Delgado Community College and Praxair, Inc. will host a community event on Monday, October 6, to kick off the Praxair Skills Pipeline program, a new workforce development initiative. The event will serve as an opportunity for visitors to learn about the educational opportunities and career possibilities for welders in Louisiana.

What:

Visitors can enjoy free food and special gifts as they explore the possibilities of sparking new careers in welding. They will also have the chance to apply for one of 100 Praxair Skills Pipeline full welding school scholarships offered at Delgado Community College. Visitors and media can also:

—Stop by the “Ask a Welder” booth.

—Meet a welding artist.

—Learn about the latest in Praxair welding technology and more.

Event registration link: http://www.lctcs.edu/welder

When:

  • Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:

  • Delgado Community College City Park Campus, Student Life Center, Building 23, Lac Maurepas Room, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

Why:

An estimated 35,000 skilled craft workers are needed to grow the industrial construction workforce and 51,300 are needed to replace construction workers expected to leave the industry through 2016. The Praxair Skills Pipeline program provides more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana as well as support for instructorships, continuing education and professional development, and is funded by Praxair’s Global Giving Program. This community engagement program was developed to meet the strong demand for skilled welders and is an example of the company’s continued commitment to developing a diverse “pipeline” of talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and skilled trade professionals.

About Praxair, Inc.

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), a Fortune 250 company with 2013 sales of $12 billion, is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.

About Delgado Community College

Delgado is Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, and has the second-highest student enrollment among all higher education institutions in Louisiana. There are nine Delgado Community College locations in the New Orleans region, including the Delgado Sidney Collier Site on Louisa Street—a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility offering transferrable college credits as well as a variety of technical and workforce-oriented programs. Learn more at www.dcc.edu.

Grant to support Delgado Community College’s Water Infrastructure Personnel Training Program

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the GE Foundation will announce a multi-year grant to support the development of advanced manufacturing and water management skills in New Orleans. The program will support Delgado Community College’s ongoing efforts to train certified water infrastructure personnel, helping to fill critical infrastructure jobs by connecting job seekers to opportunities at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

This program is an extension of a century’s old commitment to the City of New Orleans by GE and the GE Foundation, and their ongoing work to support skill building and advanced manufacturing efforts around the globe.

The announcement will be made during the 87th Annual Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, hosted in New Orleans from September 27 through October 1, 2014.

WHO:      

Deborah Elam, President, GE Foundation & Chief Diversity Officer, GE

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, City of New Orleans

Joan Davis, Chancellor, Delgado Community College                     

Cedric Grant, Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

Sandra Ralston, President, Water Environment Federation

WHEN:        

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE:      

87th Annual Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference

The New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Hall G Lobby

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130

About Delgado Community College

Founded in 1921, Delgado Community College has the highest enrollment among all colleges and universities in New Orleans, and is one of the largest higher education institutions in Louisiana. More than 30,000 individuals currently are enrolled in the college’s academic and workforce development programs at nine Delgado Community College locations. Delgado provides students with the most comprehensive array of educational services available in the Greater New Orleans 10-parish region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of Louisiana’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to smoothly transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering associate’s degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education That Works!” Learn more at www.dcc.edu.

Delgado Community College has been awarded $2.5 million as part of a $7 million workforce development grant to three Louisiana community colleges from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Delgado Community College, Bossier Parish Community College and Central Louisiana Technical College are the three Louisiana awardees announced by the U.S. Department of Labor today, September 29.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant aims to educate veterans, displaced workers, unemployed and underemployed adults for good-paying, high-skilled jobs. The goal is to move these students into their new jobs in two years or less. Employers in Delgado’s service area are anticipating hiring graduates of the programs funded by the grant.

“The nearly $7 million investment in Louisiana colleges announced today will help prepare local workers with the skills needed for in-demand careers and advance the role of community colleges as engines of economic growth,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Over the last four years, the U.S. Department of Labor has invested more than $32 million in Louisiana—part of a long-term commitment to ensure that workers have access to training for the specific skills employers need to stay competitive in the global economy.” 

“Delgado Community College accepts these federal funds with gratitude to all those involved. The award will increase our capacity in ongoing efforts to assist key industries in developing a well-prepared workforce in the New Orleans area, which enhances the economy and improves the quality of life in our region,” said Joan Y. Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College.

Larissa Littleton-Steib, vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education at Delgado, said the grant money enables Delgado to develop training programs that will prepare students for high-paying jobs with manufacturing and energy companies in southeast Louisiana such as Laitram and Lockheed Martin. 

“Delgado’s Scale-Up Southeast Louisiana: A Solution for the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce grant will offer competency based, employer-driven training that will meet the workforce needs of business and industry,” said Littleton-Steib. “The newly-awarded TAACCCT grant will allow Delgado to implement training that includes comprehensive strategies for recruiting, training, hiring and retaining a skilled and productive workforce tailored to the needs of the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors in Louisiana.”

Grantees in this round were required to demonstrate: local labor market need for enhanced training in specific industries; a commitment to evidence-based program design and rigorous third-party evaluation; a clear plan for the transferability and articulation of course credit; strategic alignment with the workforce system, philanthropic organizations and other community partners; and the ability to leverage the curricula and lessons learned from previously funded TAACCCT projects. 

Littleton-Steib said the $2.5 million will become available in installments over three years, noting that program development is already underway.

This is the first single-institution TAACCCT award to Delgado Community College in the four-year history of the program. In November 2012, Delgado was awarded $886,965 in TAACCCT grant funding focused on retraining the regional workforce for jobs in the fast-growing information technology employment sector. That grant, which was received by Delgado as a member of a consortium led by Bossier Parish Community College, is being administered in the Division of Business and Technology at Delgado.

In September 2013 Delgado was awarded $2.1 million in workforce development funding through TAACCCT as a member of the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium (MRTDL), which was awarded $23.8 million in grant funds for nine community colleges located in eight states along the Mississippi River Region. The MRTDL consortium member colleges are committed to advancing economic development in the Mississippi River region, from the headwaters to the Gulf, and are dedicated to the placement of dislocated and other workers in high-wage, high-skill occupations in the transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) and related industry sectors.

Delgado Community College and Praxair, Inc. will host a community event in October to kick off the Praxair Skills Pipeline program, a new workforce development initiative. The event will serve as an opportunity for visitors to learn about the educational opportunities and career possibilities for welders in Louisiana.

What:

Visitors can enjoy free food and special gifts as they explore the possibilities of sparking new careers in welding. They will also have the chance to apply for one of 100 Praxair Skills Pipeline full welding school scholarships offered at Delgado Community College. Visitors and media can also:

—Stop by the “Ask a Welder” booth.

—Meet a welding artist.

—Learn about the latest in Praxair welding technology and more.

Event registration link: http://www.lctcs.edu/welder

When:

  • Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Where:

  • Delgado Community College City Park Campus, Student Life Center, Building 23, Bayou Lafourche Room, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

Why:

An estimated 35,000 skilled craft workers are needed to grow the industrial construction workforce and 51,300 are needed to replace construction workers expected to leave the industry through 2016. The Praxair Skills Pipeline program provides more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana as well as support for instructorships, continuing education and professional development, and is funded by Praxair’s Global Giving Program. This community engagement program was developed to meet the strong demand for skilled welders and is an example of the company’s continued commitment to developing a diverse “pipeline” of talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and skilled trade professionals.

About Praxair, Inc.

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), a Fortune 250 company with 2013 sales of $12 billion, is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.

About Delgado Community College

Delgado is Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, and has the second-highest student enrollment among all higher education institutions in Louisiana. There are nine Delgado Community College locations in the New Orleans region, including the Delgado Sidney Collier Site on Louisa Street—a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility offering transferrable college credits as well as a variety of technical and workforce-oriented programs. Learn more at www.dcc.edu.

Leaders from Delgado Community College and four school systems in the New Orleans region announced the signing of an agreement paving the way for high school students who have the ability to benefit from instruction in either their chosen career path or enrollment in a transferable course at Delgado Community College in their junior or senior year of high school.

Officials signing the agreement today were Board Member Mike Delesdernier of the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Superintendent James Meza Jr. of the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Superintendent Denis Rousselle of Plaquemines Parish Public Schools, Chancellor Joan Y. Davis of Delgado Community College, CEO Adrian Morgan of Algiers Charter Schools Association and Gail Audrict, Executive Director of the Department of Curriculum Instruction, Academics and Support Programs for New Orleans Public Schools.

The signing ceremony was held this morning at the Student Life Center located on Delgado Community College’s City Park Campus.

Dual Enrollment is designed for students who have the ability to benefit from instruction in either their chosen career path or enrollment in a transferable course at Delgado Community College in their junior or senior year of high school. Students enrolled in a Dual Enrollment course will receive high school credit/Carnegie units as well as transcripted credit from Delgado Community College.

This Memorandum of Understanding establishes that Delgado and school systems enter this agreement for the purpose of granting dual credit for approved course work to qualified and approved students enrolled in the courses at Delgado Community College in the Dual Enrollment program.

Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Davis said, “We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with these schools systems by expanding educational opportunities and meet workforce demands for students in the New Orleans area and beyond.”

This agreement is effective August 2014 through June 2015 and covers courses offered at Delgado Community College. 

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Pictured, left to right: Board Member Mike Delesdernier of the Jefferson Parish Public School System; Superintendent James Meza Jr. of the Jefferson Parish Public School System; Superintendent Denis Rousselle of Plaquemines Parish Public Schools; Chancellor Joan Y. Davis of Delgado Community College; CEO Adrian Morgan of Algiers Charter Schools Association; and Gail Audrict, Executive Director of the Department of Curriculum Instruction, Academics and Support Programs for New Orleans Public Schools.

Leaders from the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College announced the signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement, paving the way for Delgado graduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language Studies to easily transfer their credits to UNO in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who are interested in obtaining national certification in American Sign Language must have a four-year degree.

Officials from both institutions, including UNO President Peter J. Fos and Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis, participated in a signing ceremony today on UNO’s Lakefront campus.

 “As the only academic interpreter training program in Louisiana, the American Sign Language program at Delgado is well-respected in the deaf and interpreting communities, both locally and nationally,” Davis said. “We are proud to partner with the University of New Orleans to provide a pathway for students wishing to build upon their Delgado training to pursue an advanced degree at UNO.”

Delgado has provided American Sign Language training and education since 1976.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Delgado by engaging in another articulation agreement that will expand educational opportunities and meet workforce demands for students in the New Orleans area and beyond,” Fos said.

In order to obtain the National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, students must hold a bachelor’s degree to ensure that interpreters have a well-rounded education.

After earning their associate degree at Delgado, students can transfer up to 60 semester hours with a grade of C or better, which they can apply toward the 120 hours necessary for an Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree from UNO.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of interpreters and translators is expected to increase by 43 percent from 2010 to 2020. The rapidly growing demand is attributed to the increasing use of video relay services.

The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that approximately 200,000 Louisiana citizens identify as deaf or hard-of-hearing. Any or all of these citizens are potential users of interpreting services.

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

Delgado Community College, established in 1921 as a trades school for the City of New Orleans, has grown into a multi-campus, widely diversified community college serving the entire New Orleans region. Part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and fully accredited by SACS, Delgado enrolls more than 17,000 students in degree, diploma and certificate programs, plus 15,000 others in workforce development and continuing education.

UNO and Delgado Officials attend the signing of the new articulation agreement.

On Friday, October 3rd, 2014, the Adult Education Program at Delgado Community College will welcome new students interested in registering for classes. The free Program is open to any student seeking to earn a high school equivalency and/or prepare for various college and career pathways. Instruction is offered in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, critical thinking, and computer literacy, and all students are placed into structured classes with curriculum designed around the skill level and academic goals of each individual student.

With morning, afternoon, and evening classes offered at six convenient locations around the city, including City Park, the West  Bank, Jefferson (Metairie), Slidell, Sidney Collier (Gentilly), and in Mid-City, most students are able to find a full or part-time schedule that is convenient and accessible. All students will select a class time and location during the registration and placement testing process.

The registration event details are as follows:

  • What: New Student Registration - Adult Education Program at Delgado Community College
  • When: Friday, October 3rd, 8am-12pm
  • Where: Delgado Community College, City Park Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 108
  • Who: Any students (16 years of age and older) interested in improving their reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and digital literacy skills
  • Cost: Free!

The registration process will take between 30-60 minutes to complete, and students will receive information on when to return for placement testing and orientation. Program faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and advise students throughout the registration and scheduling process.

About the Adult Education Program at Delgado Community College

Started in 2007, the Adult Education Program provides free instruction to help students earn a high school equivalency diploma and prepare to enter college and career programs. The Program serves over 2,000 students annually and offers other free programming including English as a Second Language (ESL) and Computer Basics courses in addition to a co-enrollment program that allows students to take college classes while finishing earning their high school equivalency diploma. For more information, visit www.dcc.edu/adult-ed.

In the September 2014 issue of New Orleans Magazine, Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Yvette Davis is named as one of the city’s People to Watch. The story is available here, also below.

Joan Yvette Davis

People to Watch 2014

by Morgan Packard

As Chancellor of Delgado Community College, Joan Yvette Davis says the possibilities are endless.

“Every day is a new opportunity to help students have better lives.”

Her goal is to take the college “from excellence to eminence” while focusing on expanding programs to better address the needs of the community, as well as businesses and industry.

She is always on-duty. “I was recently waiting on a take-out order at a restaurant,” she says, “and talked one of the other waiting customers into enrolling. … I told him to apply at Delgado, and we would help him complete his degree and ‘get a lot of something great.’”

Davis is also excited about the reopening of the Sidney Collier campus in Eastern New Orleans, closed since Katrina, as well as the completion of several construction projects that are currently underway. In addition, recent legislation has, as Davis says, “presented opportunities for funding some of our expansion projects – provided that we’re able to obtain matching funds.” Consequently, Davis and Delgado are looking to partner with individuals, businesses and the community. “It will take a great deal of hard work and faith,” she says, “but Delgado is well worth the effort.”

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JEFFERY JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPH

Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Y. Davis made this comment regarding the retirement announcement today of Dr. Norman Francis as President of Xavier University in New Orleans: “Delgado Community College salutes Dr. Norman Francis, who announced today that he will retire at the end of the current academic year. In his 46 years as President of Xavier University, Dr. Francis has been at the forefront of educational issues and changing trends, always putting the best interest of students first. Locally, he has served as a beacon and strong leader in our community and a great friend to Delgado Community College. Our best wishes to Dr. Francis, who continues to inspire us every day.”

About Delgado Community College

Delgado is Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, and has the second-highest student enrollment among all higher education institutions in Louisiana. There are nine Delgado Community College locations in the New Orleans region, including the Delgado Sidney Collier Site on Louisa Street—a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility offering transferrable college credits as well as a variety of technical and workforce-oriented programs.

Congressman Cedric Richmond hosted the 4th Annual Small Business Expo at Delgado Community College on September 4.  The event brought entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses together to discuss and facilitate growth and development. Purchasing departments of major government agencies and top companies from around the state joined with representatives of small business assistance programs at the exhibition, which took place in the conference rooms of the Delgado City Park Campus Student Life Center. Congressman Richmond and Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis spoke with the attendees and exhibitors at the morning opening session of the day-long event.

About Delgado Community College

Delgado is Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, enrolling 32,000 students in over 100 degree, certificate and workforce programs. There are nine Delgado Community College locations in the New Orleans region, including the Delgado Sidney Collier Site on Louisa Street—a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility offering transferrable college credits as well as a variety of technical and workforce-oriented programs.

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 Congressman Cedric Richmond and Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis

Students who missed the August 16 fall semester start date can enroll through October 7. 

It’s not too late to get started in college this fall. Students still have time to apply for financial aid, take a placement test if necessary and enroll for October classes.

Delgado Community College is offering a Second Start of the fall 2014 semester. This unique opportunity allows students who missed the August 2014 start date more time to prepare, enroll and register for classes.

Second Start courses are full-credit courses taught over eight weeks instead of 16.  This means they are compressed and move at a quicker pace, similar to a summer term. Successful students are prepared to start working on the first day of class. 

Classes are typically core courses which appeal to a variety of student majors. Current, former and new Delgado students may all enroll through Second Start as long as individual course pre-requisites are met.

Second Start is an opportunity for students to enroll in college this fall instead of waiting until next year. Students who got a late start with the financial aid process, or who perhaps missed the deadline at another school in the area, will find Second Start beneficial to their goals. Rather than waiting until January to start, they can start in October and earn credits to keep progressing toward their goals.

For some students, taking an eight-week online class may be just the kick-start they need to ease back into college. Current students can use second start to augment their existing schedule. Second Start enables picking up an extra class to become full-time or taking an extra class to help reach graduation faster.

Registration is via LoLA now through October 7, 2014. Classes begin on October 8. Financial aid and admission applications are still being accepted, and placement tests are available. Students can pay their tuition and fees with a convenient installment plan.

To learn more, find answers to questions and see the list of Second Start courses offered this fall, visit http://www.dcc.edu/classification/students/second-start/.

Delgado, the largest and oldest community college in Louisiana, offers instruction online and at nine locations around the New Orleans region: Delgado City Park Campus, Delgado West Bank Campus, Delgado Charity School of Nursing, Delgado Sidney Collier, Delgado at UNO, and the Delgado Maritime, Fire and Industrial Training Facility (all in New Orleans); Delgado Northshore (Slidell); Delgado Jefferson (Metairie); and the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center (Gretna).

Visit www.dcc.edu for additional information or to apply and register online. Or, phone (504) 671-5012.

Today, Friday, August 29, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting took place at the front entrance to the brand-new Delgado Sidney Collier campus at 3727 Louisa Street in New Orleans. Members of the Delgado community and the general public attended the program, which began at 9:52 a.m. in commemoration of the time flooding began in the area during the Katrina disaster on August 29, 2005.

The new Delgado location is in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans, between Gentilly and the Ninth Ward. The $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier site replaces the former Louisiana Technical College Sidney Collier campus that was devastated by floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina and subsequently demolished.

Among those who addressed the attendees were: Joan Y. Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor; Woody Oge’, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; and Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans mayor.

“For nearly a decade, August 29 has been a date that New Orleanians who experienced the devastation of the 2005 flood associate with loss, with pain, and with anger. Those emotions will be with us always,” said Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis. “However, today, August 29, 2014, we celebrate the arrival of something new that has been built literally upon the ruins of a precious resource that was taken away suddenly and completely. Today, we celebrate the rebirth of this community, and of the dream of improvement through education that this beautiful campus represents. Delgado Sidney Collier belongs to all New Orleanians. We present it to you today with pride and love.”

“Nine years ago, New Orleans stared into the unknown as Hurricane Katrina left our great American city in ruins. Today, we reflect upon how far we have come and celebrate the dedication of the new Delgado Community College Sidney Collier campus,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “In following on their mission, Delgado plays an important role in our community by equipping citizens with the necessary education and training to compete for the jobs of the future. The new Sidney Collier campus provides another convenient location in the heart of the Desire-Florida neighborhood and together we are building a stronger New Orleans.”

“Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony is more than the opening of a new facility.  It symbolizes yet another historic step in the recovery of this great city and resilient community,” said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.  “We believe the new Sidney Collier site will be the epicenter of an emerging vibrant and economically strong community where families can live, learn, work and thrive.” 

Delgado’s Sidney Collier site is helping to revitalize the Desire-Florida neighborhood by serving as a pathway for residents to obtain job skills and employment. The school’s curriculum is aligned with community needs and interests, and the campus is expected to function as a community center and to be a focus of community pride. Many of the programs offered by Delgado at the new location have never been available to residents in that part of the city and region.

The new Delgado Sidney Collier site offers courses leading to the associate’s degree and transfer to four-year institutions, certificates of technical study, technical diplomas, and well as non-credit courses, English as a second language instruction and high school equivalency diploma preparation.

In Fall 2014, Delgado Sidney Collier offers the following for-credit programs: Associate of Arts Transfer Degree; Associate of General Studies; Associate of Science Transfer Degree; Technical Diplomas in HVAC/R, Barber-Styling, Cosmetology and Practical Nursing; Certificates of Technical Studies in HVAC/R, Carpentry, Electrician-Commercial, Electrician-Residential, Electrician-Small Industrial and General Studies.

Online resources, including construction photos and detailed information about academic programs, are available at www.dcc.edu/collier. Prospective students may visit www.dcc.edu for additional information or to apply and register online. Or, phone (504) 941-8500.

The hurricane-damaged Sidney Collier campus became part of Delgado in April 2010, when Louisiana Technical College Region One merged with Delgado. Before Hurricane Katrina, Sidney Collier’s enrollment approached 1,000 students, the highest of all Region One campuses.

Funds to build the new Delgado Sidney Collier site total $21 million, with $12 million provided through the State of Louisiana and $9 million through FEMA. The location is being constructed in two phases, the first (open now) financed by the state and the second by the federal government. Construction of the state-funded phase of the project began in May 2013 and ended in time for the grand opening in August 2014. Construction of the federally financed phase is now underway and is expected to conclude in 2015.

When all construction is completed next year, the new Delgado Sidney Collier site will be anchored by two conjoined two-story buildings with a main entrance facing the corner of Louisa Street and Higgins Boulevard. The state-funded part of the campus includes 36,000 square feet of space for classrooms, offices and support functions such as information technology. The federally funded part opening in 2015 will offer an additional 25,000 square feet dedicated to student services, including a library and student government offices, as well as classrooms, workshops and laboratories. The design includes a courtyard, dedicated space for future expansion, and approximately 100,000 square feet of landscaped grounds and parking. 

The opening of the Delgado Sidney Collier location brings new opportunities to students at nearby high schools. Students will be able to take advantage of dual enrollment at Delgado, enabling them to broaden their educational experiences and earn credits toward career credentials faster.

Delgado, the largest and oldest community college in Louisiana, now offers instruction at nine locations around the New Orleans region: Delgado City Park Campus, Delgado West Bank Campus, Delgado Charity School of Nursing, Delgado Sidney Collier, Delgado at UNO, and the Delgado Maritime, Fire and Industrial Training Facility (all in New Orleans); Delgado Northshore (Slidell); Delgado Jefferson (Metairie); and the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center (Gretna).

About Delgado Community College

Established in 1921, Delgado is recognized as Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, serving individuals of all ages who reflect the diversity of the New Orleans metropolitan area. Delgado’s nine locations serve the entire Greater New Orleans region. The college is the regional epicenter for professional and advanced career and technical education, academic pre-baccalaureate education and workforce development training. The college’s website is www.dcc.edu.

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Tune in to “Friday Night Football” live on NOLA38 at 11:00 pm on 17 consecutive Fridays beginning August 29, or the same night re-broadcast on WGNO Channel 26 at 12:08 am. Delgado Community College is a sponsor of this television program that spotlights the achievements of student-athletes competing in high school football around the city and region.

Jump Start, Louisiana’s new program for school districts, colleges—including Delgado Community College—and employers to work together to teach and train high school students, certifying them for technical fields which include high-demand, high- wage jobs, is the focus of AMERICAN GRADUATE: LOUISIANA’S FUTURE on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. on WYES-TV/Channel 12.

As part of the Education News Initiative between WYES-TV and WWNO 89.9 FM, this continuation of the AMERICAN GRADUATE national campaign examines Louisiana’s improvements in its high school graduation rate and helping students find their pathway to career through continued education or direct employment after completion of K-12.

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White points out seventy-two percent of adults in the state do not have a four- year university or two-year college degree and that Jump Start will ready high school students for the technical workforce of today. ”It’s actually a total restructuring of our high school system,” White told WYES. “We’ve got to start rewarding and funding our high schools when kids achieve career and technical outcomes just like we do when they achieve academic and university outcomes.”

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan said the career pathway emphasis has a tremendous impact on high school graduation rates around the country and the implementation of Jump Start should help continue graduation improvement in Louisiana, a state where approximately 600,000 adults do not have a high school diploma.  “Roughly half of those do not participate in the economy,” Sullivan told WYES.  He said with the “economic boom” that exists in Louisiana today, the responsibility of the state’s technical and community colleges is “to engage our entire population in being able to participate in this economy.”

Producer and host is WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh. Paula Pendarvis is co-producer. In addition to interviews with White and Sullivan, AMERICAN GRADUATE: LOUISIANA’S FUTURE features the NOLA Tech program at Joseph S. Clark High School in New Orleans, the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center for training high school students for careers, Cuillier Career Center for the West Bank high schools of the Jefferson Parish Public School System, the Earn and Learn pilot of the Reconnecting Opportunity Youth initiative of the Cowen Institute at Tulane University, the Laitram Corporation as an example of industry partnership in career pathway education, and Jump Start training for teachers.

A web chat at 7:30 p.m. on August 28 on wyes.org follows the premiere broadcast. Kavanaugh will moderate with guests including: Mat Schwarzman, Director, New Orleans Kids Partnership; Sherdren Burnside, Site Director, College Track; David Durand, Vice Principal and NOLA Tech Director, Clark High School; Steve Beatty, Editor, The Lens; and Eve Troeh, News Director, WWNO 89.9 FM.  Questions can be sent to wyesgraduate@wyes.org, or posted on Facebook (wyes.neworleans) and Twitter (@WYESTV).

AMERICAN GRADUATE: LOUISIANA’S FUTURE repeats Saturday, August 30 at 10:06 p.m. and Sunday, August 31 at 12:30 p.m. After the initial broadcast, the program will be available on WYES-TV’s YouTube channel at wyes.org. The program is made possible by Baptist Community Ministries.

WHAT: Delgado Community College is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its all-new campus in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans, between Gentilly and the Ninth Ward. The $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier campus replaces the former Louisiana Technical College Sidney Collier campus that was devastated by floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina and subsequently demolished.

WHEN: Friday, August 29. The program begins at 9:52 a.m. in commemoration of the time flooding began in the area during the Katrina disaster on August 29, 2005.

WHERE: 3727 Louisa Street, New Orleans 70126. More at www.dcc.edu/collier.

WHO: The event is open to the public. Among those scheduled to address attendees are: Joan Y. Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor; Woody Oge’, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayor.

WHY: Delgado Community College’s Sidney Collier campus is helping to revitalize the Desire-Florida neighborhood by serving as a pathway for residents to obtain job skills and employment. The school’s curriculum is aligned with community needs and interests, and the campus is expected to function as a community center and to be a focus of community pride. Many of the programs offered by Delgado at the new location have never been available to residents in that part of the city and region. Delgado Sidney Collier offers courses leading to the associate’s degree and transfer to four-year institutions, certificates of technical study, technical diplomas, and well as non-credit courses, English as a second language instruction and high school equivalency diploma preparation.

About Delgado Community College

Established in 1921, Delgado is recognized as Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, serving individuals of all ages who reflect the diversity of the New Orleans metropolitan area. Delgado’s nine locations serve the entire Greater New Orleans region. The college is the regional epicenter for professional and advanced career and technical education, academic pre-baccalaureate education and workforce development training. The college’s website is www.dcc.edu.