Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Perkins Services

Delaware County Community College receives federal funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. Administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education, the purpose of the Act is to strengthen the academic and career and technical skills of students who are enrolled in career and technical programs. At Delaware County Community College, Perkins funding supports a variety of opportunities for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students.

The SOAR logoSOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready)
SOAR is a career and technical education initiative that establishes statewide articulations between secondary and post-secondary education. These programs of study enable high school graduates in career or technical programs to earn college credit that can be applied to their continued studies at the post-secondary level. Statewide articulation agreements are currently in place for the following programs:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electro-Mechanical Technologies
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Information Technology, Interactive Multimedia
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Network Engineering
  • Office Administration
  • Welding

Assessment advisors in Assessment Services will provide assistance in obtaining credits from Delaware County Community College. For additional information, call 610-359-5322 to make a telephone appointment with an assessment advisor. Visit to see how your high school credits may be accepted by the College, and click here for additional information.


Improving the academic performance of students enrolled in challenging courses increases credential attainment and retention. At the College, tutors assist career and technical students in courses that apply to their programs. Tutors are available at all College locations.

Retention Specialists

First-year college students or students enrolled in programs nontraditional to gender typically have higher attrition rates than other students. The Office of Student Success & First-Year Experiences was created to assist students by easing their transition into college and overcoming the various challenges that first-year students experience. Retention specialists work with career and technical students one-on-one and in small groups to refer students to services and offer workshops designed to help students succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Perkins Employment Specialist

Located in the Student Employment Services & Co-Op Center, a Perkins-funded employment specialist provides intensive services to all career and technical students in credit programs. Services include:

  • On-site assistance to CTE students located at all college locations
  • Outreach to CTE students offering services in one-on-one or small group format
  • Resume development and critique
  • Workshops in interviewing and job preparation, job research and development
  • Assistance in job search, and access to specialized career fairs that target high demand careers

Laptop Loan Program

Students who are enrolled in career and technical programs are eligible to borrow laptop computers throughout the academic year. Access to this technology is an important tool in assisting students to be successful in their classes. The Laptop Loan program is coordinated by the Office of Student Success & First-Year Experiences.