Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has identified state funds to move forward with the construction of Delgado Community College’s new River City Campus and the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Churchill Technology and Business Park in Jefferson Parish.
Today, Delgado Community College officials led by Chancellor Joan Y. Davis joined with the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and state, regional and local leaders to celebrate Governor Edwards’ announcement at the JEDCO Conference Center in Avondale.
“All of us at Delgado Community College are grateful to Governor Edwards and the Legislature for enabling this new educational resource to become reality here in Jefferson Parish,” said Chancellor Davis. “As a result of their actions, the workforce of our region will be better prepared for jobs in key industry sectors. Everyone living in the region will feel the positive effects of the economic activity that will be based on the knowledge and skills of workers educated here at Delgado’s River City Campus.”
Upon completion of the $27 million project, the Delgado River City Campus will offer educational courses tailored to meet the region’s workforce needs. The 10.5 acre facility is designed to accommodate training programs to support commerce along the Mississippi River including transportation/logistics, marine engine, engineering, and automotive technology on the growing West Bank of Jefferson Parish.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which will be housed within the Delgado River City Campus, will focus on creating a sustainable, skilled workforce to support the industries investing in the region. Courses will focus on skills such as welding, precision machining, electrical/electronic engineering technology, electronics service technology and industrial maintenance.
The Delgado River City Campus is the newest addition to the Churchill Technology and Business Park, a growing asset in the Fairfield area. Born out of the Jefferson EDGE, Jefferson Parish’s long-term economic development plan, the tech park offers 500 acres of land for a variety of growth opportunities. Currently anchored by the JEDCO Administrative Complex, the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, and the JEDCO Conference Center and the Business Innovation Center, Churchill Park represents the future of Jefferson Parish.
“The development of the Delgado River City Campus and Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will help the parish to achieve goals outlined in the Jefferson EDGE 2020,” said Jerry Bologna, JEDCO president and CEO. “The campus will cultivate skilled workers to meet the needs of our water-related trades, an industry cluster targeted through our long-term economic development strategic plan with the highest opportunities for growth. This campus will serve our community and our businesses very well. We look forward to working with Delgado Community College to ensure this project’s success in the future.”
Chancellor Joan Davis and Governor John Bel Edwards together at the JEDCO Conference Center in Avondale this morning. The Chancellor was there for the announcement by Gov. Edwards of funding for the new Delgado Community College River City Campus on the West Bank.