A Brief History
Louisiana Delta Community College is an open-admissions college offering two-year degree programs, certificates, and courses for personal or professional growth.
The Louisiana Legislature created Louisiana Delta Community College through Act 1369 of the 1997 Regular Session and Act 151 of the 1998 First Extraordinary Session in the area of the Monroe Regional Planning and Economic Development District, an area in Northeast Louisiana covering the Mississippi Delta. The institution is managed by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) with Dr. Randy Esters serving as the current Chancellor. LDCC held its inaugural semester of classes in Fall 2001 and became accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees in Summer 2009.
Beginning with the fall semester of 2001, LDCC was housed on the campuses of neighboring institutions. A newly constructed, permanent home was completed on Millhaven Road in June 2010. Sitting on just under 70 acres of land, the main building, named the Louisiana Purchase Building, stands complete with 128,000 sq. ft. When determining the name of the new campus building, the thought was to have it reflect the history and tradition of the state. Surprisingly, to purchase the land for the new construction, the state faced problems that led all the way back to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. It took many months, but the pertinent document needed to resolve the issue of land ownership was found in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Someone said jokingly that the building should be named The Louisiana Purchase Building to reflect the difficulty surrounding the purchase; however, after the laughter subsided, it was deemed the perfect name. The Advanced Technology Center proudly resides beside the Louisiana Purchase Building with 28,000 sq. ft. Students began classes with the Fall 2010 semester on a campus they could finally call home.
Further changes were to come for LDCC. In July 2010, the first change came with a merger with Louisiana Technical College at Tallulah and Louisiana Technical College at Lake Providence. The second round of mergers came in July 2012. At that time, LDCC merged with the five campuses of Northeast Louisiana Technical College –Bastrop, Farmerville, Ruston, West Monroe, and Winnsboro—along with LiteracyLINC, the adult education program. The college’s name remained Louisiana Delta Community College with each specific campus designated by city location. LiteracyLINC came under the Workforce Development program, and its name became DeltaLINC. Eventually, campus offerings ceased in Farmerville, and a new campus in Jonesboro opened. LDCC hosted two groundbreaking ceremonies for the renovation and expansion of the Winnsboro Campus and for the new Jonesboro Campus on May 15, 2015. The two facilities were a part of Act 360 of the 2013 Legislative Session that authorized financing of capital improvements for 29 projects for Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges.
In the fall of 2016, LDCC began finding solid roots in servicing business and industry across its jurisdiction and even the state. The movement resulted in valuable partnerships for both LDCC students and the communities served. This momentum predicated on early adoption of rebranding efforts meant to launch in time for its 20th anniversary in 2021.
In April of 2018, LDCC officially announced the adoption of a new logo and new college colors. The burgundy and silver colors were retired to the “Legacy Collection,” and Delta Blue and Pewter replaced them as the new official college colors. DeltaLINC also received a rebranding with its name change of Center for Adult Development.
While “how” business is done at LDCC continues to change with the evolution of technology and thought, serving students remains the priority of the college. LDCC ensures that students can start here and go anywhere.
CHANCELLORS SINCE FOUNDING
Dr. Lynn Kreider (2001-2005)
Dr. Luke P. Robins (2006-2012)
Dr. Barbara M. Hanson (2013-2016)
Mr. W. Dennis Epps (2016-2020)
Dr. Scott Rule (2021)
Dr. Randy Esters (2021-present)
Louisiana Delta Community College, an open-admissions, comprehensive community college, provides the citizens of northeast Louisiana with affordable and accessible high quality educational programs, services, and modern workforce training. Supported by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, a dedicated faculty and staff fulfill this mission through their commitment to student achievement, academic excellence, lifelong learning, and the use of current technology.
Louisiana Delta Community College maintains an educational environment that promotes integrity and critical inquiry in students, encourages the achievement of students’ full potential, fostering within them a keen desire for lifelong learning in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.
Louisiana Delta Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates.
Questions about the accreditation of Louisiana Delta Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).