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Apr 26, 2013
Campus had been closed after suffering massive damage from Hurricane Katrina
NEW ORLEANS –Governor Bobby Jindal broke ground today on Delgado Community College’s new Sydney Collier Campus—a campus that has been closed due to Hurricane Katrina.
Governor Jindal said, “When I took office, we recognized the impact this campus had on Southeast Louisiana prior to Hurricane Katrina, and we made reviving it a priority as part of our vision for higher education. That’s why we committed $12 million to rebuild and restore Sydney Collier because this campus is a critical pipeline for workforce needs. It provides our students with the skills they need for careers and brighter futures right here at home.”
The total cost of the new campus is $21 million for two phases of construction. The first phase is funded by a $12 million state commitment, featuring 36,000 square feet of learning environments for programs like nursing and information technology, as well as trades like electrical and air conditioning work.
The remaining $9 million for the second phase of construction will be supported by FEMA funding, and it will include a library and classrooms for architecture, construction and computer design programs.
The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in May 2014, and the second phase is estimated to be completed by April 2015.
Upon completion, the new campus will allow Delgado to expand its curriculum, broaden programming, increase training resources and maximize its ability to educate students in Southeast Louisiana.
Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across Louisiana, including more than $225 million at Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses.