Tuition Free Manufacturing Courses at DCCC

Attached are the Fall 2017 courses available for the Manufacturing Alliance’s exclusive Tuition Free Manufacturing Course Program at DCCC. If any of your employees needs or has an interest in one of these Fall 2017 courses, please call or email:


Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202
Voice: 610.359.5362
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Delaware County Community College Receives Nearly $200,000 Grant for Process Control Technology Training

(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • May 9, 2017)—The College received a nearly $200,000 state grant to augment training for adult students interested in pursuing technology careers. 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,” Governor 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 the College’s 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. The College worked with the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the College thanks WIB Executive Director John Daly for his leadership and assistance in obtaining the tech grant.

Delaware County Community College has a state-of-the art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Complex, consisting of the STEM Center and a free-standing 32,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Center with the type of high-tech equipment used in advanced manufacturing, as well as state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory space.

For more information contact:

Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202

Learn About Apprenticeships from Local Experts!

Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties (MACCDC)

Panel Discussion on Apprenticeships

January 11, 2017

The meeting featured a highly informative panel discussion on “Apprenticeships” and associated programs. The panel was comprised of seven highly experienced representatives of manufacturing, technical education and higher education, and was moderated by Ralf Weiser, MACCDC Chair and executive at Aerzen USA Corporation.

Panel Members:

  • John Shedga, Regional President, NTMA and President, M & S Centerless Grinding/Meron Medical
  • Clara Console, CEO, Choice Careers
  • Karen Kozachyn, DCCC Dean of Workforce Development and Community Education
  • Glenn Siegele, President, Omega Design, Inc.
  • Torsten Schimanski, Head of Learning, Festo Didactic
  • Kirk Williard, Director of Career & Technical Education, CCIU


Topics covered the following, (please see for details):

  • NTAP Apprenticeship (for purposes of MACCDC):
    • NTAP is a systematic, manufacturer-designed, STRUCTURED plan (Standards) designed for mentors and apprentices; it is a REGIONAL flexible, competency-based, (rather than time-based), APPRENTICESHIP training program. Combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning from an assigned mentor.
  • Current Career and Technical Schools and Community Colleges will align curriculum to NIMS, jump-starting high school graduates and career changers towards employment/apprenticeship.
  • Initial program: Machinist (CNC) Apprenticeship program includes 13 NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Credentials. Industrial maintenance and electro mechanical will be available during 2017.
  • The “Ascend” Program.
    • Offered by the Chester County Technical High School, this program provides career and technology education and real world employment experiences to students from 10th through 12th This program helps prepare students to move from classroom to worksite and further applied education, training and/ or apprenticeships.
  • How do these programs relate, and tie in with continuing technical education and degree programs. (See attached exhibit)
  • Benefits to Manufacturers: Companies build a highly-skilled and competent workforce, improve productivity and quality, reduce turnover costs by improving employee retention, and increase ROI.
  • Responsibility of Manufacturers: Manufacturers invest in incumbent workers and vet/hire new employees with focus on competency and future growth.
  • Benefits to students and parents
    • Opportunity for workers seeking high-paying jobs/Apprentices receive incremental wage increases/ leads to having portable industry-issued, nationally-recognized credentials that certify occupational proficiency/ May already have NIMS certifications and now have path to Journeyman status
    • If structured correctly, students could combine high school courses, college dual enrollment courses, apprenticeship programs and employer tuition reimbursement programs to achieve a truly DEBT-FREE DEGREE.
  • Issues Discussed:
    • What if I train my employees and they leave foe $1 more per hour?
      • If they leave for $1 more per hour, the company has bigger problems than training
      • “What if I don’t train them and they stay?”
    • Insurance risks of having minors on shop floor. Probably covered by the schools, as long as students are supervised and restricted to certain tools.

For more information contact:


Clara Console

President, Choice Careers

NTMA Liaison


Karen Kozachyn, Ed.D.

Sean, Workforce Development and Community Education

Delaware County Community College




Kirk Williard, Ed D
Director CTCE
Chester County Intermediate Unit


Advanced Manufacturing-related Training Offered by DCCC

Delaware County Community College continues to offer advanced training in manufacturing-related skills for your current and prospective employees.  For more information on three  exciting opportunities, please click on the programs below. include:

Electro-Mechanical Technician

Computerized Numeric Control

Process Control Technician

Scholarships and reduced tuition for MACC/DC member employees may be available.


For further information on the many other manufacturing-related programs, or to tour the College’s state of the art facilities, please contact:


Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202
Voice: 610.359.5362
Fax: 610.359.5054


DCCC’s FREE Electro-Mechanical Technologies Certificate Program

Funded By a Grant From JP Morgan Chase

Funded By a Grant From JP Morgan Chase

Electro-Mechanical Technician Jobs Are in Demand
Manufacturing employers right here in southeastern Pennsylvania are having difficulty finding a highly skilled workforce.


Not only are these jobs open and in high demand, they’re also high-paying. At Delaware County Community College, we’re prepared to train you for a career as an Electro-Mechanical Technician, so you can help meet industry demands right in your backyard.


Our Electro-Mechanical Technologies Certificate Program can be completed in less than a year and will help you transition seamlessly into a career in advanced manufacturing technology. Classes are available in Delaware County at the Marple Campus and in Chester County at the Exton Center.


• Align, fit and assemble component parts using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates and microscopes
• Analyze and record test results and prepare written testing documentation
• Install electrical and electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies using soldering equipment and hand tools
• Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams and technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly
• Repair, rework and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies and systems to meet operational specifications and tolerances

Gain Skills Related to:

Electronics Mechanical devices Instrumentation equipment Pneumatics
Hydraulics Industrial computers Sensors Automated Systems

Training Grants Available

Through the generosity of JP Morgan Chase, the Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation is pleased to offer training grants support to selected students choosing to pursue a program of study in Electro-Mechanical Technologies. The grant will complement any financial aid for which a student might be eligible, or meet expenses for students not eligible for financial aid. Regardless, the intent is to ensure students can complete the Electro Mechanical Technologies program for free. Training grants will be renewable for students who are able to make satisfactory academic progress in their studies. Right click here to Apply Now »

Certificate of Competency

The Electro-Mechanical Technologies program is designed to prepare students for employment as Electro-Mechanical Technicians who assemble, install, troubleshoot and/or repair mechanical, electrical and fluid power systems. The program includes instruction in electrical controls and programmable controllers, manufacturing and operational testing, as well as system analysis and maintenance procedures.


ELT 204 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers
IST 105 Industrial Systems Drawings Interpretation
MAT 110 Technical Mathematics I
MTT 108 Mathematics for Occupational Technologies
TEL 101 D C Analysis
TEL 102 A C Analysis
TEL 110 Electronics I
TEL 200 Electro/Mechanical Systems
TME 115 Basic Technical Skills


WEDnet PA allocated more funds to Delaware County Community College!!


WEDnet PA allocated more funds to Delaware County Community College!!

WEDnet PA are grant funds made available through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Delaware Community College is one of twenty-one partners of the program. While these funds are targeted for manufacturers, IT and Health care organizations there can be and have been exceptions. The money can be used for both technical and soft skills training. However, only Pennsylvania residents can be reimbursed for training.

Once again, the State has allotted Delaware County Community College more funds based on our performance.

Training can be conducted by the College or reimbursement is available if training is done by an outside provider.

The College’s Office of Business Training is ready to answer any questions and help your company with its training plan.

Call or email Michelle Wallace to get started. (610) 355 7146

Delaware County Community College Offers Lean Certification Program

Lean Certification Program

This 56-hour program is offered at your place of business or here at Delaware County Community College. At the end of this dynamic program your employees will be able to apply principles of Lean to the everyday business environment. In addition, they will enhance their team building skills and develop facilitation techniques that will ultimately affect the company’s bottom line.

Please see the attached link for more information: dccc-leantraining

Please call 610-359-5137 and ask for Frank Agovino for more details and costing.

Learn How the NTMA Apprenticeship Program Can Help your Business

Enrollment is now open for new apprentices in NTAP-CNC Machinist courses for the Spring 2017 semester.  Other apprenticeship programs will be added in 2017.

A Fact Sheet and Information Flyer are attached for your information, below:



Information sessions can also be scheduled for any interested companies.

To apply, companies and apprentice candidates must complete some limited application/ documentation forms.  Courses in this program may be eligible for the reduced tuition program offered by Delaware County Community College to members of the MACC/DC. More information about this reduced tuition program is available here:


Please take advantage of this new opportunity!!

For more information, please contact:

Clara Console
Choice Careers LLC

Advanced Manufacturing Career Training with DCCC

Please see the attached flowchart outlining the FREE or reduced cost training opportunities for MACC/DC Member employees or prospective employees that follow a path from:

  • Pre-employment (pre-apprenticeship)
  • New hire training
  • Incumbent/ Semi-skilled training
  • Incumbent/ Skilled training
  • Apprenticeships, (in conjunction with NTMA)

For further information, please see:     dccc-advanced-manufacturing-training

For courses eligible for this program for Spring 2017, please see:


Or contact:

Karen P. Kozachyn Ed.D.
Dean, Workforce Development and Community Education.
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063
Office T202
Voice: 610.359.5362
Fax: 610.359.5054

Delaware County Community College Receives $494,114 Grant to to create a series of advanced manufacturing micro-credentials

(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • July 18, 2016)Delaware County Community College, partnering with the Delaware County Workforce Development Board, has received a four-year grant totaling $494,114 to create a series of micro-credentials that align to the College’s advanced manufacturing program. The goal of the project is to develop stackable micro-credentials that demonstrate measurable skill gains and contribute to expanding career pathways for individuals with barriers to employment. The target population for participation will include out-of-school youth, adults with low basic skills and other learners with significant barriers to education and employment.

Designed by the College, the project involves the implementation of micro-credentials that are aligned to standards established by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), an organization that represents a stakeholder base of over 6,000 American companies. The purpose of NIMS is to support employers in developing and maintaining a globally competitive workforce. NIMS has developed skill standards for 24 areas covering the breadth of metalworking operations that are essential components of manufacturing in this region and throughout the nation.

Funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Innovation Fund, which supports projects that seek to design evidence-based program strategies to strengthen the American workforce. The overall project is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and represents total funding in the amount of $6 million. In addition to Delaware County Community College’s activities, the project includes six other Pennsylvania community colleges, their respective workforce development boards, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Adult Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

For more information about Delaware County Community College’s program, calls can be directed to Dr. Karen Kozachyn, Dean of Workforce Development and Community Education, at 610-359-5362.