Delaware Technical and Community College’s Terry Campus, located in Dover, is part of a four-campus public community college system in the state. The system was created in 1966 by the Delaware General Assembly, and the Terry Campus opened in 1973. The four campuses, in total, offer more than 120 programs leading to associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates. The Terry Campus offers more than 70 programs and easy connection to offerings at the other campuses in Georgetown, Wilmington, and Stanton. The system president resides on this campus.
About 4,500 students attend the Terry Campus, with about 20,000 in the entire system. Program offerings include Allied Health, Civil Engineering, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Education, Entrepreneurial, Information Security, Office Administration, Web Information Systems, and more.
The college features non-credit certificate programs for community members looking to quickly improve employment prospects in specific subject areas, such as Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Early Care and Education, and more. The college also offers an associate in arts program in conjunction with the University of Delaware for students looking to prepare themselves for further higher education studies beyond the two-year curriculum.
The college also operates a study abroad program, which is relatively unique for a community college. Offerings for 2012 include Russia, Belize, China, France, and Scotland. The Moscow program is an international and cultural immersion program, the Belize program studies cultural competency and health in San Ignacio, Belize, the China program is an international cultural and competency program, the Paris program studies art history in France and the Scotland program looks at criminal justice issues in that country.
In addition to academic studies, the Terry Campus operates the Corporate and Community Programs (CCP) program, which serves as an outreach arm of the college and encompasses a broad range of education and training initiatives that are developed and presented to meet specific business and community needs. The program offers a wide range of certificate and training programs designed to enhance jobs skills and qualifications, and also to assist local businesses in workforce training. The program also offers customized training for businesses seeking tailored solutions to workplace needs.
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The college has an open-door admissions policy, which means all students are welcome to apply as long as they are a high school graduate or have passed an equivalency test (GED), or they are at least 18 years old and can demonstrate and ability to benefit from instruction (this requires some simple testing). In-state students pay a significantly re-educated tuition rate and are asked to provide proof of residency to qualify.
All enrolling students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Scholarships are available for students and are generally reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic, or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of under-represented groups, who live in certain areas of the country, or who demonstrate financial need. The college also offers the SEED scholarship program for students who meet academic requirements and who demonstrate need. In some cases, the SEED scholarship may cover 100 percent of a student’s tuition.
Of the 4,500 students who attend the Terry Campus, about 95 percent are residents of Delaware. There is no on-campus housing, so all students commute either from home or from apartments and rentals in the area. Despite the non-residential nature of the campus, there are a number of clubs and organizations for students to join. These include the culinary arts club, the education club, Phi Theta Kappa, the student paralegal association, the campus debate club, and more.
The college is also known for its accomplished drumline, the Hammerin’ Hawks, which performs at Hawks sporting events.
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The athletic department operates a small sports program across its four campuses, with the Terry campus serving as home to the Fighting Hawks. Men’s lacrosse and soccer is offered in Terry, as well as women’s volleyball and cross country.
The Hawks play in Region XIX of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The college has boasted a number of All Americans, as well as All Region players in all sports in recent years. Their teams are known as the Spirit, and their colors are green and white.
Dover is the capital of Delaware and also the second largest city in the state, with a population of
36,047. It is located on the St. Jones River, and was founded in 1683 by William Penn. It was named capital of the state in 1777.
The Green, which serves as the city’s central square, was the location of numerous rallies and events during the U.S. Revolution, and is still the heart of the city’s historic district. It is also the location of the Delaware Supreme Court and the Kent County Courthouse. While Dover and the surrounding Kent County were divided over slavery, the city was a significant stop on the Underground Railroad.
The city is in one of the fastest-growing areas of the state, and boasts a low cost of living as well as numerous state jobs. Other employers include the Dover Air Force Base, Kraft Food, and Procter & Gamble.
It also is a college town, home to the Terry Campus, as well as Delaware State University and Wesley College, and as satellite locations for the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. Dover is also home to two NASCAR races each year, held at the Dover International Speedway. Uniquely enough, it is also the only state capital in the United States with a volunteer fire department.
The city has a humid subtropical climate, but swings in temperature are moderated by the Delaware Bay to the east, and partial shielding by the Appalachian Mountains to the west.
Accreditation is granted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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