RTA public transit tokens stored in vault for years will help Delgado Dual Enrollment program students and Single Stop clients get to and from campus

Capital One Bank today (August 22) announced the donation of Regional Transit Authority (RTA) public transit tokens with a combined value of approximately $10,000 to the Dual Enrollment Program at Delgado Community College and the Single Stop program serving students who attend Delgado. The Dual Enrollment and Single Stop programs will provide the tokens to their students and clients who use public transportation to get to and from Delgado.

The tokens had been stored by Capital One Bank in one of its vaults in the New Orleans area. Before the introduction of an automated card system as a payment method for RTA riders, the bank’s New Orleans-area branches sold RTA tokens. This was before Hurricane Katrina, and since that time, Capital One has not sold the tokens. The tokens being donated to the Dual Enrollment Program and Single Stop had remained stored in the Capital One Bank vault system since before Katrina.

“The donation of these transportation tokens is a great example of how Capital One Bank is Investing for Good in our community,” Steve Hemperley, Capital One Bank’s Southeast Louisiana Market President, said at a RTA token presentation event at Delgado’s City Park Campus today. “We understand the critical role that community colleges, including Delgado, play in developing a strong local workforce now and in the years to come.”

Added John Feldman, Managing Vice President of Bank Operations for Capital One: “Recognizing that low- and moderate-income students typically must rely on public transportation, and those costs can prohibit students from beginning or completing their education, we made the decision to donate these unused tokens to the Dual Enrollment and Single Stop programs serving Delgado students. We know these two programs will continue to make a difference every day through the empowering support they provide to their students and clients.”

Capital One is contributing:

  • One-third of the RTA tokens, valued at approximately $3,400, to Single Stop at Delgado, so counselors would be able to remove transportation as a barrier to students at risk for not completing their education because of difficulties in getting to and from the Delgado campus; and
  • The remaining two-thirds of the RTA tokens, valued at approximately $6,800, to be allocated to low- and moderate-income high school students who want to participate in Delgado’s Dual Enrollment program.

“For generations of New Orleans residents, Delgado Community College has provided access to higher education,” said Joan Y. Davis, J.D., Chancellor, Delgado Community College.  “Getting to campus to take advantage of that access can be a challenge. In a city comprising many diverse neighborhoods separated by physical barriers including canals, railroads and interstate highways, as well as a great and famous river, Delgado students rely on public transportation to bring them safely to and from our campuses. If an RTA bus, streetcar or ferry passes near Delgado, you can be certain to find our students aboard. We are grateful to Capital One Bank for sharing these valuable tokens that will help our students access their educational goals.“

“A few hundred dollars can be the difference between a degree and dropping out. Single Stop works with colleges to ensure that students can access the resources they need to succeed. Transportation is one of the most basic obstacles to completion. Capital One’s contribution will eliminate the transportation burden for hundreds of Delgado students, moving them towards graduation and joining the workforce,” says Elisabeth Mason, Co-founder and CEO of Single Stop. 

Through an approach called “Investing for Good,” Capital One Bank is committed to delivering core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate lasting, local community impact and valuable business results. Activities like this donation demonstrate Capital One Bank’s long-standing commitment to programs that improve greater New Orleans.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $205.9 billion in deposits and $298.3 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 900 branch locations primarily in Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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.

About Single Stop 

Single Stop harnesses America’s most effective anti-poverty tools to create economic mobility for low-income families and individuals. Through a unique one-stop shop, Single Stop provides coordinated access to a safety net worth $750 billion and services provided by 1.5 million nonprofits—connecting people to the resources they need to attain higher education, obtain good jobs, and achieve financial self-sufficiency. Since spinning off from The Robin Hood Foundation in 2007, Single Stop’s outreach and capacity has grown dramatically. By the end of 2014, Single Stop is on track to connect one million households in eight states to $3 billion of resources and services. To achieve this, Single Stop provides community-based organizations (CBOs) and community colleges with training, evaluation, program support, change management consulting, and proprietary technology. These tools empower sites to provide low-income families with wraparound services that include benefits screening, application assistance, case management, tax preparation, and legal and financial counseling. Visit singlestopusa.org to learn more. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook

The beginning of the Fall 2014 semester at Delgado Community College marks the opening of a brand-new Delgado location, the Delgado Sidney Collier site, at 3727 Louisa Street in New Orleans.

On Friday, August 29, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting is scheduled at Delgado Sidney Collier. The Delgado community and the general public are invited to attend. 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.

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; and Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayor.

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.

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 public is invited to tune in each Tuesday 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.

Listeners may call in to the show at (504) 260-WBOK to talk with Delgado Sidney Collier Executive Dean Thomas Lovince and Delgado Sidney Collier Site Administrator Yvette Alexis about the classes and programs 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, the radio show answers listeners’ questions about the site, higher education and other topics of interest.

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.

Now Accepting Applications for New 10-week Career Focused Program

A new collaborative effort is raising awareness about career opportunities available in the insurance industry. Delgado Community College and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL) have teamed up to launch the Louisiana Insurance Academy – a 10-week program focused on kick starting a career in insurance. The inspiration for this new program arose from conversations between local insurance firm Gillis, Ellis and Baker, Inc. and Delgado regarding the growing demand and opportunities for jobs in the insurance industry.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will attain two industry-based certifications – Accredited Customer Service Representative - Personal Lines (ACSR-P) and Accredited Customer Service Representative - Commercial Lines (ACSR-C). Job placement assistance with insurance agencies statewide will also be available for successful completers.

 “The Louisiana Insurance Academy is an invaluable opportunity for students or young professionals looking to establish a successful career in insurance,” said Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado Community College. “We’ve received an overwhelming amount of support from the professional community for this innovative program.”

Classes start Tuesday, September 30 and will be held three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at Delgado’s City Park Campus. All classes will be taught by actively practicing insurance professionals. Topics covered during the 10-week program include insurance essentials, such as customer service, homeowners insurance commercial property insurance and commercial liability insurance.

“As an industry, we’ve realized that many people are unaware that insurance is a fast paced, high-energy field in which service staff is given a high level of responsibility. Combined with a competitive salary and potential for rapid career growth, this is a very attractive career path, especially for young professionals,” said Parke Ellis, outgoing IIABL president and chairman at Gillis, Ellis and Baker, Inc. “The inspiration behind the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana partnering with Delgado for this program was to inform candidates about the opportunities that exist with a career in insurance, while providing them with a solid background in insurance fundamentals.”

Ellis added, “In the past few years, my agency has made a conscious effort to recruit bright, young and talented people into our agency. However, we’ve realized that many potential candidates are not aware of the benefits or opportunities that go hand-in-hand with this career path. Participating in the Louisiana Insurance Academy program is a way of investing in the future of our industry and our community.”

Individuals interested in applying for the first cohort of the Louisiana Insurance Academy are required to attend an information session as part of the application process. Information sessions will be held from 6 – 7 PM on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, September 10 in Building 8, Room 101 at Delgado’s City Park Campus located at 615 City Park Avenue. Seating is limited, and interested applicants are encouraged to RSVP to noncredit@dcc.edu.

Applications are available online at www.dcc.edu/LIA and will be accepted through Thursday, September 11. Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana and national insurance companies will be subsidizing the cost of the first cohort of the Louisiana Insurance Academy, reducing out of pocket tuition for students to $350.  

Due to the condensed nature of the program, participants will have to commit to a strict attendance policy. Candidates will be notified by Tuesday, September 23 if accepted into the first cohort.

For more information on the Louisiana Insurance or to download an application, visit www.dcc.edu/LIA. For more information on the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana, visit http://www.iiabl.com/default.aspx.

About Delgado Community College

Delgado is renowned 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.

Capital One Bank donates approximately $10,000 in RTA public transit tokens to help Delgado Dual Enrollment students and Single Stop clients get to and from campus

The tokens, sold by the bank before Hurricane Katrina, were discovered in bank vault

Capital One Bank will donate approximately $10,000 in Regional Transit Authority public transit tokens, a long-lost treasure found in one of bank’s vaults, to the Single Stop and Dual Enrollment programs at Delgado Community College.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Capital One sold the tokens in its branches throughout the city. The unused tokens from that program were recently uncovered in a New Orleans-area Capital One Bank vault. They will benefit students served by both programs who use RTA public transit to get to and from Delgado’s City Park Campus.

“At Capital One Bank, we recognize that low- and moderate-income students typically must rely on public transportation, and those costs can prohibit students from beginning or completing their education,” said Steve Hemperley, Capital One Bank Southeast Louisiana Market President. “The tokens we are donating will help many students who participate in the Delgado Dual Enrollment program, as well as Single Stop clients who attend Delgado, get to and from Delgado’s City Park campus.”

“Delgado Community College is extremely honored to receive this donation from Capital One Bank,” said Arnel W. Cosey, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Dean, City Park Campus. “Because of their generosity, Delgado can expand the support services provided to our students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment and Single Stop programs. Research has shown that transportation to college campuses is often a barrier to education for those who are seeking an educational opportunity. This donation will help us in addressing that challenge. We are very thankful for the support we’ve received from Capital One and look forward to continuing this partnership.”

An event is scheduled this Friday, August 22, for the formal presentation.

WHO:                    Delgado Community College students; Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Y. Davis; Regional Transit Association; Single Stop Co-Founder and CEO Elisabeth Mason; Dr. Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancelor for Student Affairs and Executive Dean of Delgado’s City Park Campus; Capital One Bank’s John Feldman, MVP of Deposit Operations; and Capital One Bank Southeast Louisiana Market President Steve Hemperley

WHEN:                 Friday, August 22, 2014

                                10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

WHERE:               Delgado Community College

Lac Maurepas Room, 2nd Floor Conference Room Area

                                615 City Park Ave.

                                New Orleans, La., 70119

WHY:                    Through an approach called “Investing for Good,” Capital One Bank is committed to delivering core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate lasting, local community impact and valuable business results. Activities like this donation demonstrate Capital One Bank’s long-standing commitment to programs that improve greater New Orleans.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $205.9 billion in deposits and $298.3 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 900 branch locations primarily in Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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.

The Delgado Theatre Department will hold auditions for the musical Dogfight on August 26 and 27 at 7 pm in the 3rd floor Drama Hall of Isaac Delgado Hall on the City Park Campus. Please prepare a soft rock vocal number and be prepared to dance. Call 504-671-6386 for more information.

Registration for the Fall 2014 semester at Delgado has been extended through Friday, August 22. Placement tests will be given daily. Enroll online at www.dcc.edu or call (504) 671-5012.

MEDIA ALERT

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.

The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, announces a new exhibition featuring works by Keith Perelli, scheduled September 4 – October 2, 2014: “Of Paint and Paper; A Survey of Monotype Collage Paintings by Keith Perelli, 2011-Present.”

An opening reception is scheduled on September 4, 5 – 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 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.

A native of New Orleans, Keith Perelli is an artist working in painting and printmaking with a specialization in monotype painting. His figurative mixed media work focuses on socio-political and personal themes of conflict and discord.

Perelli teaches painting and drawing at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a pre-college conservatory for the arts. He received his BA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of New Orleans and his MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati.

Perelli has received numerous grants and individual fellowships from the Surdna Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts and Ratti Foundation. He has studied with artists Alan Kaprow and Ron Pokrasso through fellowship awards.

In addition to seven solo exhibitions in New Orleans, Perelli has had solo exhibitions at Found Gallery, Los Angeles, California and Nau-haus Art Space, Houston, Texas. His work has been featured internationally in Innsbruck, Austria by invitation of the University of New Orleans, and in Italy in the cities of Como and Milan by invitation of artist Alan Kaprow and the Ratti Foundation. A mid-career survey of his work was exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana in the summer of 2012.

Perelli’s work was also featured in “Culture of Queer,” Leslie Lohman Foundation, New York, New York and an exhibit titled “Hurricane Katrina, Catastrophe and Catharsis,” at the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado by invitation of Arthur Roger Gallery. He was awarded a commission for a public arts project on Canal Street in New Orleans in 2010.

Keith Perelli, bae, Social Media Portrait Series, 30”x 41” x 1.5” Oil, acrylic, spray paint and monotype collage, 2014

Tune in each Tuesday 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.


Today’s special guest on the show is Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis.


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, the radio show answers listeners’ questions about the site, higher education and other topics of interest.

The Delgado Community College Theatre Department Drama Club, The Upstagers, announces a Theatre Audition Workshop for members of the community as well as all students.

The club will address the auditioning process for theatre and film, such as what is expected during an audition. 

The workshop is scheduled on Friday, August 22, at 2 pm in the 3rd Floor Drama Hall, Isaac Delgado Hall (Bldg. 1), City Park Campus.

The club will discuss the Delgado Community College Theatre musical Dogfight auditions and the Delgado Theatre scholarship auditions. Participants are welcome to bring any resumes, headshots or questions.

Please email klamor@dcc.edu to register and call 504.671.6387 with questions.

The Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. Women at Delgado Community College is hosting a program on August 26, Women’s Equality Day. A short film, Votes for Women, will be shown with a discussion to follow. The center will also be registering people to vote.

The film starts at 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 1, Rm. 212W1, City Park Campus.

For more information, see below or contact Melanie Deffendall at 504-671-6325.

Ten study-abroad professionals from universities in the United Kingdom visited Delgado Community College on August 7 as part of their quest to learn how colleges and universities in the United States cater to their international student populations.

The visitors were particularly interested in learning about any challenges that Delgado, as a community college, may face in the recruitment of international students—and if there are any plans to possibly expand in the future. They were also interested in the challenges of making sure that Delgado’s international students matriculate successfully, and how the college assists them in preparing for emergencies such as hurricane evacuations. 

University affiliations of the visitors include: Manchester Metropolitan Business School, University of Cardiff, University of Nottingham, University of South Wales and University of Warwick.

The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC), a non-profit organization that arranges professional meetings and cultural activities for current and emerging international leaders who travel to New Orleans through the U.S. Department of State, hosted the visitors and arranged for them to visit Delgado.

The information night scheduled at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans, has been changed to Thursday, August 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Looking for a career path in healthcare? The “MA N.O.W.” Training Program is a tuition-free Medical Assistant training and development program.  The mission of this program is to target the unemployed and underemployed workers of the New Orleans area. If accepted into the program, you will be on a solid career track into healthcare.

Ochsner Health System, Delgado Community College, JOB1 and Providence Community Housing have partnered through a grant from New Orleans Works (housed at the Greater New Orleans Foundation) to offer this program. The MA program covers a four-month period in which students receive classroom and clinical instruction.  Students will receive on-the-job training through rotations in a wide range of clinical departments at Ochsner Health System.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalency, successful completion of drug screen and criminal background check, and must be able to commit to the 16-week program: October 6, 2014 through January 29, 2015.

After successfully completing the program and hiring requirements, 100% of the graduates will have the opportunity to interview and 75% or more will be hired on as a Medical Assistant full-time and with benefits at one of Ochsner’s New Orleans area neighborhood health centers.

To apply, please complete an application online at: www.ochsner.org/careers. Please apply to the Medical Assistant – “MA N.O.W. Training Program position, Job# 033653. The application will be available beginning August 21, 2014 and all applications must be submitted by August 28, 2014.

An information night is scheduled for those who would like to come and hear more about the program. That session will be held at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans, Thursday, August 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a computer lab staffed with volunteers to assist with the online application process after the session.

For more details, please contact: Kim Tubre, Community and Economic Development, Workforce and Technical Education, Delgado Community College, 504-671-6465.

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Delgado’s Vet Tech Program announces an open house on October 15. Bring your dogs!