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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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SLIDELL,La. -- The Learning Emporium in Delgado-Slidell's new annex building is already packed on grand opening day.

College leaders are hoping that's a sign to come, especially with fall enrollment expected to hit 2,000.

'It gives us the ability to reach out and expand our mission so that we can offer quality education and learning to people in this community,'Chancellor Joan Davis said.

The expansion, which sits behind the original building on Howze Beach Road, includes a small business center for students and the public. It'll also be a new home for hundreds of students from the Covington campus, which closed earlier this month.

'Being able to add the annex has given us 50 percent more classrooms, as well as some features and services we weren't able to provide before.'

All of the faculty from Covington is now at Slidell, and they're going to need it, because this new building is making the entire business program available to Northshore students, as well as expanding courses for criminal justice and early childhood education.

And while some of those Covington students have turned to online courses, many have made the switch to Slidell.

'I'm from Hammond, so I live in Hammond and I really, really enjoyed Covington,' said former Covington student Katie Denney. 'But Slidell, it's the same faculty so that's good.'

Students who were already at the Slidell campus are hoping the expansion welcomes even more newcomers.

'A lot more new students and a bigger environment. Hoping to get more students in SGA,'said Kati Prinz, with the Delgado Northshore Student Government Association.

And Delgado is hoping growth at the Slidell location leads to growth in the school's reputation as a first-rate place to learn.

Delgado Northshore is registering new students now and classes are set to start in the middle of next month.

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