The Single Stop office at Delgado Community College has achieved a 97% confirmation rate for the quarter ending December 2015. The confirmation rate measures the success of the office at providing services to those who apply and qualify for benefits. This is a record high across all Single Stop college partners nationally and a 79% and 50% increase at Delgado over the same time period in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Of the 12 million students enrolled in community college, half drop out. Many do so because of financial barriers. Completing school is not merely an educational achievement, but leads to better jobs and a more secure financial future. The unemployment rate for those with an associate’s degree is just over 4%. Early reports show that Single Stop can increase retention by double digits, helping families, increasing the skilled labor force and growing the national economy.
One of the largest higher education institutions in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction at eight locations in the Greater New Orleans region, serving more than 30,000 students each semester.
The recently opened Delgado food pantry is playing a major role in the success of Delgado Single Stop. In addition to receiving donations from the college’s faculty, staff and students, the pantry works with Second Harvest of New Orleansto provide food for needy Delgado students and their dependents. Second Harvest distributes commodities to eligible, needy families. It is the largest charitable anti-hunger network in Louisiana.
Since October 2015, with assistance from Single Stop, the Delgado food pantry has helped more than 270 students and their families. On the first Friday of each month, they come to the food pantry in the Student Services Center to collect basics including vegetables, fruit, breakfast items and a variety of staples.
“The Single Stop program, especially the food pantry, has added a new level of support for our students. I was initially very surprised at the need for this service,” said Dr. Arnel W. Cosey, vice chancellor for student affairs at Delgado and executive dean of the City Park Campus. “I am extremely grateful to Gilda and her team, as well as the students, faculty and staff for the incredible support they’ve provided.”