COVID-19 College Update

The College is open to assist you both virtually and at some select physical locations. Remote learning will continue through the summer and fall sessions. A small number of hybrid classes are offered with limited class meetings on campus and other work assigned online. Visit for more information.

Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Alumni News & Updates

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April 2020

Dear friends,

I hope you are staying healthy and navigating this unprecedented situation as best as you can. I write to bring you an update from Delaware County Community College.

In March, we closed our physical locations and extended spring break to give faculty time to transition their courses online. Classes resumed remotely on March 30, and more than 9,500 students are back on their educational pathways, many also juggling caretaking duties and jobs. College staff worked diligently over the past two weeks to deliver loaner laptops to more than 100 students who identified their technology needs, and staff continue to work remotely to provide tutoring, library, career, transfer and counseling services. The Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation continues to provide funds to help students through unforeseen financial challenges, and staff are reviewing a record number of scholarship applications for award in the 2020-21 academic year.

Registration for summer and fall courses opens April 8 for current students. National data projects an enrollment increase beginning in the fall, as those who are currently unemployed will turn to community colleges for affordable education and training for new jobs, and families may decide to keep their college-aged students closer to home during these uncertain times.

This is a challenging time for all, but I have heard from some asking how you can help, so I offer the following:

  1. If you are seeking employees, please consider hiring through the College’s student employment center:
  2. Please thank and support first responders whenever you can. Locally, the College trains a large percentage of our nurses, emergency medical technicians and police officers. We hold a strong sense of pride in our role as a leader in the community, and when a need for medical supplies arose, we were able to provide equipment from our healthcare labs to local facilities. 
  3. If you are able to make a financial gift, please visit There, you can support scholarships, student emergency aid and other College priorities. A gift of just $20 can provide internet access for a student so he or she can complete the semester from home.

I wish good health to you and your families and friends. If you need assistance, or would like updates on the College’s response to COVID-19, please visit There, you will also find information on local resources, including counseling services, food banks and more.

Warmest regards,

L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D.
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L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D.