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Delgado Community College Prepares Thousands for Local Workforce

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With over 90 different programs of study, Delgado Community College educates tens of thousands of students in Greater New Orleans each year. It is the largest community college in Louisiana and the state’s second largest institution of higher education, just behind Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In the last few years, annual enrollment figures have maintained all-time highs of around 17,000 new students, with a record number of students graduating in 2013.

Located next to New Orleans’ City Park, Delgado began in 1921 as a trade school with a grant from local philanthropist Isaac Delgado, who also founded the New Orleans Museum of Art. Along with its City Park campus, Delgado now encompasses nine sites across the New Orleans area, and the institution keeps expanding. Plans for a new $15 million technology park were announced in late 2013, with a ground breaking in May 2015.

Remaining true to its origin as a vocational college, Delgado’s courses of study are career oriented. The culinary arts program provides qualified chefs for New Orleans restaurants, supporting the city’s food and restaurant culture. Its accredited nursing program is also a standout, and more programs, such as digital media technology, are continually being added in order to meet the growing demands of the job market.

The more than 25,000 students enrolled at Delgado gain a practical education for use in leveraging career opportunities, increasing the New Orleans workforce and enhancing the region's economy.

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