Over four decades ago, the General Assembly of Delaware voted on a bill to create an institution of higher education in ‘The First State’ (known as such because Delaware was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution). The first class of 367 students matriculated at Delaware Technical and Community College – Georgetown in 1967 and attended classes on the Southern campus in Sussex County, the southernmost of three counties in Delaware.
Since the year it opened, Delaware Tech has remained true to its goal of providing training for the professions of the future. Advisory committees consist of local leaders in business, government and industry and they ensure that the course offerings will prepare students for the labor market. There are now over 90 programs offered on the Owens campus, formerly known as the Southern campus, in Georgetown. These programs lead to certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in a variety of fields including applied agriculture, commercial transportation, education, engineering technology, medical assistant, and office administration.
The non-credit offerings can be divided into two categories. Many people select programs for personal enrichment and take courses in subjects including photography, yoga, and nutrition. Others obtain certificates or diplomas for business development.
In addition to providing two-year programs that lead to associate’s degrees, the college has transfer options that make it easy for students to move on to studies leading to bachelor’s degrees. These ‘connected degree’ options include agreements with the University of Delaware, Delaware State, Wesley College, Wilmington University, Widener University, and Salisbury University. If a student wishes to continue their studies at one of these universities, he or she first has to complete an application. If accepted, the student will be granted junior status, so that they have just two more years to complete before obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
Accreditation is granted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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Admissions are based on an open-door policy. The candidate must have completed high school or be able to gain from study at the school, and be at least 18 years old. Students who are applying usually fill out a FAFSA and also visit the Financial Aid Office.
In order to show their preparation for college, students may provide test scores from the ACT or the SAT, or take a college readiness exam. Students may also submit past transcripts from college coursework, or decide to demonstrate that they are prepared with a combination of this documentation.
Applicants should also discuss with admissions the possibilities for obtaining credit from things such as life experience or if they have received a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam. Once accepted to the school, the student may request that credit be granted in one of these ways or by taking special exams.
Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics and Athletics. Financial aid forms are FAFSA. Similarly, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Athletics and Minority Status.
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The Owens campus is one of four. It is considered the place where Delaware Tech was born because it was the first campus established in 1967. The Owens Campus has just over 4500 students, which is about one-fourth of the total number of students.
The students are overwhelmingly residents, about 95 percent, who benefit from in-state tuition because it is a public institution. The majority of the students attend classes part time because many students are employed while taking classes. About 60 percent are female, and the average age of a student is 26 years old.
There are many clubs and activities that enrich student life, including a jazz band, associations of different professionals, and an international club.
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The following sports can be found here:
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
- Women’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Scholarship Softball
Alumni play an active role. Their donations help maintain the tuition costs low for students, to ensure that it is possible for students from all walks of life to attend the school.
The most famous former student went on to become governor of the state, Ruth Ann Minner. A democrat, she governed from 2001 to 2009. She obtained her degree from the school while working part time jobs in order to support her family.
Delaware Tech has had some famous faculty over the years. One of the most well-known is the wife of current vice president, Jill Biden. She worked for fifteen years as an English and writing instructor, and left when her husband became a candidate.
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