New Delgado chancellor excited about challenges ahead


Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 6:26 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Delgado's new chancellor Joan Davis says the school has a vital role.

"I think I've walked into the best possible world," Davis said. "Community colleges across the country have been asked to serve as engines to restore the economy, and so that's what's happening here at Delgado. This is very exciting."

Delgado has 35 associate degree programs, 100 non-credit courses and 73 certificate or technical diploma programs ranging from nursing to automotive.

"You can ask questions, and they also help you get a job in the industry," said Hava.

"Both academic programs that could transfer to a four-year degree as well as workforce development," said Vice Chancellor for Institutional Development Dr. Stanton McNeely, III.

Davis said she will spend the coming weeks learning what Delgado can do better, but she does plan to seek partnerships across the community.

"K through 12, business and industry, the government, other four years, other two years, whoever we can partner with to get the job done," said Davis.

When classes begin at Delgado's eighth location at the old Sidney Collier Technical College campus, they'll range from welding to cosmetology. Opening day is Aug. 29, the Katrina anniversary, a sign of just how much the college has changed since the storm.

"A few weeks before Katrina hit, we were at about 14,000 students," McNeely said. "Last fall, the fall of 2013, we were at about 18,500."

They're building a digital media and entrepreneurship center.

"New Orleans is an exciting city, and Delgado is helping to put people back to work, and helping them have better lives," said Davis.