Delgado and New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute Sign Agreement Providing Transfer Credit Opportunity for Students

June 27, 2019

Leaders of Delgado Community College and New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), the city’s new industry-driven culinary school that opened in January 2019, signed an agreement today formalizing an opportunity for graduates of the new school to earn Delgado credits for specific educational achievements at NOCHI. The partnership demonstrates both institutions’ commitment to increase access to affordable, quality culinary education.

 “Delgado Community College is pleased to offer students completing studies at NOCHI the opportunity to continue to further their education at Delgado,” said William S. Wainwright, Ph.D., Delgado’s interim chancellor. “Our college has several pathways for these students to achieve their academic objectives and career goals. Our thanks to NOCHI’s leaders for joining with Delgado to expand opportunities for culinary education in the New Orleans region—home to one of the world’s greatest food cultures.”

Students who enroll at Delgado after completing a NOCHI certificate program will now be able to receive college credits for introductory and skills courses in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts.

Students may also use Delgado’s Credit for Prior Learning process, specifically the Life Experience Assessment Program, to obtain Delgado credits for their NOCHI experiences. The students must enroll in a degree program at Delgado and are limited to 24 hours of credits awarded through the process.

“NOCHI could not be more pleased to formalize this articulation agreement with Delgado that builds on our shared mission to improve access to meaningful career pathways in the hospitality industry,” said Carol Markowitz, founding executive director of NOCHI. “This is an exciting start to a long-term relationship with Delgado that will continue to evolve as needed to meet the demands of our students, graduates and industry.”

After several years of program development and facilities construction, NOCHI opened its doors on January 7, 2019 to its inaugural class of 21 students enrolled in either the Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts certificate program offered at NOCHI. Those students graduated from the 100-day program on June 14, and the next class of students starts on July 22, 2019.

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs at Delgado Community College date back to the college’s opening in 1921, when one of the first programs offered was Commercial Cooking and Stewardship. Nearly one hundred years later, Delgado is recognized locally and nationally as a center for career preparation in the culinary and hospitality fields, awarding associate degrees and certificates to students with a variety of backgrounds, interests and goals. More than 200 students were enrolled in these Delgado programs during the Spring 2019 semester.


Delgado signing at NOCHI
Pictured at the June 27 signing ceremony at the new NOCHI campus in downtown New Orleans, from left: Mostofa Sarwar, Ph.D., Delgado interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and college provost; William S. Wainwright, Ph.D., Delgado interim chancellor; Carol Markowitz, NOCHI executive director; and Leah Sarris, NOCHI director of training and education. (photo by Delgado Public Relations and Marketing)

Delgado Community College will celebrate 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the 10-parish New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to smoothly transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s motto: “Education that works!”

NOCHI is an industry-driven, non-profit culinary school whose mission is to provide a seat at the table for all people seeking to develop their culinary passion. At NOCHI, aspiring professionals, locals, and visitors from around the world can study the techniques to great cooking and the elements that have defined New Orleans’ unique brand of hospitality for 300 years. NOCHI is committed to offering training programs for long-term career opportunities in an industry that knows no limits, as well as enthusiast courses for the at-home gourmand. NOCHI believes New Orleans’ rich culinary heritage and culture make the perfect setting for an institute where the next generations of talent and leadership will be developed. For more information on its facility and classes, please visit