RPCC to host training fair, Ochsner completes breakthrough pacemaker surgery | Business

RPCC to host training fair for industrial contractor careers

A fair training for students interested in working for industrial contractors will be from 4 pm to 6 pm Tuesday at the River Parishes Community College Plaquemine Campus.

The event is being sponsored by RPCC, the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, and Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter, with the help of a grant from Shintech. The groups have worked to provide training equipment and space at the community college campus to people who live on the west side of the Mississippi River that are interested in industrial craft training.

The classes at RPCC are set to begin in June. Shintech has committed to hiring four students enrolled in the classes and is encouraging other facilities to do the same.

Applications being accepted for Startup St. Bernard pitch competition

The entry period is open for the eighth annual Startup St. Bernard pitch competition, presented by the Meraux Foundation and the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation.

The entry period closes at noon June 10.

Three finalists will be selected to pitch their business to a panel of judges Aug. 4. This year’s prize package is still being developed and will be announced soon. All three finalists will receive a cash prize of at least $ 5,000. The winner will receive the grand prize package including a mix of cash and in-kind donations.

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The Startup St. Bernard Challenge is open to any business that will: locate its base of operations to St. Bernard for at least two years, improve the parish and actively participate in the parish’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To qualify, entrants must be in business for five years or less or be an existing business creating a new division or entity, have yearly revenue under $ 1 million and have five employees or fewer. Past Startup St. Bernard cash winners and nonprofit organizations are not eligible to enter.

Applications are available at startupstbernard.com/.

Ochsner completes first procedure using breakthrough pacemaker technology

Ochsner Baton Rouge electrophysiologist Dr. Freddy Abi-Samra successfully completed the first heart pacemaker procedure involving a new, technology that could make pacemaker surgery available to patients who may not benefit from traditional technology.

This first-of-its-kind system is a leadless device that is implanted in the left ventricle of the heart to enable pacing without the need to attach wires to the heart muscles.

Abi-Samra implanted the WiSE CRT System in a patient procedure at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge as part of a clinical study called SOLVE-CRT.

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