Delgado and Café Reconcile Announce Partnership for Free College-Level Course

August 02, 2019

Café Reconcile and Delgado Community College are pleased to announce a partnership to offer Café Reconcile participants and alumni a free College and Career Readiness class starting Fall 2019 at Café Reconcile, located at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans. This program is made possible by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The non-credit class includes academic advising and is eligible for prior learning credit upon future enrollment at Delgado. Delgado will provide the textbook and course materials free of charge. Classes are August 19 – November 7 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. at Café Reconcile.

Café Reconcile Executive Director Gerald Duhon said: “Life is constant exploration. Our education never stops. Reconcile is grateful that formal educational opportunities exist for our alumni that have worked hard through our program.”

“Delgado welcomes all Café Reconcile participants and alumni to explore their educational and career potential through this innovative program designed with their needs in mind,” said Arlanda Williams, vice chancellor of workforce development and institutional advancement, dean of technical education, and executive dean of the River City Site, Delgado Community College.

For more information about the program and questions about enrollment, please contact Croix McClendon,, or call 504-934-1641.

Café Reconcile is an 11-week job-training program for youth 16-24 years old. It started in 2000 and over a thousand graduates have gone on to pursue careers in restaurants, hospitals and other food services. But Café Reconcile does more than train people to work in food service. It addresses participants’ understanding of workplace culture, and tailors the program for youth with little connection to the labor market.

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, 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 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 well-known motto: “Education that works!”