Delaware County Community College News http://www.dccc.edu/about-us/news/rss.xml en Student Audra McLaughlin Advances to Live Rounds on NBC's "The Voice" http://www.dccc.edu/node/1103058 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact: Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—</strong>Delaware County Community College is proud to announce that Audra McLaughlin, a resident of Glenolden and a student in the Medical Assistant program, has advanced to the live shows on NBC television’s singing competition <em>The Voice.</em> McLaughlin is one of 12 contestants to make it to the live rounds and is on country music icon Blake Shelton’s team.&nbsp;</p> <p>McLaughlin, who began singing as a child, has been vocal about a learning disability that challenged her early in life. With the support of her family, she overcame her struggles and went on to begin college at Delaware County, where she holds a 3.5 GPA. She also has succeeded musically at the school, having won first place in the annual talent show in 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Delaware County Community College is such a great college,” says McLaughlin. “The school offers so many resources that I took advantage of, including the after-school program and tutoring sessions which helped me get through college. I’d recommend that any student start their career at Delaware County.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Though she has taken a year off to pursue her music career, McLaughlin says that the College community has continued to support her. Many of her classmates actively root for her on social media and within the local community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The opportunity to audition for <em>The Voice</em> began last April when McLaughlin’s vocal coach Melissa Daley (<a href="http://www.melissadaleytalent.com" title="www.melissadaleytalent.com">www.melissadaleytalent.com</a>) from the Let There Be Rock School—Delco submitted a video of her performing. Within two weeks, she was invited to give a private, industry audition in New York City before being selected to participate in the show’s blind auditions.&nbsp;</p> <p>During her blind audition in front of celebrity judges Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher, McLaughlin stood out with her breathtaking performance of Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel from Montgomery.” All four judges turned their chairs for her, but she ultimately selected Shelton as her coach. As she moved on to the battle and knockout rounds, she continued to dazzle with her stunning performances and beat out her teammates to keep her place on Team Blake.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Country music is what’s stuck with me since I first started singing, and it’s been such an amazing experience to work with someone I’ve always idolized,” she says of working with Shelton and appearing on the show. “I’ve already learned so much about myself as an artist and it’s great to inspire people that have had the same experiences as me.”</p> <p>To anyone following their dreams, McLaughlin reminds them of how far she has come. “Even if you’re struggling in school, you can become an A student and be on a show like the <em>The Voice.</em>”&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch McLaughlin continue in the competition on NBC. <em>The Voice </em>airs on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Learn more about McLaughlin at: <a href="http://www.audramclaughlin.com. " title="www.audramclaughlin.com. ">www.audramclaughlin.com. </a></p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/Audra_McLoughlin.jpg" target="_blank" title="Click to enlarge"><img src="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/Audra_McLoughlinthumb.jpg" width="500" height="335" /></a></p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:48:41 +0000 1103058 at http://www.dccc.edu Don't Miss Our Spring Open House on May 1 http://www.dccc.edu/node/1092100 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Contact: Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)</strong>—Join us for our Spring Open House on Thursday, May 1, 2014, starting at 6 p.m. in the Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media). Prospective students considering enrolling at any one of Delaware County Community College’s nine locations are invited to attend to learn about all that the College has to offer.</p> <p>You can get your education off to a great start by learning about programs, services and opportunities available to all Delaware County Community College students. Learn how to pay for college, how to get involved in athletics and other student activities and how to earn college credit as a dual enrollment high school student. Plus, you can learn more about transfer opportunities and hear about our special partnership with Drexel University.</p> <p>The College has nine convenient locations in Delaware and Chester Counties and offers residents of both counties a quality education at a great price. The <em>Philadelphia Business Journal </em>ranks Delaware County Community College as having the second highest associate degree enrollment in the region. With more than 60 degree and 40 certificate programs, there’s a program for everyone. Students looking to move on to a bachelor’s degree program can also benefit from the College’s transfer agreements with more than 40 four-year schools. Applying for admission is easy and staff members are available to help with the process. The College offers reasonable tuition, financial aid and scholarship programs.<br /> <br /> To register or for more information, visit <strong>www.dccc.edu/openhouse </strong>or call 610-723-4000.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:44:50 +0000 1092100 at http://www.dccc.edu College Wins International Award for Online Financial Aid Wizard that Can Save Students Money and Time http://www.dccc.edu/node/1092106 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact: Anthony Twyman</span><br /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Assistant to the President for Communications &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;610-325-2816</span></p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)</strong>—The College is the recipient of a 2014 Innovation Award from Ellucian, a leading software and services provider. Ellucian presented the award to representatives of the College on April 6 at Ellucian Live, a three-day event in Anaheim, California. Innovation awards recognize higher education institutions that utilize Ellucian technologies to improve student success, better serve constituents, and improve operational efficiency. Mercy College In New York also received an innovation award.</p> <p>At Ellucian Live, more than 8,500 participants from more than 1,300 higher education institutions around the world come together to discover new ideas, develop new insights, and design new approaches to help education move forward.</p> <p>“We are honored to be selected for our Loan Wizard technological innovation which simplifies and demystifies the often cumbersome process of applying for student financial aid,” Delaware County Community College’s Enrollment Management Vice President Frances Cubberley said. “We could not have done it without Ellucian and the College’s Office of Information Technology and Financial Aid Office working in partnership.”</p> <p>Together with Ellucian, the College created an online “Loan Wizard,” which walks students step-by-step, intuitively through the financial aid process. The wizard is the latest in a series of initiatives the College has implemented to decrease student loan debt, increase financial literacy and nurture student success.</p> <p>“The savings–both in money and man hours–is incredibly impressive,” said Jack Kramer, senior vice president, customer perspective at Ellucian, a Fairfax, Virginia based company.</p> <p>Since the Loan Wizard went live at the College in May 2013, the results have proven its value. In fall 2013, the College processed 63 percent more loans than in the fall of 2012, an operational efficiency that has enabled the College’s Financial Aid staff to spend less time on answering general information questions and more time on helping students who have complex financial aid issues.</p> <p>The wizard also encourages students to borrow more responsibly, without taking on unnecessary debt. “The College suggests that you borrow wisely and only take out the Minimum Loan Amount you will need to be able to successfully complete your courses,” the Loan Wizard online program cautions students. As a result, in fall 2013, the average amount borrowed per student dropped by 5 percent to $2,424, compared to fall 2012.</p> <p>Because many community college students are the first in their families to attend college, they often find the financial aid process confusing. Previously, loan experts at the College were inundated with questions and had to walk students and parents through the financial aid process multiple times. The result was massive bottlenecks in the College’s financial aid process. In addition, most students would accept the maximum loan offered regardless of whether their enrollment status, part-time or full-time, warranted the extra loan debt.</p> <p>Today, once students fulfill their prerequisite financial aid requirements, they can access the online Loan Wizard, which presents them with a minimum, maximum, specific, or most importantly, a College-suggested loan amount based on their enrollment status, their federal Pell grant eligibility, and the amount the College calculates it will cost them to attend. The final decision on whether to take a loan and on how much to borrow is left to the student, within the allowances dictated by federal regulations.</p> <p>The Loan Wizard has created other positive results for students. Because loans are processed more quickly and efficiently, with the help of the wizard, students can avoid class cancellation due to non-payment and are assured early on of having a seat in class. Receiving financial aid earlier also allows students to purchase the books and ancillary materials needed before their class begins. For the College, the earlier it can know the number of students who are enrolled, the easier it is to more effectively and efficiently plan for the number of classes and the number of faculty members needed to teach the classes.</p> <p>To create the Loan Wizard, Ellucian and the College utilized various software components including Banner® Financial Aid, Banner® Financial Self Service, and WebTailor Info Text, as well as services components including the Managed Services onsite Management and Banner Application Team, along with the Ellucian Action Line.</p> <p>“The education community shares a common goal–to ensure students attending higher education institutions receive a high return on investment to ensure future success,” Kramer of Ellucian said. “We want to congratulate … Delaware County Community College on their innovative approach to addressing their specific needs.”</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/04.06.14.Ellucian%20Award%20Delaware%20CC%20close%20up_1.jpg" width="500" height="333" /><br />Delaware County Community College is the&nbsp;recipient of a 2014 Ellucian Innovation Award for the College's&nbsp;online, student, financial aid Loan Wizard. Pictured at the April 6 award ceremony in Anaheim, California are: Bob Hardcastle, Executive Director of Enterprise Systems, Delaware County Community College; Ray Toole, Director of Financial Aid, Delaware County Community College; John Speer, Chief Executive Officer, Ellucian; George Sullivan, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Delaware County Community College; Jack Kramer, Senior Vice President of Customer Perspective, Ellucian; Mujtaba Talebi, Director of Web Services, Delaware County Community College.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:07:06 +0000 1092106 at http://www.dccc.edu SpectiCast Series Presents Verdi's "Nabucco" on April 27 http://www.dccc.edu/node/1090526 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact: Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—</strong>Delaware County Community College’s SpectiCast series concludes its spring 2014 season with an HD broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera <em>Nabucco</em> on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA).&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Nabucco</em> tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar, ancient King of Babylon, who went mad after proclaiming himself God. It is one of the most popular works in the history of opera and was Verdi's break-through in 1842. It features the most famous of all opera choruses "Va, pensiero," which is a tune known to more than just opera lovers. This is an opera of epic proportions and the staging presented truly conforms to this spirit: horses, pyrotechnical special effects and more than 400 participants take to the stage. The program runs 145 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission. The broadcast is in Italian with English subtitles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now in its fourth year, the College’s SpectiCast series brings the classical realm of music, dance and opera closer to home for residents of Delaware and Chester Counties. Each performance is produced using a state-of-the-art audiovisual system and is choreographed to capture the fullness of the orchestral performance and the intimacy of the on-stage experience. Performances are filmed live in some of the greatest venues around the world and then broadcast at the College.&nbsp;</p> <p>Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students and children. Tickets are available for purchase online (<a href="http://www.dccc.edu/the-arts" title="www.dccc.edu/the-arts">www.dccc.edu/the-arts</a>) and at the door 45 minutes prior to each show (cash only). On-site parking is free. For more information, please call 610-359-5266 or visit <a href="http://www.dccc.edu/specticast" title="www.dccc.edu/specticast">www.dccc.edu/specticast</a>.</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:09:37 +0000 1090526 at http://www.dccc.edu College Receives $20,000 Grant from Phoenixville Community Health Foundation http://www.dccc.edu/node/1081171 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact: Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—</strong>Phoenixville Community Health Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant in March 2014 to the Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation, the second in the current fiscal year, announced Kathleen A. Breslin, Executive Director of the College’s Educational Foundation. The additional $20,000 grant is indicative of a strong interest from Phoenixville residents in public safety and health-related majors. The College offers 17 programs in health-related majors and three programs in public safety.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“We are grateful that Dr. Louis J. Beccaria, President and CEO of Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, recognized the need for additional resources to support members of their service community,” said Breslin.&nbsp; For fall 2013 and spring 2014, 26 students were eligible for scholarships.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Foundation’s scholarship program was launched in 2005 when the College was expanding into Chester County. Currently, 25 percent of the College’s enrollment resides in Chester County. Because residents of non-sponsoring school districts (all of Chester County) pay twice the tuition of Delaware County’s sponsoring school districts, the Foundation stepped up to offset tuition for Phoenixville area residents by providing one-half of their tuition.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To date, the Foundation has assisted 322 students with one-half tuition, for a total of $215,000. In keeping with the mission of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation to improve the health and quality of life in the community it serves, scholarships are restricted exclusively to health and public safety majors, added Breslin. This definition encompasses prevention and education and requires that the Foundation, through its grant making and community efforts, serve to improve the quality of life of the community.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/DSC_4508_1.jpg" width="480" height="320" /><br />Dr. Louis J. Beccaria, President and CEO of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, congratulates scholarship winners (from left) Margaret Gmuca, Ashley Williams and Michael Holmes at the Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation annual scholarship dinner.</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:40:26 +0000 1081171 at http://www.dccc.edu Become Financially Savvy During Money Smart Week April 7-11 http://www.dccc.edu/node/1081166 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—</strong>Learn everything you need to know about managing your finances during Money Smart Week from April 7 to 11, 2014. Delaware County Community College is participating in this nationwide event by offering free workshops and seminars on financial literacy. All events are open to the public and will be held at the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA).&nbsp;</p> <p>Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Learn more at: <a href="http://www.moneysmartweek.org. " title="www.moneysmartweek.org. ">www.moneysmartweek.org. </a></p> <p>The College’s programming will cover a range of topics, including making money while in school, protecting yourself from identity theft, multi-level marketing companies and more. To view the full schedule of events, visit <a href="http://libguides.dccc.edu/money" title="http://libguides.dccc.edu/money">http://libguides.dccc.edu/money</a>.</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:05:33 +0000 1081166 at http://www.dccc.edu Two Students Recognized by National Honor Society and State Education Group for Academic and Civic Achievements http://www.dccc.edu/node/1082726 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact: Anthony Twyman<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Assistant to the President for Communications &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;610-325-2816</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—</strong>Students Heather Welsh of Springfield and Sandra Lewis of Prospect Park were recognized Monday by the Phi Theta Kappa honor society of two-year colleges and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges for academic achievement and volunteerism in the community.</p> <p>Welsh and Lewis were among 45 scholars from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges honored on March 31 at the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges’ annual banquet at the Radisson Harrisburg hotel in Camp Hill, PA. The scholars were named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, which requires students to maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average and to be ready to graduate with an associate’s degree.</p> <p>The title of All-Pennsylvania Scholar comes with a full-tuition scholarship for up to two years at one of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Welsh also received an additional honor. She was named one of only 50 Coca-Cola Silver scholars from across the nation. Each silver scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a medallion from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Gold, silver and bronze scholars also will be recognized on April 25 at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p><strong>Heather Welsh, 39</strong>, <strong>of Springfield</strong> has earned an Associate of Arts degree from the College and plans to transfer to a four-year school later this year to study sociology. Among the schools she is considering is the University of Pennsylvania, which has accepted her for the fall semester. Her long-term goal is to earn a master’s degree and become a university professor, studying and teaching cultural sociology.</p> <p>For Welsh it was not an easy path to the All-Pennsylvania team. She juggled her studies with family responsibilities and work outside the home. Welsh is married and has a 10-year-old son. She also is employed as a home health aide for a disabled client. In the 1990s, Welsh dropped out of high school. Later, she earned her GED and enrolled at Delaware County Community College, but she left after flunking five courses. “I had a few skeletons in my academic closet,” she said. In 2011, determined not to be defined by failures, she re-enrolled at the College. This time she succeeded. In less than a year, she blossomed from academic probation to honor student. As vice president of service for the College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she also found time to lead a variety of community service projects.</p> <p>One of Welsh’s proudest moments was when her work was included in a ground-breaking report done by the Philadelphia-based Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Welsh’s role in the report was interviewing 20 immigrants as part of an off-campus, service-learning project for her Communications Across Cultures class. Her work was used in the Center’s report entitled, “Digital Diaspora: First-Ever Survey Reveals How Local Immigrants are Using Mobile Technology.”</p> <p><strong>Sandra Lewis, 26</strong>, <strong>of Prospect Park</strong> has earned an Associate of Science degree and plans to transfer to a four-year school to attain a bachelor’s in Licensed Social Work. Lewis then plans to explore pursuing a master’s degree toward her goal of becoming a social worker. Ultimately, she hopes to use her love for animals and her academic credentials to conduct a program that utilizes pet therapy to help prison inmates.</p> <p>Like Welsh, Lewis also has faced her share of obstacles. Lewis opted to enroll in a cyber-charter high school after being bullied in middle school. After graduating from high school, she continued her education by earning a veterinary assistant certificate online, while working at a veterinary hospital, where she is currently employed and has worked for more than eight years.</p> <p>Overcoming the social anxiety that resulted from the bullying was not easy. But Lewis was inspired by her late grandmother, Lorraine McGlinn, who although paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair due to a car accident, started a non-profit group to advocate for people with disabilities. “I grew up with people who had vision impairments, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, autism, brain damage and Down Syndrome,” she said.</p> <p>“I attended wheelchair basketball games and watched my grandmother dance with her ‘Square Wheels’ dance troupe. My grandmother was very active in the community and lobbied for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Through this exposure, I became a very non-judgmental person,” she said. “I am going into social work because I have also experienced pain and would like to use the skills I have developed as a result of my grandmother.”</p> <p>Delaware County Community College’s online classes allowed Lewis to ease into college life. Gradually, she worked her way up to not only attending full-time classes at the Marple Campus, but becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the president of the College’s Human Services Club. As Human Services Club president, Lewis has increased the club’s membership and led many community service projects, including an on-campus Human Service and Women’s Resource fair with more than 16 agencies in attendance.</p> <p><strong>About All-Pennsylvania</strong></p> <p>The All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Awards program recognizes community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated commitment to their communities. For 20 years, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has joined Phi Theta Kappa to honor students who have been nominated by their colleges to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is an advocacy association consisting of community college presidents, trustees and college administrators.</p> <p>Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Academic Team scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally and internationally at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.</p> <p>Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted into the society since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/03.14.All%20PA%20Student%20Heather%20Welsh_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/Heather-Welshthumb.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" width="250" height="375" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/03.14.All%20PA%20Student%20Sandra%20Lewis_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/about-us/news-and-information/Sandra-Lewisthumb.jpg" alt="Click to enlarge" width="250" height="375" /></a><br />Delaware County Community College students Heather Welsh (left) of Springfield and Sandra Lewis of Prospect Park were among 45 scholars statewide honored March 31 by the <font face="Segoe UI" style="font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 18px;">Phi Theta Kappa honor society of two-year colleges and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges at the </font>Annual All-Pennsylvania Awards banquet at the Radisson Harrisburg Hotel in Camp Hill, PA.&nbsp;All-PA students&nbsp;are eligible to receive&nbsp;a full-tuition scholarship to one of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.&nbsp;Welsh also achieved the distinction of being&nbsp;selected to be one of only 50 Coca-Cola Silver Scholars nationwide.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:08:38 +0000 1082726 at http://www.dccc.edu New Music Concert Series Presents Mélomanie http://www.dccc.edu/node/1076426 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)</strong>—Delaware County Community College’s New Music Concert Series continues its spring season with a performance by Mélomanie on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in the College’s Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA).</p> <p>Mélomanie, which means music mania, connects audiences, composers and performers through concerts that pair early and contemporary music. To connect the music of the Baroque period with contemporary invention, Mélomanie's innovative chamber music collaborations feature works from the 17th and 18th centuries performed on period instruments as well as works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Mélomanie is: Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; Douglas McNames, cellos; Kimberly Reighley, flutes; Tracy Richardson, harpsichords; and Christof Richter, violins.</p> <p>Admission is $10. Purchase tickets online at <strong>www.dccc.edu/concerts</strong> or call 610-359-5266. Cash-only tickets are available at the door. Parking is free.</p> <p><strong>About the New Music Concert Series<br /></strong>The College’s New Music Series brings some of the world’s top musicians closer to home for residents of Delaware and Chester Counties. The series highlights the expansive musical experience available in the 21st century, presenting virtuosic and cutting-edge musicians from around the globe. The recently renovated Large Auditorium serves as the venue and boasts an enlarged stage, luxury seating, theatrical lighting, a surround sound system and all-new décor. Visit <strong style="font-size: 12px;">www.dccc.edu/concerts</strong> for more information.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:23:09 +0000 1076426 at http://www.dccc.edu Don't Miss Transitioning to College with a Learning Disability Offered April 17 & 24 http://www.dccc.edu/node/1065488 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)</strong>—Do you have questions about succeeding in college with a disability? Attend one of Delaware County Community College’s Transitioning to College with a Disability sessions to learn about students’ rights and responsibilities and meet with representatives from the Office of Disability Services. Students, parents and educators are invited to attend.</p> <p>Transitioning to College with a Disability will provide insight into the application process, documentation needed to arrange for reasonable accommodations and strategies to help students succeed. Representatives from the Office of Disability Services will also be on-hand to answer questions and address concerns. Choose from one of two dates:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px;">Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at the College’s at the Downingtown Campus (100 Bond Drive, Downingtown, PA)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px;">Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Small Auditorium of the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Drive, Media, PA)</span></li> </ul> <p><br /> Delaware County Community College is committed to student success and guarantees equal access to educational programs, services and activities to all qualified students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services provides support and accommodations for students, and special resources for faculty and staff.</p> <p>To register or for more information, call 610-723-4000 or visit <strong>www.dccc.edu/transitioning-to-college</strong>.</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:10:01 +0000 1065488 at http://www.dccc.edu New Music Concert Series Presents EN.D.E http://www.dccc.edu/node/1057730 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Tooker, Public Relations<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 610-359-5276</p> <p><strong>(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)</strong>—Delaware County Community College’s New Music Concert Series continues its spring season with a performance by EN.D.E on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in the College’s Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA).</p> <p>Featuring Katarina Widell on recorders and Patrik Karlsson on archlute, EN.D.E is an innovative and multifaceted ensemble with skill, boldness and new ways of using their baroque instruments. Together they’ve discovered and premiered Italian music from the 18th century and frequently commission and premiere works for archlute and recorder on tours in the United States, Japan and all over Europe.</p> <p>Karlsson is a strong proponent for contemporary music and has premiered over 100 chamber works. He’s played and participated in several radio and TV-shows and has held master classes and seminaries at educational institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music, Scengymnasiet and Kulturama in Stockholm, and Temple University and West Chester University.</p> <p>Widell is known for her great stage presence and challenging way of playing. Press reviews describe her as "a recorder tamer" and "master of the recorder." Her repertoire spans over one thousand years of western music and she is constantly seeking new repertoires and methods of interpretation. She graduated with high honors from the soloist diploma program at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.</p> <p>Admission is $10. Reserve tickets online at <strong>www.dccc.edu/concerts</strong> or call 610-359-5266. Cash-only tickets are available at the door.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p><p class="back"><a href="/about-us/news-and-information">Back to News and Information</a></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:15:57 +0000 1057730 at http://www.dccc.edu