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Achieving the Dream

At Delaware County Community College, we’re here to help you succeed.

For that reason, the College offers a wide range of programs designed to give you the support you need to reach your educational and career goals. One of the most important of these programs is Achieving the Dream, a national effort aimed at helping community college students succeed.

But this is just one of many College programs focused on your success. You can also take advantage of our college planning services, personal counseling, career counseling and the many services of our Office of Student Success & First-Year Experience.

We encourage you to make the most of these resources. They’re all here to serve you and help you succeed – not just in your studies here at the College, but also in the next stages of your education and career.


Achieving the Dream

Delaware County Community College is a proud partner in Achieving the Dream, a national effort that brings community colleges and other organizations together in pursuit of an important objective: helping more community college students succeed.

Achieving the Dream was created to help community college students complete courses, earn degrees and certificates, and transfer to four-year schools to continue their studies. This national initiative focuses on student groups that have faced the greatest barriers to success, including low-income students and minorities.

As an Achieving the Dream school, the College has launched a number of programs aimed at helping its students succeed, especially those who need added help preparing for college and reaching their goals.


Progression & Completion

First-Year Experience Program
Dual Enrollment retention initiative
Implementation of structured academic pathways Implementation of one-year course registration
Plan Ahead tool for one-year planning
Course flexibility: 15, 12, 7, & 6 week sessions Acceleration initiatives for Math, English, Reading No cost Math review course
No cost Reading review course
Pairing counselors, divisions & reading faculty Transfer Check progress and bridge to transfer partners
Degree Works progress, completion planning Starfish - early alerts and communication
4DX college wide retention & completion initiatives Canvas - faculty engagement with students
IPASS community member, transform advising

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Black student orientation
Men of Color support organization
Peer mentoring program
Expansion of Financial Aid
Black student retention program
College-wide diversity promoting programming
College Safe Space initiative
Support and encourage participation in clubs Embedding diversity, equity, inclusion in processes Professional development workshops

Outreach, Connection & Onboarding

High School Dual Enrollment Recruiting Shared Developmental Curriculum High School
Target X Onboarding Technology
First-Year Experience Program
Mandatory Student Orientation Partnerships with four year institutions New communication plan Council of Institutional Effectiveness