Released: May 6, 2023
On Saturday, May 6, Delaware County Chair Dr. Monica Taylor joined U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Pennsylvania House Speaker Joanna McClinton, Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black and other members of the community at a special groundbreaking ceremony for Delaware County Community College’s new community-centered, state-of-the-art Southeastern campus, to be located at the former Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill.
“This project will transform the former high school into a community-empowering, education and training campus that will benefit our entire region,” said Dr. Taylor. “Many of our residents attend the beautiful campus in Media, and this location will make it more convenient for residents in the eastern section of our county to attend college.”
The College is transforming the former Archbishop Prendergast High School property at Garrett Road and North Lansdowne Avenue into a comprehensive multi-use facility that will provide affordable, quality education and training to area residents in an easily accessible location.
“This is about positively changing the lives of our students and residents in the communities served by the College,” said Dr. Gates Black.
The College is renovating the 80,000-square-foot, main building along with a 30,000-square-foot new annex that will transform a seven and a half-acre portion of the 35-acre property into a full-service campus featuring academic and career training programs in high-priority occupations, including Allied Health, Biotechnology and Electronics, Early Childhood Education, Skilled Trades, including Carpentry, and more.
The new campus will also include a Center for Workforce Development and Community Success, which will serve as a center of innovation for workforce training, a 17,000-square-foot Early Childhood Education Center that will provide much-needed childcare for both students and residents, as well as a learning lab for students in the College’s Early Childhood Education programs. The estimated project completion date is 2025.
For a preview of the new campus, go to www.dccc.edu/about/locations/southeast-campus.