Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Parker recognized on his retirement

as president after four decades of service at DCCC

Since Delaware County Community College first opened its doors in 1967, with 300 students, Delaware County residents have been afforded the chance to pursue opportunities in higher education.

In 1977, Jerry Parker arrived in the county with a vision that community colleges should offer the same advantages and opportunities of highly-selective universities to a wider audience. Four decades later, the college has grown significantly and now serves 27,000 students on the Marple campus and at various satellites, including a newer branch in Upper Darby Township.

At the June 7 weekly meeting, County Council recognized Dr. Parker on his four decades of service and his retirement, which becomes official on June 30. At the meeting, he was presented with a resolution, and joined by his wife Sue Parker, their son Zachary Parker along with members of his staff.

Dr. Parker came to Delaware County from Poughkeepsie, New York, where he worked at Vassar College. He started at Delaware County Community College, or DCCC, in 1977 as assistant to the vice president for administration.

As a result of Dr. Parker's vision, DCCC was transformed into a modern, state-of-the-art college which opened the STEM Center in 2010. Standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the STEM Center is a facility that has modern classrooms, advance laboratories and offers hands-on learning in the latest technologies. It is also a green building with energy-efficient systems, recycled materials and daylight harvesting. There is also an Advance Technology Center that providing training in carpentry, automotive, electronics, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, welding, and robotics.

Additionally, Council acknowledged Dr. Parker on his instrumental role in helping the college secure a $100,000 grant from Sunoco Logistics to help fund training programs for careers in the process control technology, which will help DCCC students secure jobs in manufacturing.

"Dr. Parker has served as a member of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board for many years and Council has been privileged to collaborate with him and DCCC to offer a wide variety of training programs that benefit those seeking employment and the employers looking for workers as well. His efforts help Delaware County as a community create and sustain a highly skilled workforce," said Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr.

Dr. Parker's dedicated to diversity was also acknowledged as he established a campus where the admissions door was open to everyone, whether it was a future engineer or nurse, a young person who has a GED, a mother returning to the workforce, a senior citizen looking to learn about computers, a veteran returning to civilian life, or working people who want to advance their training and education.

"Delaware County and its residents have benefited greatly from Dr. Parker's four decades of leadership at DCCC. He will be missed and we wish him and his family well in his well-deserved retirement," said Civera.

Delaware County Council honors DCCC President

Delaware County Council honored Delaware County Community College (DCCC) President Jerry Parker on his many years of service to the county at the June 7 weekly council meeting. Pictured below are, in the middle, Dr. Jerry Parker and his wife Sue Parker, on left, their son Zachary, on right, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. and Karen Kozachyn, Dean, DCCC Workforce Development and Community Education Division. Back row, from left, John Daly, Deputy Director, Delaware County Workforce Development, Councilman Mike Culp, Vice Chairman Colleen Morrone and Councilman Dave White.