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Delaware’s area technical centers (ATCs) play a distinct role in the state’s postsecondary and workforce development system through the administration of the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program and short-term programs of study leading to postsecondary credentials and certificates. This profile highlights the unique structures of Delaware’s ATCs and opportunities to expand its audiences for postsecondary attainment through equitable program practices.
There are more area technical centers (ATCs) in the United States than there are community colleges. Despite their prevalence, ATCs are not well understood and, as a result, are often overlooked in wider discussions and decisions regarding postsecondary education and workforce development. These under-utilized public institutions can and should be better leveraged to help more learners equitably access and attain postsecondary education and related credentials of value. Doing so will help close skill and equity gaps and ensure that more Americans have the skills, competencies and credentials they need for future career success and economic prosperity. This report examines these under-studied and under-utilized public assets.