COVINGTON, La. - The Covington campus of Delgado Community College is a busy one, with more than 1,500 students weaving through three buildings for classes, mainly in business and allied health.
But as of July 1, 2014, the activity will cease because the doors are closing.
Students were made aware of the change in an email last week and some aren’t happy about it.
"They should keep it open because a lot of students have to travel farther and I just feel that this campus is way closer for students," said business student Theron Terry.
"I think the whole deal boils down to is it's a community college campus and if you take it from here, you're actually taking from the community," said nursing student Randon Garett.
"You hear the word closure and you think we're retracting, but we're not," said Delgado Northshore Executive Dean Ashley Chitwood.
School leaders say this move is a good thing and has been in the works since 2010, not as a budget cut solution, but as a growth plan.
Even though one campus will be closing, several others, including the one in Slidell, will be expanding. A new partnership with Northshore Technical Community College will not only add even more programs, but locations too, so Hammond and Mandeville classrooms will be available.
"Students are going to have access to both Delgado and Northshore Technical Community College, which means they can pick the best of both," Chitwood said.
Decisions on what programs will go where, as well as the fate of the 30-plus employees at the Covington campus, are still in the works. Students say they’re anxious to see how the plan plays out.