School of Construction Arts and Technical Studies

In keeping with Delgado's Mission Statement, the School of Construction Arts and Technical Studies provides students with quality and relevant learning opportunities consistent with business, and the construction industry needs within a life-long learning environment.

School Highlights

  • ATMAE Accreditation
  • NCCER Certification
  • Autodesk Certifications
  • HVAC Excellence Accreditation
  • Cosmetology State Licensing
  • Barbering State Licensing
  • ASE Certification
  • Industry Based Certifications (IBC)

Message From The Dean

Cristina Alvardo-Suarez Headshot

Welcome to the School of Construction Arts and Technical Studies (CATS)! Our mission at CATS is to introduce students to the design philosophies, methodologies, theories, and techniques necessary to continue their education in the fields of construction arts, motor vehicle technology, cosmetology, and technical studies. 

CATS fosters an environment in which exceptional teaching and learning takes place. Courses adhere to standards established by national industry associations and may fulfill requirements for students transferring into accredited baccalaureate programs.  Students are strongly encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select appropriate courses for their selected program.

Our faculty are dedicated to instilling their knowledge, field expertise, and experience in their students. Program leaders are seasoned in their crafts and bring years of expertise to the classroom. Whether you are a dual enrollment, high school graduate, or adult learner, you will find that our programs prepare you to critically and analytically solve problems, while advancing your ability to procure gainful employment post-graduation.

We are proud to be one of the founding schools at Delgado Community College. For over 100 years, we have continued to educate and train the next generation of artisans in the traditions of building arts, motor vehicle technology, and craftsmanship in the Greater New Orleans area. We welcome you to be a part of this history!

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Our School Offers

  • Associate Degree Pathways
  • Certificates in Technical Studies
  • Technical Diplomas
  • Dual Enrollment Programs
  • Industry Based Certifications (IBC)


Contact Us
School of Construction Arts and Technical Studies

River City, 504-671-6700
Sidney Collier, 504-941-8518 

College Dean, Cristina Alvarado-Suarez:

School Departments

Department of Construction and Design

Alicia Zimmerman, Asst. Dept. Chair


  • Architectural Design/ Construction Technology
  • Civil and Construction Applied Engineering Technology
  • Electrician, Commercial
  • Electrician, Residential
  • Residential Construction Carpentry
  • Certified HVAC

Department of Industrial Technology

Jennifer Dupre, Chair

Alcindo Frye, Asst. Chair


  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Precision Machining
  • Welding
  • Computer Aided Design + Drafting
  • Small Industrial Electrician

Department of Service & Technical Studies

Donald Davenport, Dept. Chair, Motor Vehicle Technology

Larisia Jones, Dept. Chair, Barbering, Cosmetology


  • Motor Vehicle Technology
  • Esthetics
  • Cosmetology
  • Barber Styling