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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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.

Delgado Community College and Nicholls State University are working together to make it easier for business students to seamlessly transfer between both schools. On August 25, 2014, Chancellor Joan Davis of Delgado Community College and President Bruce Murphy of Nicholls State University jointly signed a document that establishes a transfer articulation agreement between the Business and Technology Division of Delgado Community College and the College of Business Administration of Nicholls State University.  The agreement was signed at the chancellor’s office at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

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This agreement establishes a transfer program that allows students who have completed Delgado’s Associate of Science in Business Administration to transfer a majority of their courses into the Bachelor of Science program in Business Administration at Nicholls.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Nicholls requires the completion of 120 hours of semester credits. Delgado students who have earned the Associate of Science in Business Administration will be granted up to 57 hours of credit toward the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Nicholls provided all grade and GPA requirements established by the College of Business Administration and the University have been met. 

Delgado students will follow the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration curriculum requirements as specified in theNicholls State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog in force at the time they enter Delgado.  To participate in this program, Delgado students must meet all transfer admission requirements established by Nicholls.

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Pictured, left to right: (seated) Chancellor Joan Y. Davis of Delgado Community College and President Bruce T. Murphy of Nicholls State University; (standing) Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III, Delgado Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement; Warren Puneky, Dean, Delgado Business and Technology Division; Harold Gaspard, Delgado Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Shawn Mauldin, Dean, Nicholls College of Business Administration; and Patrick Conroy, Delgado Chair of Business Studies.  

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.