New and returning students should register now for best class selection.

New Orleans area residents are invited to find the pathway to educational opportunity and success at Delgado Community College. Registration for the college’s Spring 2015 semester begins on Monday, October 20, and continues through January. Spring 2015 classes at Delgado begin Saturday, January 17.

The college has an open admission policy and offers instruction at a variety of levels, enabling students to progress toward their goals from any beginning point. Adults without a high school diploma can earn the equivalent at Delgado. High school students can get an early start in their careers through dual enrollment at Delgado. The college welcomes active duty and retired military personnel. Educational programs at Delgado are fully accredited and industry-certified.

Delgado offers instruction online and at nine convenient locations, including the City Park, West Bank (Algiers), and Charity School of Nursing campuses and locations in Slidell and Metairie. A brand-new location, Delgado Sidney Collier, opened in August 2014 on Louisa Street in the Desire-Gentilly area.

Students must be admitted to Delgado in order to register for classes. For more information call 504-671-5012 or visit www.dcc.edu.

Founded in 1921, Delgado has the highest enrollment among all colleges and universities in New Orleans, and is one of the largest higher education institutions 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. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s motto: “Education that works.”

“Prospect.3: Notes for Now”  is an art festival featuring 58 individual exhibits of works by artists from around the country and world, displayed in 18 museums and other sites in New Orleans, including the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery at Delgado Community College, which will exhibit works by Piero Golia of Italy.

According to the “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” exhibition catalog essay by Jarrett Gregory, Piero Golia (b. 1974, Naples, Italy) has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2003. A solo exhibition of his work “Double Tumble or the Awesome Twins,” was presented at the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam in 2010. His work has been shown in major exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including “The Gold Standard,” MoMA/P.S.1, New York (2007); “Vesuvius,” Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); “Artist’s Museum,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2010), and “Premio Italia,” Museo MaXXi, Rome (2011). In 2004, his film Killer Shrimps was selected for the Venice Film Festival. Golia founded the Los Angeles-based Mountain School of Arts with Eric Wesley in 2005.

For Prospect.3, Golia will be working with college and university students to realize a vital stage of his ongoing project, The Comedy of Craft (copying the nose of George Washington). With students in the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, Golia will be realizing Act 3 of this project: “Making the mold.” Together, the group will be creating a life-size mold of George Washington’s nose as depicted on Mount Rushmore.

Prospect.3 at Delgado opens Saturday, Oct. 25. The exhibit continues through Jan. 25, 2015. The exhibit will be closed Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 20-Jan. 4.

The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is in Building 1, 3rd floor, on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans. Gallery hours for Prospect.3 are Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, bhaneg@dcc.edu.

Delgado Community College announces the success of the 2nd Annual Technical Skills Expo, which kicked off Monday, October 13, at the Delgado Jefferson campus in Metairie, La., and concluded October 14.

More than 800 high school students from across the greater New Orleans region were exposed to career options utilizing technical skills through the Technical Skills Expo, co-hosted by Delgado and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) in cooperation with industry partners including Chevron, Cornerstone, Laitram L.L.C., Phillips 66, Shell Motiva and Turner Industries.

The Expo featured live demonstrations of technical training and skills and information sessions led by industry craftsmen and technicians as well as Delgado Community College faculty and staff. Featured programs included carpentry, electrical, electric lineman, automotive, welding, industrial maintenance and precision machining.

“These in-depth demonstrations allow students to directly connect with industry, enabling them to better understand career pathways and dual enrollment training opportunities available at Delgado,” said Dr. Arnel Cosey, Delgado Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and, along with Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib, Delgado Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education, a key member of the team that organized and presented the Expo.

“The Technical Skills Expo is one of our strategies for recruiting, training, hiring and retaining a skilled and productive workforce tailored to the needs of the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors in Louisiana,” said Littleton-Steib.

Participating high schools came from Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes. The students reflected the diversity of the greater New Orleans region: 70 of the students identified themselves as Native American.

Students interested in getting a fast start toward career success were encouraged to consider Dual Enrollment at Delgado. Event organizers said that advisors would follow up with the schools, and students and their families can contact the Dual Enrollment program at Delgado by calling (504) 671-5549.

“A robust, diversified economy requires the availability of a properly educated workforce,” said Joan Y. Davis, Chancellor of Delgado Community College. “In the New Orleans region, Delgado Community College continues its long history of preparing residents for careers in good-paying jobs. The young people attending this Technical Skills Expo will soon become the skilled workers moving the regional economy forward, while enjoying the many benefits of employment in growth industries that Delgado supports through workforce development and education.”

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and so it is critical that our young people are educated about the outstanding career opportunities they will be able to access with the right technical skills,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.  “This second Technical Skills Expo showed hundreds of local students that via dual enrollment at Delgado, they can be on an accelerated path to a well-paying job at a great company like Chevron.”

“Louisiana and the New Orleans region are experiencing tremendous economic growth, and the Technical Skills Expo is a great opportunity to educate and connect high school students with the thousands of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities that align with the ‘Our Louisiana 2020: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow’ public agenda,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan, President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). “The Technical Skills Expo benefits the students and their potential employers. Starting college while enrolled in high school gives students a competitive advantage and ensures that employers will recruit and hire students that are skilled and ready to work.”

“The Technical Skills Expo is an example of the success of collaborations between industry and higher education, and aligns with Jumpstart by providing high school students with career experiences that expose them to high-wage, high growth opportunities,” said Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White. “The Department of Education looks forward to continuing to work with our partners in higher education, economic development and industry to promote technical careers in Louisiana.”

“Developing the next generation of talent is critical to the success of our company and the community,” said Mike Illanne, vice president of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “The number of jobs in the energy industry is expected to grow by 2 million by 2020.  Through our sponsorship of the Technical Skills Expo, we’re encouraging students to learn more about vocational training and the tremendous opportunities within local industries. For many students, this event will be the first step to a promising career.”

“Laitram is very excited that Delgado and GNO, Inc. have been so instrumental in bringing industry together to educate students on career opportunities in the technical trades,” said Franck LaBiche, Human Resources Director, Laitram L.L.C. “This is just the beginning of industry working together to help shorten the technical trade shortage in the Greater New Orleans region.”

“Turner Industries is pleased to participate in the Technical Skills Expo,” said Stephen Toups, Senior Vice President and CIO of Turner Industries. “Our need for skilled workers in these fields is increasing, and we appreciate the opportunity to educate local students about these high-wage careers. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with GNO, Inc. technical colleges, and industry training providers to meet our workforce needs.”

Lunch for the Technical Skills Expo was prepared by Café Reconcile. Cafe Reconcile’s workforce training program utilizes the hospitality setting to teach disadvantaged 16-22 year olds the soft skills and life skills necessary to prepare them to further their education and to get jobs in any field.

About Delgado Community College

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

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Technical Skills Expo organizers, sponsors, and staff on opening day, October 13.

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Students and teachers arriving at Delgado Jefferson for the Technical Skills Expo.

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Belle Chasse High School students at their introductory session for the Expo.

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Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib greeting students and explaining the career opportunities in technical skills education.

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Students learning about technical skills education opportunities.

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Students learning about technical skills education opportunities.

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Students learning about technical skills education opportunities.

The Department of Theatre at Delgado Community College is proud to present the Louisiana premiere of the musical Dogfight.  Performances begin on October 9 and continue through October 19 in the Drama Hall of Isaac Delgado Hall on the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, third floor, in New Orleans.

Dogfight’s music and lyrics were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with the book written by Peter Duchan. Pasek and Paul are a new composer and lyricist team who have also written the popular new holiday favorite, the musical version of A Christmas Story.

Dogfight is the story of a young marine on November 21, 1963, the eve of his deployment to fight in Vietnam.  Continuing a tradition of the Marine Corps, he and his buddies play a cruel joke on the women they invite to a party, where the soldier who brings the most unattractive girl wins the prize money.  A story of the loss of innocence for the soldier and his date, Dogfight also parallels the loss of innocence of the United States.

Directed by Timothy Baker, the cast includes Aaron Romano in the role of Eddie Birdlace opposite Olivia Ros as Rose.  Eddie’s Army buddies are KJ Ade, Mitchel Courville, Peter Morgan, Randon Cutno, Daniel Anderson and Brandon Bracy. Adriel Aviles plays the Lounge Singer, Tyler Brantmeyer plays Pete and Whitney Mixon is Marcy. Others in the cast include Fallon Breaux, Kisty Cabib, Tyler Brantmeyer, Jaunee Young, Krystal Braud, Elizabeth Colindres and Edward Smith.

Ronald Joseph is the musical director, Nicole Buckels is the choreographer and sets and lighting are by Tom Dawson.

Performances are scheduled October 9-11 and October 15-18 at 8 pm.  There are Sunday matinees on October 12 and 19 at 3 pm. 

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for Delgado students, faculty and staff. For reservations or additional information, call 504-671-6360.

$8.2 Million Grants to Support Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development and Training Programs

Today, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Davis and officials from across the city to feature recent commitments by the U.S. Department of Labor to support workforce development efforts in the region. Totaling $8.2 million, a $2.4 million grant to Delgado Community College and a $5.8 million competitive grant to the City of New Orleans Workforce Investment Board will support the creation of a sector-based training program and enhance the City’s ability to connect job seekers with advanced manufacturing and energy employment opportunities.

The officials gathered this morning at the Delgado Sidney Collier campus on Louisa Street, a brand-new, state-of-the-art educational opportunity center that opened August 29 on the ninth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

“This significant commitment from the U.S. Department of Labor increases the City and Delgado’s ability to train our residents for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors,” Mayor Landrieu said noting the synergy of the federal commitment to the City’s recently launched Economic Opportunity Strategy. “As we continue to rebuild our city, it is increasingly important ensue that the people of New Orleans have the skills and resources to compete for the hundreds of jobs in the pipeline and can benefit from the city’s growth.”

As technology rapidly evolves, we must continue teaching students the necessary skills to fill those jobs and give them a shot at success—no matter where they come from,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Today’s grant awards for New Orleans will allow Delgado Community College and New Orleans Workforce Investment Board to expand their career development curriculum and partner with local industry leaders to give students a robust learning experience and prepare them for demanding jobs in the energy, technology and cybersecurity sectors. We must continue to invest in partnerships like these to train the next generation of workers in Southeast Louisiana.”

Both grants, as part of Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, seek to improve job training programs across the country. Together, the New Orleans Office of Workforce Development and Delgado Community College will leverage the grants to improve the delivery of workforce training services, facilitate cooperation across federal, state and local workforce programs, and expand partnerships within industry sectors to develop programs that reflect current and future skill needs. The sector specific training and workforce program connects to the City’s Economic Opportunity Strategy — launched in September 2014 with the goal of connecting disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to new opportunities.

“The demand for a skilled, diverse workforce in New Orleans continues to grow. There are many New Orleanians who need work and want to be a part of the cities expansion efforts,” said U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond. “Unfortunately, they have not been given the skills needed to be full participants. This funding will provide the resources to ensure New Orleanians are prepared for the jobs that are coming, and able to contribute to the city’s economic vitality.”

On behalf of the New Orleans Workforce Investment Board, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development will use the federal funding to engage advance manufacturing and energy companies in the region, and to partner with training providers and community organizations to deliver services for job-seekers.

“The award of the Workforce Innovation Fund grant by the Department of Labor helps to further expand our local labor demand-driven solutions that train jobseekers and match thousands of unemployed residents to quality jobs annually,” said Robert Spencer, Chairman of the New Orleans Workforce Investment Board.

Delgado Community College will partner in the effort and provide the newly designed sector-specific training to jobseekers through a program called Scale-Up Southeast Louisiana. Delgado expects to train 1,150 students over the next three years for jobs in various skills including welding, machining, electrical and industrial maintenance. Associates and Bachelor’s degrees will be offered while credits will also be transferable with four-year institutions.

The expertise of Delgado Community College in the area of workforce development and education is unmatched in the state of Louisiana. We have prepared many thousands of New Orleans residents for rewarding careers in high-demand economic sectors over our 93-year history,” said Chancellor Joan Y. Davis, Delgado Community College. “These new workforce training initiatives involving substantial federal funding are vital to the continued success of our local private businesses and public agencies, and, most importantly, to the current and future well-being of local workers and their families. We are grateful to everyone involved in helping make the dreams of our friends and neighbors a bright reality for us all.”

Delgado was one of 270 community colleges around the country who received a total of $450 million in federal job-driven training grants. This funding was part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

“This grant is a testimony to the collaborative environment NOLABA, the City and our partners in business and education have built in New Orleans,” said Melissa Ehlinger, interim president and CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance. “We’re excited to continue our role as conveners and facilitators, bringing together leaders and innovators in business, education, government and nonprofit sectors to prepare our workforce for jobs in sophisticated manufacturing environments both those we already have, and those we are recruiting.”

Workforce availability, particularly in advanced manufacturing and energy, is a key challenge facing both existing businesses and companies considering our region, and this funding from the Department of Labor will provide much needed training to fill key business needs in the coming years,” said Michael

Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This new training is a key step in transitioning our workforce system to becoming a demand-driven system that also provides high-wage, high- growth opportunities for our citizens.”

In addition to education and skill training, participants will be provided with the wrap-around supportive services needed to increase completion as well as opportunities for experience in real work settings and to gain national certifications recognized by industry. 

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Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis addresses an assembly of elected officials, education professionals and business leaders this morning in the HVAC laboratory at Delgado Sidney Collier.

Delgado Community College Workforce Development and Technical Education hosted a community information event on Monday, October 6, in conjunction with Praxair Inc., the company that is funding 100 full scholarships in welding at Louisiana community colleges including Delgado.

An estimated 35,000 skilled craft workers are needed to grow the industrial construction workforce and 51,300 are needed to replace construction workers expected to leave the industry through 2016. The Praxair Skills Pipeline program provides more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana as well as support for instructorships, continuing education and professional development, and is funded by Praxair’s Global Giving program.

This community engagement program was developed to meet the strong demand for skilled welders and is an example of the company’s continued commitment to developing a diverse “pipeline” of talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and skilled trade professionals.

Pictured at the event, from left: Will Seaman (LCTCS Skilled Crafts Manager), Barbara Waiters (Delgado, Director of Community and Economic Development for Workforce Development and Technical Education), Robyn Holbrook (Holbrook Multimedia), Kim Tubre’ (Delgado, Program Facilitator, Workforce Development and Technical Education), Tamara Brown (Praxair, Director of Sustainable Development and Community Engagement), Chasah West (Holbrook Multimedia), Ed VanAvery (Delgado, Executive Director of Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing).

Bob Dunn, Certified Broadcast Technologist and Instructor in Television, Radio and Mass Communications at Delgado Community College, appears on Cox cable’s “Across Louisiana,” running this month on Cox 4 around the state.  The interview is available on YouTube, and starts at the 5:35 mark on this video clip.

Dunn is also the Faculty Adviser for Dolphin Radio, WXDR-LP 98.9 FM and http://dolphinradio.org, which is conducting a fundraising campaign to prepare for upgrading to a broadcast signal that will be available city-wide.

Delgado is one of only seven community colleges nationwide to receive a coveted FCC Construction Permit, for which almost 2,800 non-profit groups, community organizations, and schools recently applied.  Applications for new Low Power FM (LPFM) licenses have been on hold for almost 14 years.

The Department of Theatre at Delgado Community College is proud to present the Louisiana premiere of the musical Dogfight.  Performances begin on October 9 and continue through October 19 in the Drama Hall of Isaac Delgado Hall on the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, third floor, in New Orleans.

Dogfight’s music and lyrics were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with the book written by Peter Duchan. Pasek and Paul are a new composer and lyricist team who have also written the popular new holiday favorite, the musical version of A Christmas Story.

Dogfight is the story of a young marine on November 21, 1963, the eve of his deployment to fight in Vietnam.  Continuing a tradition of the Marine Corps, he and his buddies play a cruel joke on the women they invite to a party, where the soldier who brings the most unattractive girl wins the prize money.  A story of the loss of innocence for the soldier and his date, Dogfight also parallels the loss of innocence of the United States.

Directed by Timothy Baker, the cast includes Aaron Romano in the role of Eddie Birdlace opposite Olivia Ros as Rose.  Eddie’s Army buddies are KJ Ade, Mitchel Courville, Peter Morgan, Randon Cutno, Daniel Anderson and Brandon Bracy. Adriel Aviles plays the Lounge Singer, Tyler Brantmeyer plays Pete and Whitney Mixon is Marcy. Others in the cast include Fallon Breaux, Kisty Cabib, Tyler Brantmeyer, Jaunee Young, Krystal Braud, Elizabeth Colindres and Edward Smith.

Ronald Joseph is the musical director, Nicole Buckels is the choreographer and sets and lighting are by Tom Dawson.

Performances are scheduled October 9-11 and October 15-18 at 8 pm.  There are Sunday matinees on October 12 and 19 at 3 pm. 

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for Delgado students, faculty and staff. For reservations or additional information, call 504-671-6360.

The focus of the interview will be the $300,000 welding scholarship fund established by Praxair, Inc. A community event for those interested in the full scholarships for an accelerated welding certification program takes place Monday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the City Park Campus Student Life Center. Register for the event and get more information at http://www.lctcs.edu/welder.

A Delgado news release detailing the scholarship program and the October event is located here.

  • $1.5 million grant to support Delgado Community College’s Water Infrastructure Personnel Training Program
  • This commitment will help build advanced manufacturing and water management skills and improve water infrastructure in New Orleans
  • An extension of GE and the GE Foundation’s commitment to manufacturing and skills development in communities around the world

New Orleans, La. — The GE Foundation announced today (October 1, 2014) a $1.5 million grant to Delgado Community College to help fill the advanced manufacturing and water management skills gap in New Orleans.  This grant will support Delgado Community College’s ongoing efforts to train certified water infrastructure personnel to work at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. The GE Foundation will partner with Delgado Community College, Sewerage and Water Board and the City of New Orleans to create career pathways in advanced manufacturing for hundreds of job seekers over three years.

The City of New Orleans, like many communities across the country, is beginning to experience skilled labor shortages. According to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, nearly 40% of the Sewerage and Water Board workforce is nearing retirement eligibility, leaving the critical utility and its upgrade needs vulnerable. The GE Foundation grant will help to address this issue.

Deborah A. Elam, President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer of GE said, “Building on GE’s rich manufacturing history and commitment to bridging the skills gap in communities around the world, the GE Foundation is proud to support Delgado Community College, in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Sewerage and Water Board. Together, we’ll create career pathways for water management personnel and continue our long-standing partnership with the City of New Orleans.”

Delgado Community College Chancellor Joan Davis said, “Career preparation is fundamental to the mission of Delgado Community College, which has served the City of New Orleans in this capacity for over 93 years. It is completely appropriate that Delgado be intimately involved in job training for the Sewerage and Water Board as it undertakes the vital effort to improve and safeguard the city’s water supply and delivery systems.  Delgado looks forward to the day when New Orleans has a sewerage and water infrastructure that is a model for the nation. We are proud to provide the educational component to this great transformation.”

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “We are thrilled that the GE Foundation has chosen to continue its commitment to the city of New Orleans and it could not have come at a better time. Our city’s water infrastructure is aging. With the GE Foundation’s generous support, we will train the next generation of water infrastructure personnel and ensure that the people of New Orleans benefit from our city’s growth. This aligns with our focus on job training based on employer needs, part of my Economic Opportunity Strategy, through which we are creating pathways to prosperity for all New Orleans residents.”

The GE Foundation’s commitment will support Delgado Community College’s water and wastewater treatment program, including technical skills training, to increase the number of certified personnel in this field.

This contribution builds on GE’s longstanding commitment to the City of New Orleans. GE and the GE Foundation supported the city’s water infrastructure development 100 years ago and New Orleans is home to the GE Capital Technology Center, which opened in 2012. The GE Foundation contributed to Hurricane Katrina relief and has provided support to the World War II museum. This program adds to the breadth of skills-building efforts already underway at the GE Foundation, equipping people with the necessary skills to meet critical needs around the world.

Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans said, “The Sewerage and Water Board has the important mission of ensuring we have safe drinking water and protecting our homes and businesses from flooding. In the coming years, we will face an operating challenge as 40 percent of our staff will become eligible for retirement in the next three years. This is an amazing opportunity to recruit and train the next generation of Sewerage and Water Board employees and we are committed to building pathways for job seekers. Right now, we are gearing up for a $3.3 billion infrastructure improvement program. With the GE Foundation’s generous support and Delgado’s technical training, we can begin building our workforce of tomorrow, today.”

The announcement was made today during the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), where the GE Foundation, Mayor Mitch Landrieu,  Delgado Community College and Sewerage and Water Board representatives discussed the importance of filling this critical skills gap in New Orleans.

About GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them build the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation

About Delgado

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

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Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis is pictured with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials from the City of New Orleans and the GE Foundation at the Oct. 1 event announcing a $1.5 million gift to Delgado in support of worker training for the Sewerage and Water Board.

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

What:

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

—Stop by the “Ask a Welder” booth.

—Meet a welding artist.

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

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

When:

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

Where:

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

Why:

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

About Praxair, Inc.

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

About Delgado Community College

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

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

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

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

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

WHO:      

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

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, City of New Orleans

Joan Davis, Chancellor, Delgado Community College                     

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

Sandra Ralston, President, Water Environment Federation

WHEN:        

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE:      

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

The New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Hall G Lobby

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130

About Delgado Community College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What:

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

—Stop by the “Ask a Welder” booth.

—Meet a welding artist.

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

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

When:

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

 Where:

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

Why:

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

About Praxair, Inc.

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

About Delgado Community College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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