After Four Decades at DCCC, Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Parker

 recognized by Delaware County Council

on his retirement

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, a young man named 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.

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.
Four decades later, it is bittersweet for County Council to recognize Dr. Parker on his retirement, which becomes official on June 30.

During his four decades at DCCC, the college has grown significantly. It now serves 27,000 students on the Marple campus and at various satellites, including a newer branch in Upper Darby Township.

It is Dr. Parker’s vision that has resulted in transforming DCCC into a modern, state-of-the-art college that offers the programs needed to prepare people for jobs in today’s changing world. It was under Jerry’s leadership that the STEM Center was built and opened its doors in 2010.

If you’ve never been there, the STEM Center, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it is a remarkable facility that has modern classrooms, advance laboratories and offers hands-on learning in the latest technologies necessary to do today’s jobs. It’s also a green building with energy-efficient systems, recycled materials and daylight harvesting.

As part of that complex, there is also an Advance Technology Center that trains people in laboratories for jobs in carpentry, automotive, electronics, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, welding, robotics and much more.

This year, Jerry was instrumental 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. It’s great to see these types of partnerships between colleges and our leading businesses.

Jerry has served as a member of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board 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.

Jerry was dedicated to providing 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 are much better off after having Jerry Parker at DCCC for four decades. He will be missed and we wish him and his family well in his well-deserved retirement.