On May 16, Delgado Community College will award the Residential Electrician Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) to 23 Warren Easton Charter High School seniors. The students began taking classes in the fall of their junior year in Dual Enrollment, a program that allows high school students to take classes and earn college credit.
All 23 of the graduates are African American males – evidence that, given the right support, this population is more than capable of overcoming the odds, program leaders said.
Sixteen of the 23 graduates were recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national academic honor society for two-year institutions. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa requires a minimum 3.4 grade-point average.
This is the second cohort of Dual Enrollment students from Warren Easton to complete the program at Delgado. Last year’s group included “The Super Seven,” who graduated from high school and Delgado within a two-day period, along with eight other students from Grace King High School.
Having completed the CTS in a high-wage, high-demand field, these students have several options. Some have indicated an interest in going directly to work, some plan to return to Delgado to complete the next two levels of the electrical program before entering the workforce, and others plan to further their education in a related field at a 4-year institution.
A recent article in Community College Journal (April/May 2017) stated that “Dual Enrollment is a proven strategy for states looking to move the needle on college enrollment and completion.”
Dr. Arnel Cosey, vice chancellor for student affairs at Delgado, said that Dual Enrollment is not only smart from a college access and completion perspective, but that it also makes sense from an economic standpoint. “High school students complete college level courses in the program at a reduced cost, so they will incur less debt as they pursue a degree,” Cosey said. This is an important consideration for Louisiana families given the current discussion at the state level regarding TOPS, she said.
Dual Enrollment, especially in programs with a focus on career and technical education, is strongly supported by local business and industry. GNO Inc. Board Chair Tara Hernandez said: “The success of the Dual Enrollment program at Delgado is promising and prepares students for work in multiple industries requiring their skill sets, including advanced manufacturing, construction, energy and water management.”
Alexina Medley, principal of Warren Easton Charter High School, feels the partnership with Delgado Community College exemplifies the school’s motto, “We Believe in Success.” According to Medley, DE is an excellent opportunity to expose students to technical programs that align with Jump Start pathways. Jump Start is Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program that prepares students capable of continuing their education after high school to earn certifications in high-wage career sectors. “We are extremely proud of our students and our association with Delgado Community College. We look forward to continuing this partnership and expanding to other technical fields,” Medley said.
For more information about Delgado’s Dual Enrollment program, call 504-671-5037 or go to www.dcc.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment/.
About Delgado Community College: Founded in 1921, Delgado Community College is Greater New Orleans’ largest higher education institution and Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by industry organizations, Delgado provides students with the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the Greater New Orleans region. The College’s 35 associate degree programs; 84 certificate, technical competency area, and technical diploma programs; and more than 200 non-credit courses enable Delgado to meet the needs of every type of student, regardless of entry point, educational goal, or career aspiration. More than 25,000 students are served each semester.