Delaware Technical Community College Celebrating 50 Years of Delivering Excellence and Changing Lives

July 12, 2016
 Since 1966 when the College was established, Delaware Tech has been committed to providing access to an affordable, high-quality education that meets the needs of Delaware’s businesses and community and contributes to the economic vitality of our state. 

In its 50-year history, the College has graduated more than 46,000 individuals, and served tens of thousands more through youth camps, dual enrollment programs, workforce training initiatives and community education programs. The College has prepared nurses, dental hygienists, food safety professionals, auto mechanics, firefighters, police officers, teachers, welders, small business owners and a host of other professionals whom Delawareans rely upon in their daily lives.

About Delaware Technical Community College

On June 9, 1966, enacted by the Delaware General Assembly, then-governor Charles L. Terry, Jr. signed into law House Bill 529 to establish the Delaware Institute of Technology. The first campus, known as the “Southern Campus,” opened its doors on September 18, 1967 in Georgetown. In its first year, 367 students enrolled and attended classes in the former William C. Jason Comprehensive High School building. 

As the first classes were being held in Georgetown, plans were already underway to open a campus in New Castle County. A temporary campus opened at the former Blue Rock Shopping Center in Wilmington. Three hundred and seventy-five students enrolled in 1968 at what would be called the “Northern Campus.”

As plans were made to find a permanent location in northern Delaware, concerns were raised that one campus would not effectively serve New Castle County. On October 8, 1968, the board, with input from citizens and architects, opted for two locations to better serve the residents of New Castle. Thus, the Stanton location (1973) and Wilmington location (1974) were born.

The need for a campus in central Delaware was soon realized and in 1972 the Kent Campus was established.

Now, in 2016, the College is proud to celebrate the many ways it has fulfilled its mission including:

• Over 100 high-quality academic programs – more than half of which are nationally-accredited – designed to meet Delaware’s workforce needs.

• More than 2,100 industry experts serving on 84 advisory committees to ensure graduates have the skills necessary to be job-ready.

• Ninety-six percent of 2015 graduates are employed or continuing their education.

• Over 600 Delaware businesses and organizations hire our graduates.

• More than 200 articulation agreements with four-year institutions that allow graduates to transfer smoothly and economically as juniors.

• More than $5.6 million in scholarships awarded to over 9,000 students in the last 10 years.

• Nearly 70 percent of students graduating debt-free as a result of the College’s commitment to programs like the Student Excellence Equals Degree (SEED) Scholarship that provide the opportunity to every high school graduate to attend tuition-free. 

• Dual enrollment programs that serve more than 800 students from 19 school districts, giving students a jump start on a college degree. 

• Youth camps that shape career exploration and the college aspirations of thousands of young Delawareans every year. 

• $1.1 billion in income added to Delaware’s economy in 2013-14 as a direct result of Delaware Tech and its students, approximately equal to 1.6 percent of the Gross State Product.

Inauguration of President Mark T. Brianard

In conjunction with the College’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration, Delaware Tech formally inaugurated Dr. Mark T. Brainard as its fifth president on Thursday, June 9. The installation ceremony, hosted by Delaware Tech’s Board of Trustees, featured a procession of alumni, students, delegates from other colleges and universities, staff, counselors, librarians, faculty, administrators, past presidents, trustees and distinguished speakers representing Delaware Tech and the state’s high schools, colleges and universities, businesses and industries and the General Assembly. Governor Jack Markell served as the guest speaker.

Dr. Brainard, a proud graduate of Delaware Tech, was appointed the College’s fifth president on August 4, 2014. Previously, he spent 25 years in a series of executive-level leadership roles in the higher education, business, government, and legislative arenas in Delaware. One of his priorities as president is to employ his knowledge, experience and leadership skills to ensure that today’s students receive the same foundation and opportunities he received as a student of the College over three decades ago.

Delivering Excellence, Changing Lives

Delaware Tech has a rich history of being a part of the community with a focus on serving Delawareans. Therefore, a major component of the College’s year-long celebration is giving back to the community. College employees and students will be completing over 50 campus and community service projects throughout 2016 – one service project for every year of the College’s existence.

Delaware Tech employees completed the College’s first service project, volunteering at the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach in February. Since then, the College has completed numerous county, state and international community service projects. Delaware Tech nursing students, from the Terry Campus Student Nurses Association, collected 122 pairs of socks for homeless men and served dinner at the Dover Interfaith Mission, where they distributed the socks. Faculty and staff from the Owens and Terry Campuses participated in a Bowlathon to benefit the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club to support Milford Youth. And On May 12, President Brainard led a team of Higher “Edger”cators to rappel 17 stories for Special Olympics Delaware’s “Over the Edge” event. The College was the top fundraising team – raising over $7,600.

Visit the College’s 50th anniversary website to view the commemorative 50th anniversary video, alumni success stories and a timeline of the College’s history. Alumni are encouraged to share their story through the website. Students, community members and friends of Delaware Tech are invited to join in the celebration by volunteering for a service project, visiting a campus or attending an event. 

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