Workforce Development and Community Education Division

Workforce Development

The College is a regional leader in the development and delivery of courses leading to professional certifications, certificates of competency and proficiency, and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Adding to these opportunities are our first-rate classrooms and laboratories housed in the new state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center, part of the STEM Complex on the Main Campus in Marple Township, or at our Pennocks Bridge Campus in West Grove.

The College's workforce development initiative is a continuous improvement system whereby we establish working relationships to provide education in the interest of economic development in the following areas:

  • Local, regional and statewide businesses
  • Industries
  • Government agencies
  • Four-year colleges and universities

The single most important concern of businesses looking to locate or relocate in a specific region is the region's ability to supply a skilled workforce and a continuous education model for employee retention and skills enhancement.

We are proud to be a part of the infrastructure that supports Delaware, Chester and surrounding counties with courses in automotive technology, carpentry, construction management and supervision, industrial production and mechanical technology, and certifications for electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers and welders. We also offer a host of non-credit classes for personal and professional development, and specialized training opportunities for businesses.

Our philosophy is that if this region is going to compete in a global economy we must provide the market with a highly skilled workforce with post secondary degree credentials. To this end, we are continuously developing courses and associate's degrees for emerging and incumbent workers. Delaware County Community College has become the institution of choice for delivering on-site, associate's degree programs for the existing workforces at Sunoco, PECO, UPS, QVC, and Wyeth. Many of our business partners offer scholarships to individuals interested in careers in technical education and public safety. Be part of this important dynamic and enroll in classes today.

Explore Your Future In Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Over the past three years, the federal government has invested more than a billion dollars in the advanced manufacturing industry’s revitalization. It’s resulted in thousands of new advanced manufacturing technology jobs that offer challenging careers and long-term growth opportunities. And most careers in the advanced manufacturing technology sector come with benefits and retirement plans.

Today, the average annual salary of an entry-levelmanufacturing engineer in the Philadelphia metropolitan area is nearly $60,000. And the average salary of a skilled manufacturing worker is more than $77,000 a year. In fact, manufacturing workers have the highest job tenure in the private sector and 90 percent have medical benefits.

At Delaware County Community College, we’re ready to train you for a job in advanced manufacturing technology. We have the resources you need to get started on a career in as little as a year. While you’re working, you can continue to take courses to improve your skills and further advance your career. Get started on a high-tech, high-paying career in manufacturing technology, right now.

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NEW! JP Morgan Chase Scholars Program

Through the generosity of JP Morgan Chase, the Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation is pleased to offer scholarship support to selected students choosing to pursue a program of study in manufacturing. The scholarship is intended to complement any other financial aid for which a student might be eligible, or meet tuition and fees in full for students who are unable to receive aid but have a documented need for financial assistance. Furthermore, the scholarship can be renewable for students who are able to make satisfactory academic progress in their program of study.

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Municipal Police Academy -- Training our Men and Women in Blue

As part of the College's charter, we have a long-standing commitment to public safety education and have one of the first and finest municipal police academies accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under legislative ACT 120. Delaware County Community College's Municipal Police Academy serves as a leader in providing local and regional departments with the most well qualified and prepared candidates. Learn more >>

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Programs Major Code Type
Advanced Technology, A.A.S. ADVT Career Degrees
Automotive Technology I, Certificate AUT Certificates
Automotive Technology II, Certificate AUTC Certificates
Carpentry (Finish), Certificate CPTC Certificates
Carpentry (Residential), Certificate CPT Certificates
CNC Programming - Lathe & Mill, Certificate CNC Certificates
Computer-Aided Drafting, Certificate of Competency DDTC Certificates
Computer-Aided Machining Lathe, Mill and EDM, Certificate CAM Certificates
Construction Supervision, Certificate CSUP Certificates
Electrical, Certificate ELT Certificates
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Certificate HVA Certificates
Industrial Production Technician, Certificate of Proficiency IPT Certificates
Industrial Systems Technology, Certificate IST Certificates
Machine Tool Technology, A.A.S. MTT Career Degrees
Machining Operations Level I, Certificate MTC1 Certificates
Machining Operations Level II, Certificate MTC2 Certificates
Manufacturing Operations, Certificate MAN Certificates
Municipal Police Academy, Certificate MPT Certificates
Plumbing Apprenticeship, Certificate PLB Certificates
Plumbing Technology, Certificate of Competency PLBC Certificates
Plumbing Technology, Certificate of Competency PLBC Certificates
Process Control Technology I, Certificate PCT Certificates
Process Control Technology II, Certificate PCTP Certificates
Skilled Trades, A.A.S. SKTR Career Degrees
Technical Studies, A.A.S. TSTU Career Degrees
Welding, Certificate WLD Certificates