The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is holding its 23rd annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) through Jan. 23 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans.
Delgado Community College is a host for the event, which brings together representatives of community colleges, corporations, federal agencies and foundations to participate in workshops and discussions about ways to cooperate in fostering economic growth in communities nationwide.
Other member institutions of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) along with Delgado, are event co-hosts, including Fletcher Technical Community College (Houma), Northshore Technical Community College (Bogalusa) and Nunez Community College (Chalmette).
Around 700 individuals from AACC member colleges around the state and country are attending the WDI in New Orleans this week. Meetings are structured on the theme “Orchestrating Opportunities.”
“The sessions at this conference cross sector, demographic, thematic and geographic lines, and they are designed to give attendees content that will be relevant today and help them to prioritize economic and workforce trends on the horizon. None of our work is done in isolation,” said Dr. Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the Washington, DC, based AACC.
In addition to educators employed at community and technical colleges around the country, the WDI includes representatives of about a dozen AACC-affiliated non-profit councils and government agencies focusing on education and community development. About 30 corporations are participating as well.
On Jan. 20, chancellors, board members and the president of Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS), including Delgado Community College and sister institutions, welcomed their counterparts as well as representatives of organizations promoting community development nationwide at the annual Workshop Development Institute held by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in New Orleans. They are pictured here at the opening plenary in the Hilton Riverside hotel. The event, scheduled Jan. 20-23, 2016, attracted about 700 national participants. From left: Rick Bateman, Bossier Parish Community College chancellor; Earl Meador, South Central Louisiana Technical College director; William Wainwright, Northshore Technical Community College chancellor; Thomas Warner, Nunez Community College chancellor; Dale Doty, River Parishes Community College chancellor; Walter Bumphus, AACC president and CEO; Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president; Joan Davis, Delgado Community College chancellor; Woody Oge', LCTCS Board of Supervisors chair; Dennis Michaelis, Baton Rouge Community College acting chancellor.