The college was one of 14 higher education institutions statewide to receive one of the tech grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The grants were awarded recently to educational institutions that have demonstrated a track record of training and placing adult students into occupations that are in high demand by local employers, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The maximum grant award was $200,000; the college received $199,465. Preference was given to tech programs that benefit the manufacturing industry.
“These funds provide for equipment purchases and upgrades to provide adult students with industry-relevant training to better meet the needs of local employers,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a press release. “The grants also allow local colleges and career and technical institutions to increase training capacity for in-demand programs to close the skills gap for local manufacturers in high-priority occupations.”
Delaware County Community College plans to use its grant to purchase six pieces of equipment to strengthen its Process Control Technology certificate program. Process control technicians work in industries such as natural gas, oil distribution, food processing, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
The tech grants are part of a total $2 million in reemployment funds the commonwealth made available earlier this year to accredited, post-secondary career and technical centers and colleges of technology working in concert with their local Workforce Development Boards, which act as the fiscal agents for the grants.