DCCC Receives Funding for Campus in Upper Darby 

(Oct. 20)— The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved funding for a new DCCC Southeast Campus on the site of the former Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby Township. 

The estimated cost of the project is $66.5 million, with D.O.E. providing 50% of the annual expense. DCCC President Dr. Gates Black, said, “This state funding will significantly help Delaware County Community College transform the former high school into a community-empowering, education and training campus that will benefit the region.” 

The Southeast Campus will be on 7.5-acres of the approximately 30-acre property. It will be a full-service campus that will feature educational and training programs in early childhood education, culinary arts, health care, advanced manufacturing, bio-medical technology, skilled trades and other emerging career fields. 

The new Campus will include the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), operated by the YMCA of Eastern Delaware County. It will serve as a learning lab for students enrolled in the College’s early childhood education program. The ECLC will be able to accommodate 140+ children, providing childcare to students and residents. 

In addition, the College plans to build its a hospitality center that will feature state-of-the-art kitchens to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the hospitality management and culinary arts fields. It will also include a Center for Workforce Development and Community Success dedicated to workforce training leading to associate degrees and short-term certificates. 

Dr. Black said, “We are the community’s college. By offering a variety of cutting-edge educational and training programs in an easily accessible location, Delaware County Community College will strengthen its mission of providing equitable access for years to come.” 

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