Delgado Community College invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for the new annex at Delgado Northshore-Slidell, 320 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell.

In addition to increasing classrooms and labs by 50 percent, the annex houses faculty offices, a quiet study area for students and a Learning Emporium, a place to support multiple student learning styles. The annex also aids access to student parking in the rear of the main building.

“We are excited about our new addition and look forward to continuing to serve our community with high-quality education on the north shore,” said Ashley Chitwood, Delgado Northshore’s executive dean.

The purpose of Delgado Northshore is to provide access to higher education, as well as the necessary support services, to bolster economic and workforce development and enhance the quality of life on the north shore. The faculty and staff are working to expand programs and provide services that will make a difference for the community. A new Small Business Center is scheduled to open in August.

Dillard School of Nursing wins honor

Dillard University’s School of Nursing was honored for the second year as Best Nursing Program during the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Media Awards held at Dillard on July 11.

The university also garnered the award for Best Female Alumnus, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, and President Walter Kimbrough was selected as HBCU Male President of the Year.

Founded in 1942, Dillard’s School of Nursing has graduated both black and white and both male and female nurses. At the time of its founding, it was the only collegiate nursing school open to African-Americans in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. In 1952, it became the first accredited nursing program in Louisiana.

From 1932 to 1983, Dillard operated Flint-Goodridge Hospital, where thousands of student nurses trained. Today, Dillard’s School of Nursing is based in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, which opened in 2010.