For more than 100 years, Delgado Community College has served the various educational needs of the New Orleans community. In 1909, a New Orleans businessman and philanthropist, Isaac Delgado, donated funds to establish a manual trades school for boys. Since Delgado’s opening in 1921 as a school for vocational education in the metal and woodworking trades, the school’s mission has changed dramatically. Today, the students are men and women of all ages who reflect the diversity of the New Orleans metropolitan area. Delgado is a comprehensive community college and a major institution of higher education in Louisiana. It is a center for professional and advanced technology career education, education in the arts and sciences, and traditional occupational education. From its original location on City Park Avenue in the heart of New Orleans, the College has expanded to numerous sites, including the West Bank Campus, the Sidney N. Collier Site, and the River City Site.
Delgado Community College will be nationally recognized as an exemplary, world-class institution of higher education. Delgado aspires to cultivate lifelong learners; become the academic and workforce catalyst that empowers the communities it serves; and develop transformative partnerships that foster growth, diversity, knowledge, and sustainability.
Our Core Values
We, at Delgado Community College, value:
- The worth of each individual
- Lifelong learning and the pursuit of knowledge
- Excellence in teaching in an accessible learning centered environment
- Meeting the needs of a changing workforce
- The cultural diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and administration
- Public trust, and personal and professional integrity and accountability
- Our responsibility to community, state, nation, and world
Our Mission Statement
Delgado Community College is a diverse, dynamic, open-admissions community college providing high-quality education through innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. The College offers a variety of academic and workforce programs through the Associate degree and is committed to nurturing and sustaining an inclusive culture to support student success.
Our Commitments for 2023-2028
Under each Delgado Directive is a list of commitments. These are our commitments to you, our students, business and industry partners, and employees. They are action items, goals, and aspirations that will guide us in everything we do. New and ongoing projects will advance the College’s commitment to our strategic planning goals.
DIRECTIVE 1: BE YOURSELF - Support our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
C1-A Expanding cultural awareness of the Delgado family to build intellect and empathy among our students, faculty, and staff
C1-B Improving access to flexible course options, connectivity, professional development, and student services
C1-C Promoting timely and targeted information delivery for new student engagement, support services, academic pathways, and career readiness
C1-D Fostering student connectedness and sense of belonging through enhanced student life and co-curricular activities
DIRECTIVE 2: BE SMART - Place student achievement at the forefront of all College initiatives.
C2-A Providing the highest quality programs and services to reduce barriers for college completion
C2-B Increasing communication and resources for prior learning credit
C2-C Fostering relationships with four-year institutions to enhance articulation and transfer opportunities
C2-D Coordinating and effecting positive change through college-wide assessment and curriculum to support the College’s mission, vision, and strategic planning
C2-E Broadening pathways for career advancement and educational attainment for all
C2-F Advancing instructional technology, professional development, and training to improve teaching and learning
DIRECTIVE 3: BE SUCCESSFUL - Continue to meet head-on the needs of a changing workforce and provide graduates who are excellently trained for career opportunities.
C3-A Growing and fostering strong relationships with industry partners, government entities, and program advisory boards
C3-B Identifying high-growth, high-demand occupations and emerging workforce demands to align with academic and continuing education program outcomes
C3-C Enhancing curricula, course design, and co-curricular activities to focus on ethics, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and professionalism for career readiness
DIRECTIVE 4: BE INTENTIONAL - Strengthen operations for efficiency and excellence.
C4-A Increasing internal and external communications and marketing to ensure a robust, engaging dialogue
C4-B Managing our talent through recruiting, developing, and retaining employees by promoting inclusion and belonging with engaging and rewarding practices
C4-C Using data to drive decision-making to improve institutional effectiveness and to respond to rapidly changing environments
C4-D Streamlining business practices and exploring opportunities to ensure solid revenue streams and financial stability
C4-E Maintaining safe, accessible, aesthetically pleasing facilities that affirm the College’s commitment to innovation and sustainability
C4-F Implementing responsive technology that supports the educational experience and modern college processes
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