Student Handbook

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Message from the President

Congratulations for wisely choosing to attend Delaware County Community College, where your success is our highest priority. For over 47 years, the College has offered high quality, affordable, and accessible education to students in Delaware and Chester Counties.

We are a growing, vibrant, learning community, continuously improving our facilities and technologies, and employing innovative new approaches to support your success. Some recent and ongoing examples include:

Student Completion Plan: This plan will help you complete what you start out to do, whether it is completing a degree or certificate or otherwise meet your goals. These approaches include:

  • Identifying in a timely manner potential barriers to your success through early alerts and working with you to quickly address them and provide positive feedback.
  • Increasing availability and use of programs to support your studies, including enhanced orientation, training for technological literacy, designing a modular student success curriculum, and requiring advising for certain subsets of students who are at or approaching critical phases of their education.
  • Defining clear pathways toward your goals by constructing individualized academic plans based on your needs, providing pathways to success and structuring programs to promote early engagement in your program of study.
  • Keeping track of your goals throughout your College career, recognizing when you achieve specific benchmarks, and motivating you to complete a credential, if desired.

Distance Education: The College recognizes that you lead busy lives, and that your college work needs to conform to those schedules. As such, the College is defining and implementing what is needed to create a virtual campus encompassing all courses and services to be made available to allow you to fulfill the requirements of degrees and certificates online.

Enrollment and Financial Aid:  After several years of planning, preparation, and cross training, the College’s new Enrollment Central was fully launched this year. Advisors can now provide you with a one-stop approach to admissions, financial aid, registration, cashiering, and photo identification card obtainment.  An Integrated Services Concierge is responsible for meeting and greeting visitors and connecting prospective and current students to the appropriate services.  A queuing system enables you to sign in at a kiosk, identify your needs, be given an approximate waiting time, and be alerted when it is your turn. When you are done, a survey solicits feedback as to the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the quality of service rendered, and provides the opportunity for you to request follow-up assistance if needed.  

Whether your goal is to pursue a degree prior to transferring to a four-year college, obtain the skills you need to enter the workforce in your chosen occupation, advance your career, or simply learn more about the world, you will find that the College offers the outstanding faculty, facilities, and services to help you succeed…and all of this for the region’s best educational value!

Should you have any suggestions on how we may improve your experience, please e-mail me at On behalf of the College, welcome. I wish you great success here at Delaware County Community College.

Dr. Jerome S. Parker

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