Newswise-NEW ORLEANS, La. – For over 100 years, Delgado Community College has provided education and career opportunities to the New Orleans area. Thanks to a partnership with Ochsner Health, the college will now offer an evening and weekend course in pre-care and allied health, and offer after-hours courses for adults who need flexibility. Classes begin in the spring semester in the state-of-the-art building of the Ochsner Center for Nursing and Allied Health, which is slated to open in January on the Delgado City Park campus.
The partnership between Ochsner Health and Delgado is key to the joint initiative Healthy State by 2030, an ambitious ten-year plan to lift Louisiana from the bottom of national health rankings. Delgado meets critical workforce needs while providing opportunities for locals to thrive in high-paying careers.
The Pre-Nursing and Allied Health Track prepares students to apply to the Registered Nursing Program and any of Delgado’s 29 Allied Health associate degree and certificate programs. It is one of three options being introduced in the Delgado Evening & Weekend Track (EWT) for the upcoming spring semester. Students can choose EWT courses that take place on Saturdays or evenings after normal business hours as face-to-face events. You can also choose hybrid courses that offer face-to-face and online classes, as well as full online courses.
The expanded pre-nursing and allied health course offerings will be timed to coincide with the opening of the $44 million Ochsner Center for Nursing and Allied Health, which will house the Delgado Charity School of Nursing and most of the programs offered by the Division of Allied Health one will include roof. OCHSNER has pledged $20 million for this center, including $10 million for the new building. The remaining $10 million will be used to cover full-time tuition for Ochsner employees to earn degrees and qualifications in nursing and allied health programs at Delgado.
Such investments are crucial as the challenges faced by healthcare workers have grown in recent years. The US Bureau of Labor estimates that more than 1.1 million new nurses will be needed by 2030 alone.
“Ochsner remains committed to filling the workforce development pipeline by partnering with higher education institutions like Delgado and maintaining a strong focus on quality education for the next generation of healthcare workers,” he said Tracey Schiro, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Ochsner Health. “We are also excited to be working with Delgado to invest in our own people and provide them with quality education and a wonderful opportunity to advance their healthcare careers.”
“For many decades, Delgado Community College has provided excellent education for students seeking meaningful, rewarding careers as nurses and health professionals,” he said Larissa Littleton-Steib, Chancellor, Delgado Community College. “The Charity School of Nursing that will be housed in the new facility is highly respected in Louisiana and across the country for the caliber of LPN and RN nurses it produces. The Delgado Allied Health Division is one of the largest health professional manufacturers in the state. We are thrilled to be working with Ochsner because we know how many lives this partnership will change.”
The new building was designed by New Orleans-based Manning Architects and features 120,000 square feet of labs and modern classrooms. It will feature a simulated hospital and will accommodate 1,500 students.
Each year, Delgado Community College produces 1,200 nurses and related health professionals who remain in the New Orleans area to augment the health workforce. It is the largest training school for nurses and health professionals in Louisiana.
The Charity School of Nursing, founded in 1894 and part of Delgado since 1990, currently enrolls 800 students annually in RN and LPN programs and has outgrown its original downtown building.
Delgado Allied Health graduates approximately 400 students per year. It offers 29 different health certifications and associate degrees, including non-credit programs. Most of the Allied Health Division is currently located on the City Park campus, along with the downtown campus.
Through Healthy State, the partnership with Delgado also marks the expansion of Ochsner Scholars, a program that offers instruction to students who choose to practice medicine or find employment with Ochsner in Louisiana. In partnership with Delgado and the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges, Ochsner will support academic and staffing programs such as MA to LPN, surgical engineering, laboratory engineering and LPN to RN training programs. Ochsner Scholars is on track to positively impact more than 3,000 students, including Ochsner employees, by 2025.
About Delgado Community College and Delgado Charity School of Nursing
Delgado Community College celebrates 100 years of service in the New Orleans area. Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, Delgado offers classes online and in seven campuses. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive range of education and training services in the New Orleans area. In addition, Delgado has articulation agreements with most four-year colleges and universities in the state, allowing students to transfer their Delgado credits to undergraduate programs. In addition to offering degrees and transferable credits, Delgado also offers diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Personnel development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”
Delgado Charity School of Nursing, founded in 1894, has been a division of Delgado since 1990. The school offers an associate degree for Registered Nurses as well as a certificate program in practical nursing and training to become a certified nursing assistant. According to a 2022 study by Nursing Explorer, the Delgado Charity School of Nursing is ranked #1 among all nursing schools in Louisiana. The online resource College Factual ranks the Delgado Charity School of Nursing as the #1 associate degree in nursing program in Louisiana.
About Ochsner Health
Ochsen health is an integrated health system with a mission to serve, heal, guide, educate and renew. Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2022, it is a national leader in areas including cancer care, cardiology, neuroscience, liver and heart transplants, and pediatrics. Ochsner is consistently named both the Best Hospital and Best Children’s Hospital in Louisiana by US News & World Report. The non-profit organization inspires healthier lives and stronger communities. The focus is on preventing disease and providing patient-centered care that is accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner Health pioneers new treatments, applies new technologies and conducts groundbreaking research, including over 700 clinical studies. It has more than 36,000 employees and over 4,600 staff and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. The company operates 47 hospitals and more than 300 health and emergency care centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the southern Gulf; and its state-of-the-art digital medicine program, Connected Health, cares for patients outside its walls. In 2021, Ochsner Health treated more than 1 million people from every state and 75 countries. As the leading healthcare educator in Louisiana, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. To learn more, visit https://www.ochsner.org/.