Delta College (Michigan)

Delta College (Michigan)
Delta College
Motto Experience the Delta Difference
Established 1961
Type Community College
Endowment $9.9 million[1]
President Jean Goodnow
Academic staff 565[2]
Admin. staff 435[2]
Students 11,299[3]
Location University Center, Michigan
Postal designation for an unincorporated area which includes parts of Bay County, Michigan and Saginaw County, Michigan

Evergreen and white

Nickname Pioneers

Delta College is a two-year community college located southwest of Bay City, Michigan. Delta College's district had its beginning in 1955 with Saginaw, Midland, and Bay counties making up the district. In 1957, the voters of the tri-counties approved the construction of the college, and it opened for classes in 1961. Delta College replaced Bay City Junior College, established in 1922, because the junior college could no longer support the growing enrollment. With Saginaw Valley College established in 1964, later renamed Saginaw Valley State College in 1975, and finally named Saginaw Valley State University in 1987, both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University form University Center, Michigan.


Off Campus Centers

Delta College has off campus centers in each of its three neighboring counties: Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center in Bay City; Delta College Midland Center in Midland; and the Ricker Center in Saginaw.

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Delta College has five varsity sports competing in the NJCAA, and is in the MCCAA's Eastern conference. The Pioneers compete in the following varsity sports:



They have two national championships in varsity play, with the men's basketball team winning in 1989 and the softball team winning in 1999.

The school also has four club sports, which are baseball, hockey, dodgeball and golf.


The college owns and operates WDCQ-TV (Q-TV), the region's PBS station, and WUCX-FM (Q-90.1), the NPR affiliate. Collectively, these stations are known as Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting and they serve 1.2 million people from Tawas to Flint, Alma to the Thumb, and all of Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties.[4]

The college's student-run newspaper is The Collegiate and has been published since the college opened in 1961.

Recent Developments

2010 - A $800,000 federal grant will allow Delta to train students and healthcare professionals in the newly emerging field of electronic records systems, allowing them to receive a Health Information Technology certificate/degree.[5]

2010 - Vice President Joe Biden came to campus to highlight the success of the Chemical Process Technology Program and its partnerships to get displaced workers retrained and back into the workforce.[6]

2010 - Sets enrollment record with 11,787 students in Winter 2010.[7]

2009 - Named “Great College to Work For” in a survey done for The Chronicle of Higher Education.[8]

2008 - Students contributed 95,525 service hours to the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. The value of this volunteer time is estimated at just under $2 million dollars.[9]

2008 - A 16 week training program called Fast-start was created in response to alternative energy growth and partnerships with regional chemical, solar and industrial companies

Notable alumni

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • 2008 - Madonna
  • 2007 - Alice M. Gerard, RN, MSN (President, Bay Regional Medical Center)
  • 2006 - Dr. Jack Nash
  • 2005 - Joseph Rivet (Bay County Drain Commissioner, former state representative)
  • 2004 - Wilmer Jones Ham McZee (former mayor of Saginaw, Michigan)
  • 2003 - Joaquin Guerrero
  • 2002 - Steven J. Morello
  • 2001 - Dr. Audrey "Dree" Stryker
  • 2000 - Scott Seeburger
  • 1999 - Paul A. Rowley
  • 1998 - Dr. Roger Kahn (state senate, former state representative)
  • 1997 - Penny M. Phelps
  • 1996 - Charles E. Braddock
  • 1995 - David R. Gamez
  • 1994 - William J. Hargreaves

See also


External links

Coordinates: 43°33′32.3″N 83°59′10.1″W / 43.558972°N 83.986139°W / 43.558972; -83.986139

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