When the new school opened, it was known as the Isaac Delgado Central Trades School, and it was the culmination of years of planning, building, and realizing the dream of the school’s founder, Isaac Delgado. The Jamaican immigrant and New Orleans sugar magnate envisioned a school that would fulfill his intended dream to give his adopted city a place “to teach a boy a trade.” The new school on City Park Avenue opened its doors to pupils on August 17, 1921, offering a rigorous curriculum that offered something for everyone.
Isaac Delgado Hall, opened 1921
Ninety-five years later, Delgado has evolved into a multi-campus community college that serves more than 25,000 students each semester, making it the largest higher education institution in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the second-largest higher education institution in the state of Louisiana. Programs and opportunities vary to meet the needs of each and every student. Delgado’s academic programs are designed to lay the groundwork leading to a career or a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution. Workforce and technical education programs continue to focus on Isaac Delgado’s educational vision.
This week starts a new chapter in Delgado’s story, the story of the community’s college that has evolved to meet the needs of a changing world over the past nine and a half decades. This week, new groups of students walk the same halls that thousands of their predecessors have walked, while new state-of-the-art facilities help keep the college’s programs relevant in an ever-changing, ever-evolving educational environment. Step by step, each student’s story will be added to Delgado Community College’s legacy, a legacy that continues to be built year after year to impact hundreds of thousands of lives.
As the college begins to focus on its centennial celebration in 2021, the mission remains more vibrant than ever. With a recent reaccreditation, evolving academic and certification programs, an engaged and talented faculty and staff, and ever-improving facilities, The Delgado family remains more committed than ever to providing opportunities and improving lives.
Delgado Community College stands ready to help lead students to success beyond our walls, just as it has done for 95 years and counting.
Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center, opened 2016