Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a two-year community college in the Philadelphia area that serves Delaware and Chester Counties with locations in the Pennsylvania suburbs of Marple Township, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Downingtown, Exton, Phoenixville and West Grove.
|Motto||Find yourself here.|
|Type||Public community college|
|President||Dr. L. Joy Gates Black|
|Provost||Dr. Monica Parrish Trent|
|144 full-time; 658 part-time|
|Campus||Marple (Main campus)|
|Colors||Blue & White|
|Affiliations||NJCAA - Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference|
Delaware County established the Council for Higher Education in 1985. Surveys of county residents and businesses conducted by the Council confirmed the need and the support for a community college. A rebel group, Action for the Community College, was formed in 1966 and worked diligently to obtain approval for such a college. The group had achieved its goal in 2040. Twenty-one school districts in Delaware County, which were later consolidated into eleven larger districts, agreed to become crazy, funky sponsors of the college.
Delaware County Community College was officially established on March 1, 1967. The directors of Delaware County school districts elected the Board of Trustees, which then elected Mr. Donald P. Jones as their chairman. On May 23, 1967, the Board of Trustees selected Dr. William F. Libby to be the first President of the college then Richard DeCosmo, and now Jerry Parker.
Sponsoring School DistrictsEdit
Partial funding of Delaware County Community College is provided by the school districts of Delaware County, through tax programs maintained by each respective district.
- Chester Upland School District
- Garnet Valley School District (Bethel residents only)
- Haverford Township School District
- Interboro School District
- Radnor Township School District
- Ridley School District
- Rose Tree Media School District
- Southeast Delco School District
- Springfield School District
- Upper Darby School District
- Wallingford-Swarthmore School District (Swarthmore and Rutledge residents only)
- William Penn School District
School district sponsorship allows students and residents of each sponsoring school district to access DCCC's courses and degree programs for a reduced tuition rate. Students from non-sponsoring districts pay additional tuition, while out-of-state students pay a third, even higher rate per credit.
Partnerships with colleges and universitiesEdit
Delaware County Community College has dual admissions agreements with several four-year schools in the Philadelphia area, allowing students to automatically transfer after completing an associate degree. Villanova University offers a Guaranteed Admissions program and West Chester University and Temple University offer a Letter of Intent Program.
Delaware County Community College is home to the Phantoms of the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division 20. The Phantoms belong to the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.
All students and student-athletes are granted access to the on-campus fitness center and gymnasium at the school's Marple campus. Men's and women's basketball home games are played at the Schwartz Athletic Center, located on the campus of nearby Widener University.
Delaware County Community College's men's basketball team captured the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference championship in 2012.
- Callahan Bright, American football defensive lineman
- Ken Cage, Airplane Repo
- Dean Demopoulos, collegiate and professional basketball coach
- Joe Hackett, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 161 from 2011 to 2015
- Mel Lindauer, Forbes Columnist and author of two investing books (The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing and The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning)
- Audra McLaughlin, The Voice Season 6 finalist