Delgado's Third Technical Skills Expo Attracts Hundreds Of Local High School Students

NEW ORLEANS — On Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11, 2016, hundreds of local high school students attended Delgado's third Technical Skills Expo (TSE), presented by Chevron, at its Jefferson Parish Campus location. Twenty-three high schools participated from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, Plaquemine and St. Tammy Parish.

         "The primary focus of the Technical Skills Expo is exposure," said Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development and Technical Education. "We've exposed hundreds of individuals to careers that exist, and we couldn't be more excited about it's growth over the years."

         The two-day expo is designed to introduce high school students to high-wage, high-demand occupations in the region as viable career pathways offered by Delgado through its Dual Enrollment (DE) program. Featured programs at this year's TSE included carpentry, electrical, automotive, welding, industrial maintenance, precision machining and instrumentation and control.

         Upon arrival, participants were greeted by Delgado staff and prepared for their guided tours. During the guided tour, students received real-life demonstrations on state-of-the-art equipment and overviews of each occupation from Delgado and its business/industry partners. Business and industry partners included Shell, Turner Industries, Phillips 66, Laitram, Cornerstone, Chevron and more. This year's expo also included a demonstration from the Fab Lab, a new, advanced fabrication lab with a focus on K-12 STEM education and outreach.

         "This expo gives students the opportunity to see what technical skills delivery looks like, and it opens their minds to additional opportunities for good paying jobs and careers," said Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. "Many students who attend the TSE go on to enroll in the DE program and obtain certificate of technical studies (CTS) degrees."

         In the spring of 2016, 15 DE students graduated from, both, their respective high schools and Delgado Community College with more on track to graduate next semester. Since graduation, many of the students have secured positions in the local workforce and others are furthering their education in training programs.

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