Delgado students who are currently unemployed will soon receive the tools necessary for starting their careers. This year, the college received a $1.9 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which will support job-related education opportunities for students participating in the Allied Health and Hospitality programs. It will help New Orleans' hospitality and tourism industry recover from the pandemic.
According to a press release from Delgado, the grant will reduce unemployment in the opportunity youth student demographic--young people aged 16 to 24--by ensuring academic success, enriching math and English skills, and strengthening opportunity youth community partnerships with healthcare organizations.
Ranking No. 8 as the best university honors program in the country, Delgado's hospitality management program opens students to an assortment of financial, leadership, and communications skills required in the tourism industry. In addition, the college's Allied Health programs boast approximately 400 graduates per year, making them the largest division in the state. Participants can focus on a multitude of studies, including physical therapy, respiratory care technology, and diagnostic medical sonography.
"At Delgado, we prepare students to meet the challenges of tomorrow's workplace with an educational experience that is grounded in the best professional practices and standards of every industry in the New Orleans region, including healthcare and hospitality," Delgado Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib said.
Since 1944, the Hilton Foundation has helped make the lives of people around the world easier by increasing job opportunities for the unemployed, ensuring housing for displaced families, and helping at-risk youth live meaningful lives. So far, it has granted over $2 billion to organizations dedicated to helping these people.
For more information and a full list of this year's grants, visit hiltonfoundation.org.