Delgado was recognized at a ceremony at the State Museum for "persevering and succeeding against great odds in improving her own quality of life as well as improving the lives of the many individuals who have been touched with her enthusiasm, her determination, and her zest for life."
Delgado has an associate degree in Security Administration from Hudson Valley and a bachelor's degree in Educational Studies from Empire State College. She was employed as an offset machine operator at the college from 1973 to 1982, as an academic counselor at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of the college, from 1983 to 1987, and as the admissions officer at the EOC from 1987 until 1995.
Through her outreach activities, she became involved with the New York State Department of Parole and Correctional Services in the development of a pilot release planning program that addressed the educational and vocational needs of ex-offenders within the Central Adirondack Region of the State Division of Parole. The program eventually grew to include all correctional facilities in New York State.
Delgado was active in EOC committees, including the EOC's Traveling Road Show and Community Resource Day. She also was involved in extensive volunteer activities throughout the Capital Region.
Delgado was recognized by Hudson Valley Community College with the 1981 Meritorious Service Award, the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2003 Fifty for Fifty Distinguished Alumni Award. She was an honoree for the 1988 YWCA of Albany Tribute to Women and was selected to attend the 1990 National Institute of Leadership Development, sponsored by the League of Innovation and the Association of Women in Community Colleges.
In 1992, she was recognized the Department of Corrections during National Volunteer Week for her dedicated efforts to give freely of her time and her talents to benefit those being released from prison.
"From her humble beginnings as the daughter of Spanish-speaking immigrants to her impressive resume that reflects a vibrant, purposeful life, Millie represents a shining example of what the Phoenix Award represents," Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Executive Director Dr. Lucille Marion said. "The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center is proud that Millie has been chosen to receive this prestigious award."
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.