Today, Delaware Technical Community College presented its Fiscal Year 2014 budget request to state budget officials in the Senate Chamber at Legislative Hall in Dover.
President Orlando J. George, Jr. updated state budget officials on the College’s continuing commitment to connect Delawareans with jobs by delivering responsive and relevant programs, leveraging partnerships, and maximizing resources. The presentation highlighted the College’s new academic offerings which are strategically aligned with the Governor’s Jobs Plan and include Environmental Engineering Technology, Science Education – Chemistry/Physics, Electronic Health Records Specialist, Sustainable Landscaping, and Energy Efficient Manufacturing.
Dr. George spoke of the College’s partnerships with government and industry highlighting the success of the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP) in growing and maintaining manufacturing jobs and the plan to expand Delaware Tech’s Aviation Maintenance program to prepare students to maintain the powerplant (engine) of an airplane. The College has also partnered with the Delaware State Police (DSP) to develop a Law Enforcement associate degree to prepare candidates for employment with DSP and municipal agencies and a possible fast-track academy.
In addition to its base budget, the College’s Operating Budget included a request for continued funding and authorization for current General Fund positions, a stable and reliable funding source for the nursing and allied health programs expansion, and funding for six faculty positions and four instructional support positions.
The FY14 Capital Budget included campus expansion projects, including general classroom and lab space to accommodate growth at all four campus locations. In addition, the capital budget request included funding for facilities improvements at the Owens, Terry, Stanton, and Wilmington locations.