EXTON – Dr. Jerry Parker helped lead the charge to bring a community college to Chester County when none existed. Now the institution he leads has grown to serve more than 28,000 students each year in both Delaware and Chester Counties, with nine locations that offer 33 associate degree, 17 transfer degree and 33 certificate programs.
In honor of his accomplishments, Dr. Jerry Parker, who is President of Delaware County Community College, was inducted into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame at the 2017 Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) Business Achievement Award Dinner on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Phoenixville Foundry. The award recognizes Parker’s outstanding endeavors and achievements within the business community.
“Our county has evolved into one of the most high-tech in the state; Dr. Jerry Parker and Delaware County Community College were integral to that achievement,” said Gary Smith, CCEDC President and CEO. “By spearheading programming that combines technical training, a community college education and corporate training skills, Jerry has been instrumental in ensuring our community’s students have the real job skills needed to fuel our region’s economy.”
Previous inductees into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame include W. Thomas Musser, Chairman of The Tri-M Group, LLC (2016); Oscar Lasko of Lasko Products, Inc.; Jack Loew of J. Loew & Associates, Inc.; Tom Fillippo of Devault Foods; Greg Bentley of Bentley Systems; John Bogle of The Vanguard Group; Robert Hankin of Hankin Group; Jerry Parsons of CTDI; and more.