Delgado plans new campus on the west bank

Avondale, La. - Delgado Community College is expanding, adding another campus at the West Bank Technology park.   The $15 million, 45,000-square-foot facility will serve 3,000 students.  The River City Campus will be geared to students enrolled in programs that support Mississippi River commerce, including transportation/logistics, maritime technology, automotive technology and marine engineering. It will be located on more than five acres of land behind the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, a magnet for regional students

The Delgado River City Campus will be built on the site of the Churchill Technology and Business Park.  The Churchill park has approximately 500-acres of developable land on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.  The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission(JEDCO) says the campus  is close to both the Harvey Canal and the Mississippi River, as well as other economic developments in the area, the NOLA Motorsports Park, the TPC Louisiana and the Alario Center.

"We are thrilled to work with Delgado in order to bring the River City Campus project to fruition," says JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna. "Workforce development is a key component to improving the economic landscape in Jefferson Parish. The River City Campus will play a vital role in the continued success of our community. Not only will it create a workforce pool that will attract new business to our region, but it will keep our young people in Jefferson Parish. We look forward to a long partnership with Delgado and remain dedicated to assisting in the college's long-term success."

Dr. Sullivan, Chancellor of Delgado Community College, adds: "The new Delgado River City Campus in Jefferson Parish is an exciting partnership between JEDCO and Delgado Community College, which will be transformational for the business development and economic growth of our region.  Delgado has played an important role educating the workforce for Mississippi River-related industries and businesses for almost a century, and we look forward to enhancing this relationship through this partnership and the development of the new campus."

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.