As one of the smallest states in the country, there are naturally fewer educational options available in Delaware than in other, more populous states. The state has 19 different colleges and universities within its state lines and just one of those schools offers a variety of trade programs designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce: Delaware Technical and Community College.
Students may choose to earn associate's degrees in a wide range of trades at one of the school's three campuses. Most programs lead to the certification or licensing necessary to legally work in the profession. Hands-on training is part of most programs' curricula and work-study or internships are possible, depending on the track. Most associate's degrees may be earned in two years or less.
Below is a short overview of Delaware Technical Commmunity College's trade programs and an additional table providing individual degree offerings and tuition information.
Delaware Technical Community College
With three campuses located throughout the state - Owens (located in Georgetown), Stanton/Wilmington (found in Wilmington) and Terry (located in Dover) - Delaware Technical Community College is home to over 15,000 students a year. The college offers over 100 associate's, certificate and diploma programs. Within those 100 different programs come a variety of trade programs including construction trades, web development and aviation trades. The school's aviation maintenance technology program prepares students for Federal Aviation Administration airframe certification. Students take courses in airframe maintenance, math for the trade and electronic devices.
The school also has an automotive technology program which has been certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Students prepare for immediate employment as automotive technicians, gaining hands-on experience working on a variety of project vehicles and taking several field trips to automotive assembly plants.
DTCC also offers a variety of engineering technology programs. For students interested in careers as designers, draftsmen or color consultants, DTCC offers an architectural engineering program with an emphasis on interior design that focuses on the structure, utilities and aesthetics of a building. Students interested in field mapping and computer-aided design (CAD) may enroll in the civil engineering technology program, which offers a specialty in surveying and geomatics in order to prepare students for jobs in land surveying. Or students could choose the school's computer engineering program, which educates students in the maintenance and repair of computer systems and hardware.
DTCC's construction management program prepares graduates for careers on the business end of the construction trade, such as engineering aides, job estimators, project managers, specification writers or office managers. The program includes both construction and business courses. Additionally, students choose specialized coursework in their areas of interest. DTCC also offers a program in refrigeration, heating and air conditioning thatl prepares students to work as technicians in the field. The program combines practical experience with classroom lectures.
Finally, DTCC offers a couple food-related programs, including an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts which prepares students for chef careers. Students attend classroom lectures and have opportunities for hands-on learning. Students must complete field experience and work in the campus restaurant. The school also offers a food service management program, which prepares students to work in the food service management trade, including restaurants, casual dining operations and institutional facilities. The program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Trade Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Delaware Technical Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in the following fields:
-Aviation Maintenance Technology
-Architectural Engineering Technology
-Civil Engineering Technology
-Computer Engineering Technology
-Refrigeration, Heating, & Air Conditioning Technology
-Food Service Management
| $3,632 (in-state)*,
Source: *NCES College Navigator