Delgado Community College is located in Louisiana with seven different metropolitan New Orleans locations. The college received its name from Isaac Delgado, who donated the money used to purchase the land for the City Park Campus and helped construct and furnish the original building located on City Park Avenue. DCC was first opened in 1921 as a trade school for young boys and finally received its current designation in 1980.
The City Park Campus is the original and largest campus, which offers more than 60 academic programs for students. Another branch is the West Bank Campus, which offers associate degrees and certificate programs in the Arts & Sciences and Business & Technology divisions. Charity School of Nursing offers an associate degree, R.N. program and a practical nursing program.
There is also a site on the Northshore allowing students to complete the following programs: Pharmacy Technician, Respiratory Care Technician, Surgical Technician, and Veterinary Technician. Students can receive Maritime and Industrial Fire Fighting, Radar, Safety, and U.S. Coast Guard-approved training at the Maritime, Fire, and Industrial Training Facility located in New Orleans and Mandeville.
DCC also offers several technical division sites, which include the Jefferson Site (Metairie, LA), the West Jefferson Site (Harvey, LA), the Sidney N. Collier Site (closed due to hurricane Katrina damage), and the Slidell Instructional Services Site (Slidell, LA). The Slidell and Jefferson sites offer students the following certificates:
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Automotive Technology: Electrical
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Automotive Technology: Technical
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Automotive Technology: Engine Performance
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Automotive Technology: Power Train Technician
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Collision Repair Technology: Basic Structure Repair Person
- Certificate of Technical Studies in A/C and Refrigeration Helper II
- Certificate of Technical Studies in A/C and Refrigeration: Domestic A/C and Refrigeration
- Certificate of Technical Studies in A/C and Refrigeration: Residential A/C and Refrigeration
- Certificate of Technical Studies in HACR Energy Systems Technician (Solar Training)
A Technical Diploma in Barber-Styling can be completed at the West Jefferson site. The West Jefferson site also offers a Technical Diploma in Cosmetology and a Certificate of Technical Studies in Cosmetology Teacher Trainer. The Jefferson campus allows students to complete the following certificates and diplomas:
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Carpentry: Carpentry Tech II
- Technical Diploma in Carpentry
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Machine Tool Technology
- Lathe Operator; Certificate of Technical Studies in Machine Tool Technology
- Mill Operator
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Machine Tool Technology
- CNC Operator; and Technical Diploma in Machine Tool Technology
- Industrial Machine Shop Technician.
All of the technical sites offer certificates and diplomas in welding for students and these include:
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Welding: Arc Welder-GTAW
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Welding: Acr Welder-GMAW
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Welding: Acr Welder-FCAW
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Welding: Acr Welder-SMAW
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Production Line Welder II
- Certificate of Technical Studies in Production Line Welder-Shipbuilding
- Technical Diploma in Welding
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Students who are applying as incoming freshman must fill out an application online, pay a small application fee, send high school transcripts or GED scores to the Admissions Office, submit proof of immunization, submit proof of registration with the military selective service (male applicants between 18 – 25 years of age), take placement assessment if ACT scores are not high enough, and attend freshman orientation. If the student graduated from a Louisiana high school in May of 2003 or later they do not need to send their high school transcripts because they will be sent through the Student Transcript System.
Students that were home-schooled must have completed a state approved program or a regionally accredited program to be considered high school graduates. If the student did not complete one of these programs a GED will have to be obtained or the student will have to pass the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment.
Students who wish to transfer must send in all of the required documentation as an incoming freshman however their official transcripts must also be sent from all colleges or universities attended.
International students with an F-1 and M-1 Visa must be enrolled as full-time students. These students are required to send the following to the International Student Admissions: a letter of intent explaining why the student has chosen DCC and why the student wishes to study in the US, an admissions application, an application fee and an assessment fee, a supplemental application, proof of immunization compliance, a statement of understanding, a statement of financial support, and official foreign transcripts.
Students are able to apply during the end of their junior year in high school. This early admission program will allow students to begin classes in their senior year instead of attending their high school. Students will still be able to receive a high school diploma upon completion of 24 credit hours of college credit. In order for students to be eligible for the early admission program they must have a recommendation from their principal, a “B” average, permission from their parent or guardian, and have met the ACT minimum score requirement.
Students graduating from high school are awarded scholarships based on their academic achievements, intellectual promise, music skills, community contribution at their high school, community service or leadership abilities. There are also scholarships available for non-traditional applicants who have been out of high school for a minimum of five years or who have received their GED. The scholarships offered include: the Honors Scholarship, the Academic Scholarship, the Leadership Scholarship, the Adult Learner, and the Music Scholarship (City Park Campus only).
Louisiana residents may be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). Students are found to be eligible for TOPS based on the eligibility requirements determined by Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).
Also students have several grant programs to choose from including: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and Go Grant.
Students can also participate in a work-study program offering on-campus and off campus jobs based on financial need. The work-study program allows students to work a maximum of 20 hours a week and the students are paid once every two weeks.
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The campus offers various organizations including departmental clubs, special interest groups, honorary societies, religious groups, and service organizations. These organizations allow students to get involved and gain leadership experience. Students who wish to be an officer of a student organization must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student.
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Delgado is a member of the NJCAA and the school mascot is the Dolphin. The Dolphins teams include men’s and women’s basketball, as well as men’s baseball team. Athletic facilities include the Kirsch-Rooney Stadium and the Michael Williamson Center.
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