Mar 26, 2023  
2015 - 2016 Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Workforce Development and Technical Education


Delgado’s Workforce Development and Technical Education seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by providing educational programs and services that promote personal, professional, and economic development in the Greater New Orleans area. 

The Workforce Development and Technical Education unit is designed to provide customer-driven assessment and training programs as an inducement to secure new value-added businesses to our region, to respond to permanent closures and layoffs, as well as to provide existing businesses with the necessary training for expansion. This unit serves as a forecasting mechanism for industry growth by providing leadership to the business community in identifying and training for emerging workforce trends and technologies. Through these comprehensive initiatives, the Workforce Development and Technical Education approach will allow employers to retrain, upgrade, and attract a skilled workforce pool to our region.

Through targeted outreach and by utilizing a variety of traditional and non-traditional delivery systems, Workforce Development and Technical Education provides flexible educational services, including continuing education, professional development, and customized training for business, industry, and governmental agencies. Workforce Development and Technical Education provides programs and services such as the following:

  • Customized Training
  • Short-Term, Compressed Courses
  • Industry Based Certification Training
  • Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • Incumbent Worker Training Programs
  • Educational Community Outreach Programs
  • Competency Based Training

Courses and training are offered at the City Park and West Bank Campuses, the Maritime, Fire, Radar, and Industrial Training Facility, Delgado Sidney Collier Site in New Orleans East, Delgado Jefferson Site, Delgado Northshore - Slidell, and the Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center in Gretna.


Delgado Community College offers U.S. Coast Guard-approved basic and advanced courses that provide maritime employees with specialized training in marine firefighting, industrial safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, and more. These courses are designed to meet the specific requirements of inland waterway, offshore vessel, and offshore platform personnel.

Successful completion of any U.S. Coast Guard-approved training is accepted by the Coast Guard in lieu of examination. Leadership and Managerial Skills and Advanced Firefighting Revalidation training is now offered at this facility. 

In addition to firefighting, courses such as U.S. Coast Guard-approved STCW Basic Safety, Medical Care Provider, Vessel Security Officer, and a variety of Industrial Safety courses are also taught on a regular basis. Courses can be customized to suit the needs and schedule of the sponsoring company. For more information call (504) 671-6620, or visit our website at 


The Delgado Community College Marine Radar Program is now housed together with the fire training program at 13200 Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans, La. This is a U.S. Coast Guard-approved facility featuring a 240 degree Full Mission Bridge Simulator, along with a 180 degree simulator. Delgado’s Full Mission Bridge Simulators are equipped with the most modern equipment available in the world today, including Z-Drive controls. These simulators were designed to train maritime personnel in the region but also have the ability to train personnel on vessels in waterways around the world.

Delgado’s Radar School also has facilities with upgraded labs to instruct students in Coast Guard-approved ARPA, Comprehensive Radar, GMDSS, and Apprentice Mate/Steersman, offering professional certifications in many areas. Delgado’s Radar School is able to design comprehensive, customized training for companies in the maritime industry. For more information call (504) 671-6620, or visit our website at 


The Continuing Education department was established in 1979 to make education more accessible to the public and to meet community needs that are not served by traditional college programs. Although the department has been known by other names (e.g., Community Campus), the purpose has remained the same: to offer lifelong learning opportunities for students seeking professional development or personal enrichment. The course catalog changes continuously to reflect the ever-evolving needs of the individuals and businesses throughout the region, and classes are designed with varying educational backgrounds and goals in mind. Continuing Education classes begin on a staggered schedule throughout each semester and can be customized in response to student and industry demand. Approximately 150 non-credit courses are offered.

Current course categories include 2D Graphics; 3D Graphics; Arts and Crafts; Business and Entrepreneurship; Computer Skills and Office Skills; Film and Video; Floristry and Related; Food and Beverage; Health, Fitness, and Wellness; Home Improvement and Do-It-Yourself; Industrial and Technical Skills/Trades; Languages and Communication; Music and Music Business; Personal Finance; Photography and Related; Social Media and Search Engine Marketing; Web Design and Development; Writing and Publishing; Youth Programs and Camps; and more.

For more information, visit or call (504) 671-6474 or email


The Community and Economic Development (C&ED) department is the intersection of economic growth, workforce, and community investments. Our approach is through the engagement of business and industry, government, philanthropic entities, non-profits, and other community stakeholders by leveraging Delgado’s institutional commitment to providing education and training opportunities–meeting the unique needs of industry. Community and Economic Development programs also extend to youth through mentorship, training, career explorations, and summer employment initiatives.

Programmatic initiatives include the following:


Community and Economic Development’s customized training provides the opportunity for organizations to receive specialized training solutions to fulfill their specific development needs. C&ED assesses the learning needs of employees and collaborate to prepare a prescribed instructional design and delivery strategy. The goal is to create customized content that will leave employees empowered with enhanced skill sets, thereby increasing productivity and driving revenue growth. Services available include the following: 

  • Organizational needs assessment
  • Custom training development, design, and delivery
  • Testing and Assessments - Basic Academic Skills, Career, and Occupational Skills
  • Consulting
  • Training delivery via lecture, online, or any combination
  • Incumbent Worker Training Grants

For more information, call (504) 671-6733 or (504) 671-6465.


Community and Economic Development offers industry-certified, accelerated, and accessible high-demand occupational training programs in Electrical, Welding, HVAC, Pipefitting, Industrial Maintenance, and Construction Site Safety Training (CSST), which lead job seekers to sustainable careers. For more information, call (504) 671-6465.


In response to the need for workforce training in the Greater New Orleans Area, the W.I.A., Y.O.S.T., and Intensive Services programs promote economic independence, self-respect, and confidence. These programs provide training in an environment that is student-oriented and instruction that utilizes innovative technology. For more information, call (504) 671-6733.


The W.I.A. program promotes employment and training designed to provide services that will increase skills for adults and youth that will result in employment and increased earnings. Workforce Development and Technical Education offers several education programs that can help in overcoming employment barriers. For more information, call (504) 671-6465.

OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING (Y.O.S.T.) - Jefferson Parish Workforce Investment Board

The Y.O.S.T. program provides free training for eligible youth (ages 18 to 24) in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Electrical, Industrial Maintenance, and Machinist. For more information, call (504) 361-6542.

INTENSIVE SERVICES - Jefferson Parish Workforce Investment Board 

The Intensive Services program provides a learning-centered environment to prepare students to attain educational, career, and personal goals. These services are provided through academics and skills assessments, classes, and workshops based on the needs of each participant. Classes and workshops are offered to assist students in résumé writing, business etiquette, business office support, customer service, and computer training. For more information call (504) 361-6542.

GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing entrepreneurs with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. Small business owners gain practical business knowledge and skills that can be put to work immediately, such as contract negotiation, marketing, accounting, and people management.

Small business owners selected for the program attend a highly practical 11-session business management education program that meets at Delgado Community College. Participants also commit six to eight hours per week for out-of-class activities geared toward their business. The benefits of the program include the following:

  • Practical Business Education: Learn practical and immediately applicable skills to grow businesses.
  • Business Support Services: Receive one-on-one business advising to help develop a strategic and tailored plan for growth.
  • Potential Capital to Expand: Aquire opportunities and tools to position businesses to access capital.
  • Network of Support: Gain access to a team of entrepreneurs (nationally and locally) with similar experiences and challenges.
  • Alumni Services: Obtain opportunities to participate in business services and networking events after completing the program.

The program at Delgado Community College is designed for owners of small businesses who

  • Generate minimum revenues of $150,000 per year
  • Have been in business for at least two years
  • Employ at least four people, including themselves (full- or part-time)
  • Operate a scalable business with potential for growth

Delgado Community College staff members are available to assist with the application process. For more information, visit, call (504) 671-5555, or email


Scale-up SELA, the newest program managed by Workforce Development and Technical Education, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Division under TAACCCT Round 4. Scale-up SELA provides accelerated, competency-based training programs in advanced manufacturing that equip individuals with the competencies and skills required by employers and industry. In addition to training, Scale-up SELA works to strengthen partnerships with Career Solution Centers to provide supportive, wrap-around services for students as well as connect eligible students with employers to secure employment opportunities.

Additional resources include the following:

  • Career guidance and advisement
  • Academic support
  • Job readiness and placement assistance

Students should contact Scale-up SELA to learn how the program can prepare them for in-demand careers with hands-on workforce training. Students who are TAA eligible, a veteran, dislocated worker, or an adult learner should make an appointment to determine eligibility today. For more information, please call (504) 762-3077 or email


The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skills development of existing employees. Through this client-driven training, organizations are able to effectively upgrade and retain their current workforce and create new opportunities, thereby enhancing economic development in the region and the state. Workforce Development and Technical Education’s collaborative efforts in Incumbent Worker Training provide a viable relationship among business, government, and Delgado to ensure a properly trained workforce and the opportunity for career advancement. The Incumbent Worker Training Program was introduced in 1999 when Delgado’s Workforce Development and Technical Education unit received approximately $1 million in grant funding. The Workforce Development and Technical Education unit, on behalf of Delgado Community College, has received over $31 million in grant funding, provided training for over 51 businesses, and trained over 18,000 employees. The program is funded by a portion of Louisiana’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax contributions; therefore, employers are eligible to apply if they have been contributing to the state’s UI taxes.

For more information, contact Delgado’s Maritime, Fire, Radar, and Industrial Training Facility at (504) 671-6680 or Community and Economic Development at (504) 671-6733.