LANGUAGE STUDIES: Dillard University is one of 157 organizations participating in the Mexican Proyecta 100,000 program, which aims to send 100,000 college students and teachers to the United States for intensive study of English as a second language.

Dillard’s Center for Intensive Language is working with 20 Mexican participants through Dec. 13. “We hope this group is the first of many others who will come to Dillard throughout next year,” said Aurea Diab, interim director of the CIEL program.

Over the past two years, Dillard has trained 106 learners in its CIEL program: 48 teachers and 55 students from Brazil and three students from Pakistan.

DELGADO REGISTRATION: Registration is open for the spring 2015 semester at Delgado Community College. Spring classes begin Saturday, Jan. 17.

The college has an open admission policy and offers instruction at a variety of levels, enabling students to progress toward their goals from any beginning point. Adults without a high school diploma can earn the equivalent at Delgado. High school students can get an early start in their careers through dual enrollment at Delgado. Educational programs at Delgado are fully accredited and industry-certified.

Delgado offers instruction online and at nine convenient locations, including the City Park, West Bank (Algiers) and Charity School of Nursing campuses and locations in Slidell and Metairie.

Delgado Sidney Collier opened in August on Louisa Street in the Desire-Gentilly area.

DCC was founded in 1921 by businessman and philanthropist Isaac Delgado, who also founded the New Orleans Museum of Art. Students marked his 175th birthday recently by placing a wreath at his tomb in Metairie Cemetery, about half a mile from the college’s City Park Campus.

Students must be admitted to Delgado in order to register for classes. For information, call (504) 671-5012 or visit www.dcc.edu.

GREENER CAMPUS: The state-of-the-art lighting system recently installed on five parking lots on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College features the latest in LED lighting technology. The low-wattage, highly efficient system functions completely by solar power.

ProLumin, of Metairie, designed and installed the system, in which 4-by-8-foot solar panels on top of poles in the campus parking lots capture energy from the sun’s rays. The energy is stored in a battery pack that stores enough energy for multiple days of power in the event of inclement or overcast weather. The bulbs are low-wattage LED lights with a long life expectancy.

By switching to a solar system, there was no need to excavate the parking lots to install new electrical wiring and erect new poles. The new system required no below-ground work, which saved a tremendous amount of time and money.

The solar lighting system removes parking lot lighting from the college’s utility grid, which is projected to save Delgado approximately $30,000 per year.