Adult Learner

Student Testimonial 
Bruce Preston, HVAC Student


Here are a few scenarios which might make you think about returning to school:

  • You want to move into a higher earning bracket and you’re confident a degree will help.
  • You want specific educational training to further your career.
  • You’re switching career fields completely and want training in the new field so you’ll be competitive in the job market.
  • You took time off while in school and now you’re ready to return.
  • You have some financial security but you’d like a career you’re more passionate about.
  • You’re interested in a field or course of study but not ready to devote yourself to it full-time.


Set Yourself Up For Success 

  • Understand how adult learning is different

“Adult learners flourish when their learning is connected to their lives,” he said.

They tend to thrive less when they’re expected to complete assignments that feel like busywork, with sparse applications outside of academia.

  • Prepare to seek support for skills that might have lapsed

“All students… tend to think they’re better prepared than they are,” Scobey said.

Don’t let that stop you from getting the help you need. For example, study or reading skills might atrophy with time away from school.

  • Pause before pursuing an online program

Taking classes online might seem like a flexible way to get a college education, but it requires more self-motivation and self-management than many people realize. The success rates with these programs are much lower than with traditional programs, with many online students taking six or more years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

 Ask yourself: “Will I thrive with isolated, self-scheduled learning?”

  • Don’t rush your timeline

Yes, it’s statistically true that if you spend six or more years in school, you’re less likely to graduate, but it’s still important to keep your schedule at a manageable level.

It’s better to take a few credits each semester and keep up with it than to overload yourself with so many school, work, family, and financial responsibilities that you drop out.

What Delgado Offers

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Caring and Experienced Instructors
  • Small Classes
  • English as Second Language
  • Workforce & Technical Training
  • Women's Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Childcare Center (City Park Only)
  • Free Tutoring
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • Transferable Credits
  • Veterans & Disability Services 

Type of Student

Students 25 and older can be any of the following type of student.  Please click the button that best describes you as a student.

A free, open-enrollment program that offers a variety of courses designed to help you to earn a high school equivalency diploma, get ready for college, improve your English language skills, or become prepared for the workplace. Click Adult Education link for more information.
A student that has never attended any college in the past - exception for a student who was enrolled in college while in high school. Click First-Time Freshmen link for more information.
A student who has attended another college an is now attending Delgado. Transcripts are not required to be submitted. Click Transfer link for more information.
A Returning Student is a student that has previously attended Delgado and came back after not enrolling for at least one major semester (Fall/Spring). Click Returning link for more information.
Delgado's Workforce Development and Technical Education Unit seeks to promote personal, professional, and economic development through initiatives designed to maintain a skilled workforce, and enhance the quality of life on local, regional, national, and international levels. Click Workforce Development link for more information.
The Office of Veterans Affairs strives to provide quality service to students at Delgado Community College who served our country in our Armed Forces as well as their dependents. Click Veteran link for more information.
Delgado Community College has been approved by Louisiana to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Click Fully Online link for more information.
Delgado defines an international student as one who is on an  F-1 or an M-1 student visa. Click International link for more information.

Student Resources

Delgado Community College offers a wide range of services to enhance your college experience and to help you achieve your goal of furthering your education. View a full listing of resources. 

Academic advising is an integral part of the educational process. Our purpose is to guide students to become self-directed learners and decision makers. View the advising page.
Placement testing may be needed prior to scheduling classes. Check the requirements.
The Answer Center is a central source of enrollment services for students. We offer assistance with financial aid, admissions, and general information related to the enrollment process. Schedule an appointment or walk in for assistance. View the answer center page.
Determining how to pay for classes is the first step in the enrollment process. Learn more about financial aid.