Entering the College
AdmissionsDelaware Technical Community College has an open-door admissions policy limited only by the following criteria: a student must be a high school graduate or the equivalent, or at least eighteen years of age and able to benefit from instruction.
Before enrollment in credit courses, award-seeking students are required to submit proof of high school or equivalent graduation or demonstrate through approved means the ability to benefit from the College's instructional programs.
High School Graduation And Ability To Benefit
Proof of high school graduation is required for award-seeking students who are applying for financial aid, the Student Success Equals Degree (SEED) Scholarship, and/or admission to academic programs with selective admission criteria (including competitive and wait list processes). The following proof of high school graduation is acceptable:
- High school transcript;
- Copy of high school graduation diploma or GED® credential;
- Letter from school district or state department of education attesting to high school graduation or attainment of GED® credential; or
- Secondary school completion credential for home school or proof of having completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that qualifies as an exemption from State compulsory attendance requirements.
As an alternative to providing proof of high school graduation or the equivalent (as described above), award -seeking students who are not applying for financial aid, the Student Success Equals Degree (SEED Scholarship, and/or admission to academic programs with selective admission criteria may demonstrate the ability to benefit from the College's instructional programs by earning at least the minimum score set by Delaware Tech for the College Board Accuplacer test or the Scholastic Aptitude Test, that is required to place the student in the College's developmental education courses. Continued enrollment is contingent on the student earning grades as required by the Academic Standing Policy and the Academic Standing Policy for Developmental Education.
The College's open-door college admissions policy does not mean that every academic program/curriculum is open-door. Students must meet course pre-requisites before enrollment and program/curriculum specific criteria for program admission.
Admission requirements for non-award seeking students (high school students, visiting college students, and adults who want to enroll in credit courses for personal enrichment and lifelong learning) are delineated in separate policies.
A high school diploma or GED® credential is one of the eligibility requirements for Federal financial aid. The College's Adult Basic Education program prepares students for GED® testing and/or to strengthen academic skills in preparation for college course placement.
Reasonable academic adjustments for testing are available for students with disabilities, which may include auxiliary aids and/or accommodations that do not alter a fundamental requirement of demonstrating college readiness.
College Admissions ProcedureFor admission to the College and for full access to services, applicants should plan to complete the admissions process at least 30 days before the first day of class. Applicants should review their selected program as shown in the College Catalog to determine if there are additional admission requirements related to their specific program of study. The following procedures for admission to any campus should be followed.
- Submit an Application to the College. Applicants can apply on-line (http://www.dtcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/apply/admissions), download a paper application (http://www.dtcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/apply/admissions), or contact any campus for a paper application.
- Request that your high school and/or college transcript or GED® certificate be sent immediately to the Admissions Office on the campus to which you are applying. Submit Advanced Placement Test scores from your high school, as well as Tech Prep verification, CLEP or DANTES scores. (See information above about this requirement.)
- Demonstrate College readiness in one of the following ways:
a. Take the Accuplacer test for writing, reading, and math.
b. Provide a copy of your SAT test scores.
Academic Program Admission Information
Delaware Tech is an open access college, but students must demonstrate academic readiness for college courses, satisfy course pre-requisites, and additionally be selected for admission into some academic programs that have limited seats and specific program admission criteria and requirements. Selection for admission is not guaranteed into these programs, which currently include Nursing, Allied Health, and several others such as Airframe Maintenance.
The academic programs with specific admission criteria, requirements and limited seats offer admission to qualified students through either a Competitive Process or a Wait List Process.
In the Competitive Process, qualified students are ranked on the basis of their performance in meeting admission criteria and completing admission requirements. Performance measures may include but not be limited to grades, course pass attempts, scores on national and college specific examinations, etc. Ranking is conducted each time program admission is open so a student’s chances of admission change in relationship to the performance of other student applicants. In this process, program admission is not guaranteed to any student.
In the Wait List Process, qualified students are placed on a wait list for program admission after they meet all admission criteria and requirements at the minimal prescribed level. In this process, all qualified students who meet the admission criteria and requirements are eventually offered a seat in the program.
Additional typical requirements for program admission and for employment include the following: satisfactory criminal background check, possession of a valid social security number and legal status to work, satisfactory physical examination, the ability to perform physical tasks, negative drug testing, and no record of abuse.
Academic programs with competitive or wait list admission procedures provide this information on their specific web page.
Programs with limited seats and specific program admission criteria and requirements may afford preference to residents of the State of Delaware. Delaware residency is determined in accordance with the requirements contained in the College's Residency policy.
The President of Delaware Technical Community College is authorized to establish enrollment quotas for qualified candidates by county for these programs which are offered in one or two counties and not offered in the other county or counties. At no time shall the quota for the campus offering the program be less than two-thirds of the entering enrollment.
Readmission To The CollegeStudents who have previously attended Delaware Technical Community College must follow the readmission process when they have not been enrolled at Delaware Tech for six consecutive terms including summer sessions (two calendar years). Readmitted students will be responsible for the current requirements of the program they are entering. Readmitted students will have a new contract year to reflect the current graduation requirements of the program. (Rev. 4/30/14)
Veterans And Service Members Readmissions Policy
I. Readmission Eligibility Requirements
Delaware Technical Community College students who interrupt their studies to perform service in the United States military are subject to separate readmissions procedures. Students who withdraw, take a leave of absence, or otherwise leave their studies at Delaware Tech on or after August 14, 2008, in order to serve in the U.S. Military, are subject to these readmission procedures if they meet the following conditions:
- The student served in the U.S. military for a period of more than thirty (30) consecutive days and provides appropriate documentation to prove such service to the Veterans and Service Members Counselor at his or her campus of enrollment.
- The student gave advance written or oral notice to the Veterans and Service Members Counselor at his or her campus of enrollment. A student is not required to indicate whether he or she intends to return to Delaware Tech upon completion of military service in the advance notice. Furthermore, the advance notice need not come directly from the student, but rather, can be provided by an appropriate officer of the United States Armed Forces or official of the United States Department of Defense. Advance notice is not required if it is precluded by military necessity. In such cases, the requirement for advance notice can be fulfilled by the student’s filing of an attestation that the student performed military service at the time the student seeks readmission.
- The student’s cumulative length of absence from Delaware Tech to perform U.S. military service, including all previous absences to perform U.S. military service and only the time the student spent actually performing military service did not exceed five (5) years. The five-year length of absence period does not include any service:
i) That was required, beyond five (5) years to complete an initial period of obligated service; or
ii) During which the student was unable to obtain orders releasing the student from a period of service in the U.S. military before the expiration of the five-year period through no fault of the student; or
iii) That the student was ordered to or retained on active duty.
- The student must have notified the Veterans and Service Members Counselor at the campus within three (3) years of the end of the U.S. military service of his or her intention to return to Delaware Tech. However, a student who is hospitalized or recovering from an illness or injury incurred in or aggravated during the U.S. military service must have notified the Veterans and Service Members Counselor within two (2) years after recovering from the illness or injury of his or her intent to return to Delaware Tech.
- The student did not receive a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or have been sentenced in U.S. court-martial proceedings.
Students should contact the Veterans and Service Members Counselor at the campus of their enrollment to determine their eligibility for readmission under this Policy.
II. Readmission Procedures
Students who meet all of the above conditions (“eligible students”) shall be promptly readmitted to Delaware Tech at the same academic status as the student had prior to leaving for military service.
A. Promptly Readmitted
Promptly readmitted means that the College will readmit the eligible students into the next class or classes in the service member’s program beginning after the service member provides notice of his or her intent to reenroll, unless the service member requests a later date of readmission in writing to the Coordinator of Veterans and Service Members (not to exceed the time frame outlined in section I.3). A later date of admission may also be imposed on the service member for unusual circumstances, such as the time period required to prepare the service member to resume his or her course of study at the College.
B. Same Academic Status
Same academic status means that the College readmits the service member:
- To the same program to which he or she was last admitted by the College unless the student requests or agrees to a different program. In the event that the program to which the student was last admitted is no longer offered, the College will readmit the veteran to a course of study that is most similar to the program that was discontinued.
- At the same enrollment status that the student last held at the College, unless the student requests admission at a previous enrollment status.
- With the same number of credit or clock hours completed by the student, unless the student is readmitted to a different program to which the credit or clock hours are not transferable.
- With the same academic standing (e.g. with the same satisfactory academic progress status) the student had at the College immediately prior to leaving for military duty.
College placement test fees and placement test policies may be waived upon a review of the veteran’s previous test(s) and submittal of military service documentation submittal to the campus Veterans and Service Members Counselor.
C. Tuition and Fee Responsibilities
For the first academic year in which the eligible student veteran returns to Delaware Tech, that student who is readmitted to the same academic program must also be readmitted with the same tuition and fee charges the student was or would have been assessed for the academic year in which the student left for military duty unless any increase of the prior amount is covered by the student’s service member educational benefits. Should that veteran be readmitted to a different academic program in his/her first academic year upon return, the student may be charged the same tuition and fees as others in that academic program. Likewise, in all subsequent academic years and for any program in which the student was readmitted, the member of the armed forces may be charged the same tuition and fees as the others in the student’s program.
If the veteran has an outstanding balance from previous year(s), the veteran must pay the balance by the end of the first semester s/he returns. If the balance is not paid by the end of the returning semester, then the College’s business office will place a hold on his/her account (and s/he will therefore be blocked from class registration) until the debt is paid.
D. Program Preparation
Should the eligible student’s academic department determine that the member of the armed forces is not prepared to resume the program with the “same academic status” at the point where the student left off, or will not be able to complete the program, the College will make reasonable efforts at no extra cost to the student to help the student become prepared or to enable the student to complete the program including, but not limited to, providing refresher courses or placement testing at no charge to the veteran. If a veteran requests reinstatement preparation, then student will be referred to his/her program advisor who will discuss available options and route the student to the appropriate academic department for possible program preparation actions. The determination of possible program preparation actions is decided by the academic department which offers the course. If program preparation is not deemed necessary by the academic department, but the veteran feels preparations are necessary, then the veteran bears any financial burden preparation necessitates.
The veteran will be awarded any program preparation at no extra cost for those eligible students who require such preparation as determined by the relevant academic department. This includes any additional fees (supplies and or books) that may be required for program. In the event that program preparation is completed through a course, the veteran should return to the Veterans and Service Members Counselor to coordinate costless course registration and book/supply purchasing with the business office and with the Delaware Tech bookstore. The veteran will not be charged a registration fee if the program preparation course is the only course the veteran registers for during that semester. If the program preparation is completed through a course and the veteran is receiving VA benefits, the course will be certified through the VA for reimbursement. If the veteran is receiving VA benefits but is not awarded VA benefits which cover 100% of the tuition and fees, the veteran will not be responsible for the remainder of the bill. The veteran may request that the course not be certified through the VA for reimbursement. In such cases, the student will not be charged for the course.
Once the veteran has met with his/her program advisor, the advisor will update the veteran’s Student Educational Plan (SEP). If program preparation is deemed necessary by an academic department, the academic department will note this in the veteran's SEP. The notation should include how the preparation will take form, evaluation of preparation results, and any dates by which preparation must be complete.
If the student does not complete the program preparation adequately within the amount of time designated by the academic department, then the veteran is then responsible for completing such program preparation without financial assistance from the College. This may delay timely reentry into the student's program.
E. Denial of Readmission
Veterans who do not meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the above are not entitled to be readmitted pursuant to this Policy. In addition, the College is not required to ultimately readmit the eligible student veteran on his or her return if:
- After reasonable efforts by Delaware Tech, the College determines that the student is not prepared to resume the program at the point where he or she left off.
- After reasonable efforts by Delaware Tech, the College determines that the student is unable to complete the program; or
- The College determines that there are no reasonable efforts the College can take to prepare the student to resume the program at the point where he or she left off or to enable the student to complete the program.
College CatalogIn addition to specific information on curriculum requirements and a course description, the catalog contains the history, mission, policies and procedures, and general information about Delaware Tech. The catalog is available online at www.dtcc.edu/academics/college-catalog.
Workforce Development And Community EducationThe Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE) Division provides a broad range of education and training geared to meet specific workforce development and community education needs. The Division serves its constituency through programs in four main areas: Conferences & Seminars, Community & Continuing Education, Corporate & Contract Training, and Workforce Training. The Workforce Development and Community Education Division is the outreach arm of the College, encompassing special projects not available through other instructional areas.
Delaware Technical Community College/University Of Delaware Associate In Arts Degree ProgramOwens, Terry and Wilmington Campuses
The Delaware Technical Community College/ University of Delaware Associate in Arts Degree Program is a liberal arts program primarily for students interested in areas of study offered by the University of Delaware's Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Agriculture and Human Resources. The program consists of University courses taught by University faculty.
A student may earn a University of Delaware associate degree by completing 60 credit hours of instruction in his/her area of concentration. A bachelor's degree is awarded by the University of Delaware to a student who continues at the University, completing a minimum of 124 credits, including general University requirements, group and major requirements. (Minimum credits may be higher in certain majors.) Admissions decisions consider the student's academic record, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, and recommendations from their high school. A student is offered admission and provided with an evaluation of total qualifications that indicate potential for success.
Financial aid is available to assist qualified students. Applicants must complete the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Form. Application is made through the University of Delaware Admissions Office. Applications are available at Delaware Technical Community College, the University, or at any Delaware high school guidance office.
Please visit the Delaware Technical Community College or University of Delaware Web sites at www.udel.edu or www.dtcc.edu for more information.
Distance EducationDelaware Technical Community College offers The Center for Creative Instruction and Technology (CCIT)
The mission of the Center for Creative Instruction and Technology at Delaware Technical Community College is to assist and inspire educational creativity and excellence.
The CCIT staff pledges to enable, educate, and support our academic partners as they combine their subject matter expertise with our understanding of instructional design and state of the art educational technology applications. Together, we will strive to design experiences that increase student performance, satisfaction, and demonstrate innovation in both face-to-face and virtual learning environments.
The CCIT staff is available to provide the following services.
- Instructional Design and Technology Consulting and Services
- Administration of the Instructional Design and Technology Certificate Program
- Multimedia Consulting, Training and Production
- Foundational Technology Consulting, Training and Support
- Research Assistance and Support
- Special Projects
Blackboard 9 features a streamlined navigation system and improved course setup process. The latest version of Blackboard offers new and improved social learning tools such as blogs and journals, easier navigation, and other Web 2.0 technologies that allow for greater interactivity and collaboration. Blackboard 9 uses a Web 2.0 interface that allows users to drag and drop items that appear on the screen, select from drop down menus, and access contextual help.
Course content creation and editing tools are embedded throughout the course and no longer require the instructors to access the Control Panel. Instructors click on the Edit Mode switch in the top right corner of any Blackboard page.
All options in the Control Panel are available from the main Course Menu. Instructors have direct access to edit and organize the Course Menu and may use the drag and drop feature to change the order of menu items. Course Menu items that do not contain any content are automatically hidden from student view but are visible to the instructor while in Edit Mode.
In addition, Bb 9 has eliminated the separate receipt page that the user sees every time they successfully perform an action. Confirmations now appear on the same page on which the user is working.
File Collection and Exchange
The Digital Drop Box has been replaced by the Assignments Tool. This tool allows instructors to download all of the student files for a particular assignment in a single zip file. Blackboard automatically renames each student's file to include the name of the assignment, the student's username, and the filename the student originally submitted. There is a Group File Exchange that works like the old Digital Drop Box, for Groups only.
Blogging and Journal Tools
Blackboard 9 has a built in private Blog and Journal tools that allow students to create and share ideas with their instructors or other students enrolled in the same class. Both of these tools may not be viewed outside Blackboard.
Individual journals allow students to record what they are learning. These thoughts can be private between a student and instructor or shared with others in the course. The author and the instructor can add comments. Group journals allow groups of students to reflect collaboratively and comment on group member's finding.
Individual blogs provide each student in a course with their own area to share thoughts and work with others in the course. Students are able to receive comments and feedback on their individual blog from others in the course. Course blogs allow users in a particular course to share thoughts and work in a common area where all the students in the same course can read and add comments. Group blogs allow groups of students in a course to collaboratively post thoughts and comments on each other's work while everyone else in the course can view and comment on the groups' entries.
Instructors can now create any number of groups at once. Students can randomly be assigned to groups, manually assigned by the instructor, or asked to sign-up for a group themselves. Students can create their own self-enrollment groups, although instructors have the option of modifying or restricting access to the student created groups.
Redesigned Grade Center (formerly the Grade Book) Instructors can enter results, scores, percentages, and other forms of grading directly into the Grade Center spreadsheet. This inline editing process is similar to Microsoft Excel. Each grade entered into the Grade Center is automatically saved.
The Grade Center automatically records each grade's history. If an instructor or TA changes a grade, the grade history will show the new grade, the old grade(s), when the grade(s) was changes and who made the changes. Instructors can create "Smart Views" that categorize students based on selected criteria. This is helpful for courses that have been combined as instructors are now able to view students by section. It also works well for instructors who use TA's and want to divide the management of student grades between those TA's. The Grade Center supports average grade and minimum/maximum grade calculations. Instructors are now able to drop the lowest score easily. Instructors have the ability to create and print grade reports.
Blackboard Technical Support
To speak with a support analyst, call toll free 1-855-836-3517 weekdays 8:00 am to midnight and anytime on the weekends. Delaware Tech Blackboard Support Chat is always available, 24x7, 365 days a year by visiting https://chat.perceptis.com/c/dtcc.
General Educational Development (Ged) ProgramAcademic preparatory courses at the secondary level are directed to adults who have not completed their high school education. A GED® certificate is widely accepted by business, industry, civil service commissions and state licensing examiners as meeting their requirements of high school attainment for job eligibility and promotion. The Education Associate for Adult Education in the State of Delaware Department of Education approves courses. Please see your campus Course Schedule for a full list of offerings.
- Residency status is determined when a student first registers at the College and when reentering after an absence. Students whose in-state status (see items 3. and 4. below) changes will be charged out-of-state tuition when they re-register at the College.
- A student may have his/her residency status changed for a future semester's registration period if the student provides documentation that he/she has met the requirements in items 3. and 4. below.
- Students 18 years old or older are considered to be Delaware residents if one of the following conditions are met immediately prior to registration:
- Delaware has been their domicile and continuous residence for at least six (6) months.
- They have been employed (full-time) at least 30 hours per week in Delaware for at least six (6) consecutive months, or
- They were dependents of their parents or guardians, who met the Delaware residency requirements above. The student must have been a dependent, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, in the tax year immediately preceding the current College fiscal year. A copy of IRS Form 1040 or Form 1040A, or a state income tax return showing the student is a dependent, is the only acceptable documentation.
- Students who are minors (under 18 years old) are considered to be Delaware residents if their parent or guardian meet one of the following conditions immediately prior to registration:
- Delaware has been their domicile and continuous residence for at least six (6) months, or
- They have been employed full-time in Delaware for at least six (6) consecutive month
- Conditions for foreign students:
- Students who are permanent or temporary resident aliens are considered to be Delaware residents if they meet the residency requirements in items 3. and 4. above. The six-month period of domicile and continuous residence commences when the student has received an INS Form I-797 indicating receipt of an application for such immigration status.
- A student who has sought the protection of the United States by applying for refugee, asylee, parolee or temporary protected status may be entitled to in-state status if such student otherwise qualifies for in-state tuition based on six months domicile and continuous residence in Delaware from the date of the applicable INS Form I-797 or at least six (6) consecutive month's full-time employment in Delaware immediately prior to registration.
- A student who is present in the United States and has an immigration status that does not require such student to maintain a foreign domicile as a condition of immigration status may acquire in-state status if such student otherwise meets the six (6) month domicile and continuous residence and/ or six (6) consecutive month full-time employment in Delaware requirement immediately prior to registration.
- A student with an F, J or M visa or who otherwise must not abandon or has no intention of abandoning his or her residence in a foreign country will not be afforded in-state status.
- Documentation establishing residency or Delaware employment shall be required for all new or reactivated students.
A. Documentation of residency shall require one of the following:
- Delaware driver's license or Delaware identification card dated at least six months prior registration.
- A copy of a Delaware Resident Income Tax Form in the name of the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom the student resides listing a date of residency at least six (6) months prior to registration.
- Copies of utility bills in the name of the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom the student resides for six (6) consecutive months prior to registration.
- A copy of a fully executed lease, HUD-1 settlement statement or deed in the name of the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom the student resides dated at least six (6) months prior to registration.
- Copies of bank statements in the name of the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom the student resides for six (6) consecutive months prior to registration and bearing a Delaware address (other than a post office box.)
- Copies of official documents confirming the receipt of any type of social service assistance from the State of Delaware or any political subdivision thereof (i.e. WIC benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.) in the name of the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom the student resides for six (6) consecutive months prior to registration.
B. Documentation of Delaware employment shall require all of the following:
- Pay stubs or other official written confirmation from an employer demonstrating that the student or the student's parent, legal guardian or spouse with whom student resides has worked an average of at least 30 hours per week during the six (6) consecutive months prior to registration. A letter from the employer on the employer's letterhead shall be sufficient.
- IRS Form W-2 showing payment of Delaware income taxes or a copy of any state income tax return for the immediately preceding tax year showing the payment of income taxes to the State of Delaware.
- Residency status shall be determined by the Registrar's Office at the student's home campus. Chief Legal Counsel may approve the payment of in-state tuition based upon documentation that is not listed in paragraph 6. when he or she determines that such documentation is authentic and represents proof of Delaware residency or employment.
- This policy is primarily for tuition payment purposes and is not applicable for determination of student financial aid eligibility.
- Implementation details for this policy may be specified in the College's Manual of Procedural Guidelines.
- Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in the State of Delaware are exempt from the six (6) month residency requirement and are considered in-state residents for tuition purposes.
In addition, military, civilian and contractor personnel and their dependents that are reassigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland from Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey on or before September 15, 2011, and chose to reside in Delaware shall be exempt from the six (6) month residency requirement and shall be considered in-state residents for purposes of tuition.
- Veterans or related individuals are exempt from the six (6) month residency requirement above and are considered in-state residents for tuition purposes so long as the student:
- Has a residence in Delaware (regardless of duration); and
- Receives Montgomery and post 9/11 GI Bill educational assistance; and
- Enrolls within 3 years of student's discharge after student serving 90 days or more on active duty; or
- Enrolls, using transferred entitlement, within 3 years of the transferor's discharge after transferor serving 90 days or more on active duty; or
- Enrolls within 3 years of an active duty Service member's death in the line of duty after serving 90 days or more in the case of Surviving Spouses or Children under the Fry Scholarship; or
- Remains continuously enrolled after initially meeting the requirements of this subparagraph and is using assistance provided under Chapter 30 or 33 of Title 38 of the United States Code.
- The foregoing is adopted to comply with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 in order to prevent disapproval of courses by the Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans And Dependents Of Deceased/Disabled Veterans
Delaware Technical Community College is approved for the educational training of veterans, qualified spouses, and dependents of deceased/ disabled veterans under Public Law 89-358. Veterans and dependents of deceased/disabled veterans interested in obtaining information and applying for benefits should contact the Office of Veterans Affairs at the campus they plan to attend.
Veterans seeking educational VA benefits for the first time must submit a copy of their Service Discharge Form DD-214, DD-215 or DD Form 2384-1 to the Office of Veterans Affairs and complete a VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits. Dependents of deceased/disabled veterans seeking educational VA benefits for the first time must complete and submit a VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. These forms are available in the Office of Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs issue a Certificate of Eligibility to the applicant as verification of entitlement. All veterans and dependents of deceased/disabled veterans must complete the College admission process before educational benefits can be received.For information about the Priority of Service Policy for Veterans and Eligible Service Members, visit the Priority of Service Policy (Student Handbook, College Catalog).