New Sidney Collier site opens its doors to students on Monday, August 4.

Plenty of time remains to get on the pathway to educational opportunity and success at Delgado Community College this fall.

Fall 2014 classes at Delgado begin Saturday, August 16. Students must be admitted to Delgado in order to register for classes. For more information call 504-671-5012 or visit www.dcc.edu.

Delgado offers instruction at nine locations, including the City Park, West Bank (Algiers), and Charity School of Nursing campuses and locations in Slidell and Metairie.

Fall 2014 marks the opening of a brand-new Delgado location, the Sidney Collier site, at 3727 Louisa Street in New Orleans. Sidney Collier opens its doors to students on Monday, August 4. Students will be able to apply on location, take placement tests, be advised, enroll in classes, take ID pictures, drop off documents and speak to Answer Center staff.

Founded in 1921, Delgado has the highest enrollment—almost 19,000 in Fall 2013—among all colleges and universities in New Orleans, and the second highest in Louisiana. As well as offering associate’s degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in dozens of professional and technical areas

Some of Delgado’s largest programs are nursing, business and management, accounting, radiologic technology, criminal justice, computer information technology, culinary arts, teaching grades 1-5 and motor vehicle technology.

Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s motto: “Education that works.”

On Monday, July 28, Chancellor Joan Davis of Delgado Community College appeared on the Angela Hill show on WWL radio, AM 870 FM 105.3, www.wwl.com.

Chancellor Davis spoke with Angela regarding the ongoing expansion of Delgado facilities and programs, as well as the opportunities and initiatives Delgado is involved with for higher education and economic development in the Greater New Orleans region.

"Delgado has struck a wonderful balance between academics and workforce development," Davis said. "Our instructors are focused on giving students the best training and education that they could possibly have."

The program featuring Chancellor Davis lasts one hour and is available on the WWL website.

In higher education these days, the old printed catalog is just about a relic from a bygone era. Web pages replaced printed pages long ago as a source for student information and services at most colleges and universities.

            Now, in the third decade of the Internet era, the mobile device has overtaken the personal computer as the Internet access tool of choice. Likewise, the app—the scaled-down program that runs on a mobile device somewhat the way a program runs on a PC—is fast becoming the first-line information source for this generation of college students.

            For the past year, Delgado Community College’s Information Technology, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Public Relations and Marketing departments have led the efforts of a college-wide team of faculty members, administrators, staff and students to create and launch the first-ever mobile app for the 93-year-old institution. Early next month, students returning for fall classes will be encouraged to download the app and begin using it to organize and enhance their experience as Delgado students.

            Delgado is the first community college in the state of Louisiana—and the first among its sister institutions in the 13-member Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS)—to create and deploy a mobile app for students.

            Included in the first generation of the Delgado app are links to the Admissions Office, freshman orientation, campus tours (Delgado has nine locations in three parishes), the catalog and student handbook, the bookstore, course registration, tuition payment and financial aid, Blackboard tools, library holdings, emergency contacts, the college directory, dining services, public transportation schedules, maps, events, news, sports and—last but most certainly not least—social media including Facebook and Twitter.

            Thomas Lovince is the college’s assistant vice chancellor for information technology/chief information officer as well as the executive dean of the new Sidney Collier site on Louisa Street in New Orleans. As the person responsible for leading the college’s technology strategic plan, he has chaired the committee tasked with developing the app.

            “We are breaking new ground here,” Lovince said. “Delgado’s experience creating and implementing an app is designed to be the model for other LCTCS colleges to do the same.” Two other LCTCS colleges, Baton Rouge Community College and Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, are on track to launch apps in the near future, Lovince explained, “But Delgado is the first, and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to serve our students and other institutions around the state in this leadership role.”

            The app is intended to supplement the college website, www.dcc.edu, which has won awards from college and university organizations focused on using technology for information access—and for marketing. Students and faculty will continue to use Blackboard, a productivity tools package accessed through the college website and the new app, as their primary means of online communication. Not long after the new app appears, a completely revamped college website, also under development for the past year, will make its debut. Look for it around mid-September, after the college completes student registration for the fall semester.

            The initial version of the Delgado app—“phase one,” Lovince calls it—is focused almost exclusively on student services and needs. The second phase of the project will see the app expanded to include information and services of interest to college employees, alumni, and other non-student populations. Employees can keep track of their work hours and leave time, alumni can request copies of transcripts and get information about events, and the general public can learn more about the many programs and services provided at Delgado.

            “We have nine locations offering more than a hundred academic programs, but we are one Delgado,” Lovince said. “The app brings everything together in the palm of your hand.”

            Download the Delgado mobile app from the App Store on iTunes and from Apps on Google Play. Versions for most Android and Apple devices, and Windows tablets, are part of the initial release—Windows phone users must wait until the next phase of the project. Search “Delgado Community College” and look for the dark green icon with a large white Delgado “D.” If you cannot find it, please check back over the next several days, as the online stores are just starting to offer the app to the public.

Be sure to tune in today, July 28, at 2:00 p.m for the Angela Hill show on WWL radio, AM 870 FM 105.3, www.wwl.com.

Chancellor Joan Davis of Delgado Community College will be speaking with Angela regarding the ongoing expansion of Delgado facilities and programs, as well as the opportunities and initiatives Delgado is involved with for higher education and economic development in the Greater New Orleans region.

The broadcast featuring Chancellor Davis lasts one hour and will be available online on the WWL website live and post-event.

Delgado Community College Northshore-Slidell hosted dozens of visitors from the college, community, business, K-12 and higher education, and government at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Annex facility yesterday afternoon, July 22.

Among those visiting were Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe, Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, and Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Oge’.

Delgado Northshore-Slidell is located at 320 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell and now includes two main buildings. The Annex is located behind the original building that is visible to motorists on I-10, and the two are connected by a sidewalk and footbridge. Importantly, the Annex increases the amount of available student parking.

In addition to increasing classrooms and labs by 50%, the Delgado Northshore-Slidell Annex houses faculty offices and a quiet study area for students. Classrooms feature up-to-date technology as well as comfortable desks. There is a well equipped science laboratory that converts to an art studio, and a computer lab equipped with state-of-the-art learning technology. 

The Annex features a Learning Emporium, a place to support multiple student-learning styles with something for everyone, including a library containing donated books.

Upon entering the front doors of the Annex, students, faculty, staff and visitors are greeted by administrative staff—and also by a creative display of Delgado memorabilia including decorated butterfly figures, athletic uniforms, pennants, photographs and posters featuring successful students. The Delgado logo is prominent on one wall. All of the buildings walls are painted in a subtle shade of Delgado green.

Addressing attendees at yesterday’s event were: Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean; Woody Oge’, LCTCS Board of Supervisors chairman; Dr. Neil Matkin, LCTCS vice president; Freddy Drennan, Slidell mayor; Dean Long, Delgado Northshore-Slidell SGA president; Dr. Marvin Thames Jr., former Delgado Northshore administrator; and Joan Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor.

Delgado Community College has been offering courses on the Northshore for more than 30 years, initially using St. Tammany Parish Public School facilities. Since 1988, Delgado has operated a permanent site, formerly known as the Slidell Learning Center (SLC) and now named Delgado Northshore-Slidell.

In the fall 2013 semester, 2,544 students attended Delgado on the Northshore at both the Slidell location and a recently closed location in Covington. Delgado Northshore-Slidell’s enrollment that term was 1,395. Fall 2014 enrollment at Delgado Northshore-Slidell is expected to surpass that number.

Delgado Northshore-Slidell faculty and staff are working diligently to expand programs and provide services which will contribute to student success and make a difference for the community. Among these is a new Small Business Center scheduled to open in August.

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Executive Dean Ashley Chitwood is interviewed for a news story that was broadcast on WWL-TV, Channel 4, at 6 p.m. yesterday.

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The ribbon-cutting included local and state officials as well as area educators, business leaders, and Delgado faculty, staff and students.

See and learn more about Delgado Northshore-Slidell’s big day at the following links:

WWL-TV News Report (2 minutes, featuring Chancellor Joan Davis, Executive Dean Ashley Chitwood, and Delgado-Northshore students.

NOLA.com/Times-Picayune Report (20 photographs)

Delgado Community College Facebook (10 photographs)

The acclaimed exhibition “Whitewashed” by Joseph Gregory Rossano continues through August 28 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College.

The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is located at 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. Gallery hours through August 14 are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beginning August 18, gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a closing reception and artist talk on Thursday, August 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, bhaneg@dcc.edu.

The acclaimed exhibition “Whitewashed” by Joseph Gregory Rossano continues through August 28 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College.

The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is located at 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. Gallery hours through August 14 are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beginning August 18, gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a closing reception and artist talk on Thursday, August 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, bhaneg@dcc.edu.

“Whitewashed” by Joseph Gregory Rossano was originally curated by Dr. David Francis of the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, who writes:

“‘Whitewashed’ [is] a multi-media exhibition by Joseph Rossano, whose 2013 installations at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and San Diego Natural History Museum have received widespread acclaim. ‘Whitewashed’ brings together new developments in art and science through a pioneering exhibition of kinetic sculptures and video projections featuring QR coded links to commissioned essays by leading researchers in evolutionary biology, including MacArthur fellow Daniel H. Janzen. Captivated by the reality that an animal’s DNA is a portal to revealing a wealth of information invisible to the naked eye, and ethically compelled by the increasing loss of a natural world that we barely know, Rossano presents a series of specimen-style boxes, each with a portrait of a threatened or extinct animal on the cover that Rossano has painted with tar and then overlaid with white. The exhibition’s white color scheme references the loss of polar ice and serves to convey the show’s primary metaphor: scientific truths have been systematically ‘whitewashed’ by a culture focused on exclusively human needs.

“Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1962, Rossano currently lives and works in Arlington, Washington. After obtaining a degree in Studio Arts at Louisiana State University, he studied at Pilchuck Glass School. He has received numerous honors and awards including the Hattie Ettinger Fund at The San Diego Foundation Grant (2011), and Ford Motor Company Fellowship with Earthwatch Institute (2004).”

This exhibit was made possible through the generosity of Van and Sammie Jo Bohn, Scott Cummins, Dr. David Francis, Raymond C. Freeman III, Mark and Karen Gundlach, John Hazard, Allen and Lise Kuhn, Haden and Adele Lafaye, Lance and Susan Landeche, Fred and Holly Mentz, Emmett Putnam Family, Thomas and Catherine Rossano.

Tune in today, July 22, to WBOK 1230 AM and www.WBOK1230am.com at 12:30 p.m. for “Pathways to Success at Delgado,” a 30-minute radio show sponsored by the Delgado Community College Sidney Collier Site.

Call in to the show at 504-260-WBOK to talk with Executive Dean Thomas Lovince and Site Administrator Yvette Alexis about the classes and programs to be offered at Delgado Sidney Collier starting in Fall 2014.

In addition to sharing information about educational opportunities available at Delgado’s new Sidney Collier location, opening in August on Louisa Street in New Orleans, the radio show answers listeners’ questions about the site, higher education and other topics of interest.

Hear “Pathways to Success at Delgado” on your radio or online at www.wbok1230am.com.

 Learn more about Delgado Sidney Collier by clicking here.

Delgado Community College welcomes the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Annex at Delgado Northshore-Slidell this afternoon, July 22, at 3:30. Delgado Northshore-Slidell is located at 320 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell.

In addition to increasing classrooms and labs by 50%, the Delgado Northshore-Slidell Annex houses faculty offices and a quiet study area for students. There is also a Learning Emporium, a place to support multiple student-learning styles with something for everyone. Equally as important, the Annex solidifies access to student parking in the rear of the main building.

Scheduled to address attendees at the event are: Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean; Woody Oge’, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; Freddy Drennan, Slidell mayor; Dean Long, Delgado Northshore-Slidell SGA president; Dr. Marvin Thames Jr., former Delgado Northshore administrator; and Joan Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor.

“As always, Delgado’s goal is to support students in the pursuit of their educational goals,” said Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean. “We are excited about our new addition and look forward to continuing to serve our community with high-quality education on the Northshore. We are committed to the Northshore—listening and responding—for the success of our students and community.”

Delgado Community College has been offering courses on the Northshore for more than 30 years, initially using St. Tammany Parish Public School facilities. Since 1988, Delgado has operated a permanent site, formerly known as the Slidell Learning Center (SLC) and now named Delgado Northshore-Slidell.

In the fall 2013 semester, 2,544 students attended Delgado on the Northshore at both the Slidell location and a recently closed location in Covington. Delgado Northshore-Slidell’s enrollment that term was 1,395. Fall 2014 enrollment at Delgado Northshore-Slidell is expected to surpass that number.

The purpose of Delgado Northshore is to provide access to higher education, as well as the necessary support services, to bolster economic and workforce development and enhance the quality of life on the Northshore. Delgado Northshore faculty and staff are working diligently to expand programs and provide services which will contribute to student success and make a difference for the community. Among these is a new Small Business Center scheduled to open in August.

WHAT: Delgado Community College is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Annex at Delgado Northshore-Slidell.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 320 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell. Park in the lot beside the Annex.

WHO: The event is open to the public. Scheduled to address attendees are: Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean; Woody Oge’, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; Freddy Drennan, Slidell mayor; Dean Long, Delgado Northshore-Slidell SGA president; Dr. Marvin Thames Jr., former Delgado Northshore administrator; and Joan Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor.

WHY: Delgado Northshore is expanding facilities, programs and services which contribute to student success and make a difference for the community. In addition to increasing classroom and lab space, the Delgado Northshore-Slidell Annex houses faculty offices and a quiet study area for students. There is also a Learning Emporium, a place to support multiple student-learning styles with something for everyone. Additionally, a new Small Business Center is scheduled to open in August.

Now accepting students for the new Delgado Sidney Collier Site in eastern New Orleans.

Opening in August 2014, the new $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier Site is located at 3727 Louisa Street in eastern New Orleans. It replaces a former Louisiana Technical College facility that was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, and has been out of service since August 2005.

By opening the new Sidney Collier location, Delgado Community College is helping to revitalize the Louisa Street neighborhood and all of eastern New Orleans by serving as a pathway for residents to obtain job skills and employment. 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 http://www.dcc.edu/campus/ltc/locations/sidney/.

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

UPCOMING DELGADO SIDNEY COLLIER INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

July 16, 2014

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Macedonia COGIC w/New Birth, Greater Carver Baptist Churches

3015 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70126

July 23, 2014

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Free Mission Baptist Church

1821 Egania Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

July 30, 2014

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

VAYLA-New Orleans w/Mary Queen of Vietnam Church

13235 Chef Menteur Highway, Suite A, New Orleans, LA 70129

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At the Delgado Community College Culinary Program luncheon on July 15, Chancellor Joan Davis was in attendance to enjoy the fabulous feast, and posed for a photo with Assistant Professor of Culinary and Pastry Arts John Petrie and members of the Class of 2014: Sidney Reed II, Abrielle Harris, Alex Robicheaux, Natasha Hays, Justin Landry, Anthony Bassett and Troy Riley.

The tapas-style menu featured:
Corn Maque Choux
Jerked Chicken
Shrimp & Okra Gumbo
Bay Scallops & Pasta
Tropical Fruit & Greens Salad
Seafood Boudin
Curried Pork Tenderloin
Vanilla & Blood Orange Panna Cotta

Learn more about Delgado Culinary Arts at www.dcc.edu.

Tune in today, July 15, to WBOK 1230 AM at 12:30 p.m. for “Pathways to Success at Delgado,” a 30-minute radio show sponsored by the Delgado Community College Sidney Collier Site.

The program’s co-hosts are Thomas Lovince, Delgado Community College assistant vice chancellor/chief information officer and Delgado Sidney Collier executive dean, and Yvette Alexis, Delgado Sidney Collier site manager.

Today’s guests will be Barbara Waiters, Kim Tubre’ and Rachelle Matherne, discussing workforce development and non-credit offerings.

In addition to sharing information about educational opportunities available at Delgado’s new Sidney Collier location, opening in August on Louisa Street in New Orleans, the radio show allows listeners to call in with questions about the site, higher education and other topics of interest.

Listen to “Pathways to Success at Delgado” on your radio or online at www.wbok1230am.com.

Also, tune in on Saturday, July 19, for the WBOK 1230 AM show “Fernanza—Wildernesscryer,” when Thomas Lovince and Yvette Alexis will join host Fernanza Brown-Gilmore for an hour starting at 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about Delgado Sidney Collier by clicking here.

For the past thirty-six years, it has been a labor of love, but it all started with a chance encounter with a colleague. The rest, as they say, is history.

Debbie Lea started her career as an X-Ray technologist who trained at Charity and quickly began working at Mercy Hospital recruited there by Harold Gaspard. Gaspard was laying the groundwork for a new program at then-Delgado Junior College. It was a grant-funded program that was just getting off the ground, but it allowed the mother of two to return to school and get her associate’s degree while also starting a teaching career that while possibly temporary, would span the next three decades.

In 1990, right around the time that the Allied Health programs were being expanded and reorganized into their own academic division, a merger with Charity Hospital and its Nursing and Allied Health programs greatly expanded the need for new programming and expanded course selections. Through the encouragement and support of Gaspard, Lea was able to begin her new role in program development. In the coming years, it was City Park Dean Margaret Montgomery who invited and challenged Lea to a new role: curriculum and program development for the City Park Campus. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Katherine Sippola expanded that role to a college-wide position. She remembers the initial intimidation of the daunting task, but feels that the development was important for the ever-changing Delgado.

In 2005, one of the college’s most pivotal moments came following Hurricane Katrina. With several sites flooded or damaged and students, staff, and faculty scattered across the country, a core group of Delgado administrators and staff members assembled in a borrowed house in Baton Rouge, known as “The Red House,” to begin the rebuilding process. Through those dark and uncertain days, some of Lea’s fondest memories emerge. With campuses shut down for the fall semester and students scattered and dealing with family issues, online classes emerged for the first time, an idea that was only in its infancy prior to the storm. She remembers long days and some sleepless nights while new technology was expanded and curricula was converted over to the online portals to allow students free access to a Delgado education. She recalls the advent of distance learning being “a biggie” and perhaps one of the best innovations during her years with Delgado. Shortly after the storm, Lea answered the call once again when then-Chancellor Alex Johnson asked her to step into her new position of vice chancellor for student learning and development (now known as Academic Affairs).

Lea remembers feeling the newfound pressures associated with being a leader of such a large institution. Administration was never a step she expected to take, but one that she embraced in order to better serve the college. Lea recalls sitting in her office one day after listening to a student relay a complaint. She vividly remembers slamming her hand on her desk, saying, “They’ve got to do something about that!” It was moments later that she experienced an epiphany:  “I’m the THEY.” It was a game-changer for Lea, who decided to reaffirm her commitment to Delgado’s students and do anything she and her colleagues could to improve their Delgado experience. She remembers wise words from Dr. Johnson: “He told me to always strive to make the right decisions for the right reasons and always put the college first, primarily the students.” Those words stayed with her into her next chapter at the college—the chancellor’s office.

In 2008, when Dr. Alex Johnson departed Delgado, Lea stepped into a new position as interim chancellor. She recalls standing center stage at her first commencement in the role, and feeling the intensity of the moment. “I remember standing on the stage, looking around to take in the moment and thinking, what have I done to be so lucky?” It was during those months that she recalls receiving some great advice from another local college president. When visiting the neighboring college’s campus, she saw the mission statement in large letters on the entry wall. Commenting on the decoration, the president reminded her, “Never forget your mission.” She took the advice and brought it to her leadership role at the college. “The mission statement is so much more than just a paragraph,” she said. “It’s a living reminder of what we are here for. We have to feed it, believe in it, and never change course in trying our best to accomplish that mission.” It’s a philosophy that has guided her through the good—and bad—decisions during her time in the college’s top office, a role she has filled on three different occasions following the departure of recent chancellors. Whatever her role or whatever her project, she has always been just an ask away.

This past spring, when Chancellor Monty Sullivan was named president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Lea stepped into the college’s top position to lead the college through the completion of the 2013-2014 academic year and the arrival of new Chancellor Joan Davis in July. With Chancellor Davis now in office, Lea has officially stepped aside and begun her well-earned retirement. It’s a retirement that will include family time with her husband, Scott, two daughters and two young grandchildren, travel, and of course, volunteering at Delgado. Lea’s next role at the college will return her to her Delgado roots. She plans to assist with the Delgado Alumni Association and help former Dolphins reconnect with the college and its programs to expand the Delgado family by welcoming back past students, sharing all of the great things that are happening at the college.

For thirty-six years, Delgado has been home for Debbie Lea. The college has seen its fair share of change, that is and will be a constant, according to Lea. She shares a tremendous pride in the fact that the college has gained more respect in the local community. “The message is out—Delgado is not a last resort, it’s becoming a college of choice. It’s a journey, it’s just a shame that the college hasn’t been seen in the past as it is finally being recognized now.” She believes small class sizes, transferability of courses, affordability, and a wide variety of program offerings are all appealing to today’s student. With expanding sites, bustling enrollment, new and ever-improving programs, and new construction surrounding the college, progress is evident: “Our name reflects who we are—we are the community!” Lea sees Delgado’s best days ahead, and looks forward to what lies ahead for “Louisiana’s second largest institution of higher education” (one of her favorite bragging points).

One thing she would like to see is Delgado’s expansion to a global college, where “we continue to improve students and their appreciation and knowledge for other cultures.” She sees the excitement of in-the-works projects like the New Orleans Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute, given the fact that industry and community leaders are recognizing Delgado’s potential. She sees such projects as indications of the bright days ahead. “The challenges are there,” she said, “but the opportunities are endless!”

Lea believes that Delgado wouldn’t be possible without those working tirelessly behind the scenes day after day, year after year. “It’s those people who make it work,” she says, describing the place that provides “Education that Works.” She remembers working with co-workers on new curricula, mergers, articulation agreements with other institutions, the late hours involved in QEPs and SACS accreditations, the dark hours following Katrina, and the celebration of realizing the college’s largest enrollment ever during its 90th anniversary a few years back. It’s the Delgado family atmosphere that makes it the place it is. “You can feel it when you walk in the door. We’re a family, all a part of the Delgado legacy.”

When reflecting on stepping away from her daily duties, she said, “I would like to leave the college with the word that describes how I feel about Delgado and that is THANKFUL. My thanks to the college and all who were a part of my time here. It is the college that allowed me to grow and learn. If I have achieved any success here at Delgado it is because of the college and their faith in and support of me.”

Since her first day at Delgado, Lea has been a teacher. It’s a role that she admits was her favorite one through the years because of her daily interaction with her students—watching them pursue their education and work towards their dreams. “The teachers teach the students, but the students also teach us. My hope is that we as an institution never stop learning.”

She’s been an associate professor, an Allied Health admissions coordinator, an interim associate dean of science and math, director of curriculum and program development, a vice chancellor, and interim chancellor. The irony is, although her title may have changed several times, she is still a teacher more than three decades later. She has taught us, through her WE not ME approach, all the value of dedication and commitment to Delgado’s mission, a mission that has been greatly realized and continues to expand thanks to Debbie Lea. For this, we’re all THANKFUL. --Tyler Scheuermann

Debbie Lea

Delgado Community College invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Annex at Delgado Northshore-Slidell. The event is scheduled on Tuesday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. Delgado Northshore-Slidell is located at 320 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact sdavis2@dcc.edu, (504) 671-6635.

In addition to increasing classrooms and labs by 50%, the Delgado Northshore-Slidell Annex houses faculty offices and a quiet study area for students. There is also a Learning Emporium, a place to support multiple student-learning styles with something for everyone. Equally as important, the Annex solidifies access to student parking in the rear of the main building.

Scheduled to address attendees at the event are: Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean; Woody Oge’, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; Freddy Drennan, Slidell mayor; Dean Long, Delgado Northshore-Slidell SGA president; Dr. Marvin Thames Jr., former Delgado Northshore administrator; and Joan Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor.

“As always, Delgado’s goal is to support students in the pursuit of their educational goals,” said Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore executive dean. “We are excited about our new addition and look forward to continuing to serve our community with high-quality education on the Northshore. We are committed to the Northshore—listening and responding—for the success of our students and community.”

The purpose of Delgado Northshore is to provide access to higher education, as well as the necessary support services, to bolster economic and workforce development and enhance the quality of life on the Northshore. Delgado Northshore faculty and staff are working diligently to expand programs and provide services which will contribute to student success and make a difference for the community. Among these is a new Small Business Center scheduled to open in August.