Op/Ed: Legislators must end funding delay for community colleges

By Marta Yera Cronin, Ed.D., President, Delaware County Community College Marta Yera Cronin Nearly six months into the fiscal year, Delaware County Community College and Pennsylvania’s 14 other community colleges have yet to receive operating funds authorized in July as part of the state’s FY 2023-24 budget. Community colleges are the only public higher education institutions in Pennsylvania still...

Cronin takes helm at DCCC

Marta Yera Cronin, Ed.D On July 1, Marta Yera Cronin, Ed.D., formerly president of Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon, began her role as president of Delaware County Community College. She is the College’s fifth president since its founding 56 years ago. After an extensive national search, in January 2023 Dr. Cronin was chosen by Delaware County Community College’s Board of...

DCCC to merge Exton campus into Downingtown site

Delaware County Community College announced Tuesday that it will close the College’s Exton Center location and consolidate the staff and resources with the Downingtown Center, located at 100 Bond Drive in Downingtown. The Exton Center is closing effective June 30, 2023. All staff are being reassigned to the Downingtown Center.   “The College enjoyed 26 successful years in Exton, and the decision...

Cronin named new DCCC president

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin Marta Yera Cronin, EdD, currently president of Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon, has been selected by Delaware County Community College’s Board of Trustees to become the College’s next president. Dr. Cronin will succeed L. Joy Gates Black, EdD, who will retire on June 30 of this year after six years of service to the College. Dr. Cronin will be the College’s...

DCCC mourns the death of head basketball coach Larry Yarbray, Sr.

Larry Yarbray Jr. seen coaching his players during the 2021-22 season. Larry Yarbray, Sr., head coach of Delaware County Community College’s men’s basketball team, passed away on Saturday, September 10 after being struck by a vehicle during an organized, morning, bike ride in Dover, Delaware. Delaware State Police are investigating the incident. The 51-year-old Yarbray, the former boys basketball...

DCCC staff cheers police cadets on final run

Municipal Police Academy cadets finish their last run at the Marple Campus as College staff cheer and celebrate their accomplishment. Staff at Delaware County Community College enthusiastically cheered on soon-to-be graduates of the College’s Municipal Police Academy (MPA) yesterday as the cadets ran the last part of their training at the College’s Marple Campus. The cadets will graduate at 7 p.m.,...

DCCC, Susquehanna U. sign deal for student transfers

Delaware County Community College and Susquehanna University have signed a transfer agreement whereby qualified students at the College can earn a bachelor’s degree at substantial tuition savings by transferring after earning their associate degree into the four-year University. Through this partnership, qualified students also can receive merit-based scholarships of up to $32,000 a year, with an...

Chesco Sheriff joins cadet for final run at academy

Municipal Police Academy (MPA) Director Bill Davis, Chester County Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, MPA cadet/Act 120 scholar Brian Woodard, and Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black. MPA cadet/Act 120 scholar Bakari Green Jr. is not shown. All photos by Jim McWilliams Photography. Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black and Chester County Sheriff Fredda...

DCCC registration open for new students

Registration for spring classes at Delaware County Community College begins today, November 1 for current students and the following Monday, November 8 for new students. Spring classes will be offered in person and online. Several online learning formats are available in addition to the College’s many traditional classroom options. For new students, Registration Rush (Monday, November 8 through Saturday,...

DIAS alumni gather to honor school’s history

Alumni from the Downingtown Industrial and Agricultural School (DIAS) stand near a bronze plaque unveiled September 30 to memorialize DIAS, which educated hundreds of African Americans from 1904 to 1993. Many graduates of the former Downingtown Industrial and Agricultural School (DIAS), now home of Delaware County Community College’s Downingtown Campus, 100 Bond Drive, returned to the site of their...