In support of the university's mission and committment to serve the educational needs of working adults the Office of Professional & Continuing Studies has collaborated with departments from within the university and local community agencies to offer several non-credit certificate programs. These programs are designed to provide their students with the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a new career, freshen current skills, or improve their qualifications.
Loyola offers several non-credit certificate programs. These programs are designed to provide students with the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a new career, freshen current skills, or improve a student's qualifications.
We currently offer certificates in the following:
Ms.Brackett assists the director and students of the evening programs, certificate programs, graduate programs and summer session by providing administrative support and admissions assistance. She also maintains the daily functions of the office, including work study and budget maintenance. Ms. Brackett first worked at Loyola in 2004 as the Administrative Assistant for the Women's Resource Center and later as the Project Assistant for the NOCCAV (New Orleans Campus Coalition Against Violence) grant project.
M.L.A., Tulane University; B.A., Political Science, Loyola University New Orleans
Ms. Melissa Lightell is the Interim Director of the Office of Professional & Continuing Studies. She is a New Orleans native and an alum of Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in mass communication. Ms. Lightell also holds a Master of Liberal Arts from Tulane University, and she is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the North American Association of Summer Schools (NAASS).
Ms. Lightell has been with the office since 2001. As the Director, she meets with prospective evening program students and guides them through the admissions process. She is also available to help current students with any issues they may have in regards to their courses or degree program. Graduating evening program students can meet with Ms. Lightell to discuss their degree audits and certifications.