs.

Southeastern and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center on campus partner to host the after-school program where students develop, build, and launch their own business or social enterprise. 

Each class is limited to only 25 students to ensure individual attention and safe social distancing. The application deadline is Sept. 25 or when the class is full, whichever comes first. 

Students can apply through the program’s website at Each accepted applicant receives a 50% reduction in tuition from sponsorships offered by more than a dozen local businesses, with additional scholarships available based on need. 

Deadline: Sept. 15 is the last day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in the fall 2020, the school recently announced. Students who do not submit the required $25 fee and application by that date will not be considered a degree candidate for the fall 2020 term. The $fee must be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building, before completing the graduation application.

Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available at or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at (985) 549-2244. There is also a direct link available at

In addition, the graduation application for spring 2021 is open; for info regarding graduation application, deadlines and fees, see

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