Delgado to build new campus in eastern N.O.

Delgado Community College will break ground today on the construction of a new campus in eastern New Orleans.

The new $21 million campus, located at 3727 Louisa St., will replace the former Sidney Collier Technical College Campus, which was heavily damaged after Hurricane Katrina.

The state will provide $12 million in funds for the first phase of construction, with $9 million provided by FEMA for the second phase of construction.

The Collier campus became part of Delgado in 2010 when the Louisiana Technical College Region One merged with Delgado, which currently has nine locations.

According to a news release, the new college will help revitalize the neighbor and serve as a pathway for residents to obtain job skills and employment.

The curriculum, designed to align with community needs and interests, will include health care, construction, automotive repairs, computer skills — with a focus on computer-aided drafting and design — and green jobs — with a focus in solar energy installation.

The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by May 2014. It will include 36,000 square feet of space for classrooms, offices and support functions.

The second phase is scheduled to begin in February 2014 and will be completed in April 2015.

The second phase will include 25,000 square feet dedicated to a library, student government offices, classrooms, workshops and laboratories.

With a main entrance facing the corner of Louisa Street and Higgins Boulevard, the campus will be anchored by two conjoined two-story buildings.

The design will include a courtyard, space for future expansion, and about 100,000 square feet of landscaped grounds and parking.

The Collier Campus also will have a structure and programs that will connect to nearby George Washington Carver High School. Carver students will have the opportunity to participate in dual enrollment programs.

“Delgado Community College is honored to be moving forward on behalf of the city, state and regional population to build a state-of-the-art technical and higher educational facility in New Orleans East,” Chancellor Monty Sullivan said in the news release. “The need is great, and our actions will be responsive and innovative. In New Orleans East, as well as at each of our locations in the region, Delgado will proudly offer area residents a broad range of opportunities to learn job skills and advance their personal lives, their families and the community.”