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2016 Five Year Capital Outlay Plan

This Plan has been developed and revised annually in accordance with the minimum criteria established by the State Budget Office and the Office of Facilities and was approved by the Delta College Board of Trustees on October 14, 2014.

The Plan includes capital priorities to support current programming efforts, anticipated programming changes, and the current capital base covering fiscal year 2016 through fiscal year 2020. It includes both self-funded projects and those in which State cost participation is requested.

Section I- Mission Statement

I. MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission Statement:  Delta College serves our Great Lakes Bay Region by educating, enriching, and empowering our diverse community of learners to achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.
The Vision Statement:  Delta College is our communities’ first choice to learn, work, and grow.
Values:  Delta College is a diverse learning-centered community based on integrity and respect.  From a foundation of leadership, we use innovation and teamwork to achieve excellence.

  • Diversity: We actively promote, advocate, respect and value differences. We foster a welcoming environment of openness and appreciation for all.
  • Integrity: We are committed to honesty, ethical conduct, and responsibility.
  • Respect: We stand for trust, caring, loyalty and academic freedom.
  • Excellence: We support outstanding achievement in our students, employees, and communities. We have a passion for quality and strive for continuous improvement.
  • Leadership: We create and communicate inspirational visions for results. We are accountable to our communities.
  • Innovation: We rejoice in creative change. We are flexible, agile, and risk-taking.
  • Teamwork: We foster communication and collaboration across boundaries, and support shared governance.
  • Learning-Centered Community: We are an engaging, inclusive, diverse learning organization. We focus on academic excellence, civic responsibility and community leadership.

Program Goals:  The mission of Delta College is manifested through goals which include but are not limited to provision of high quality programs and services leading to:

  • Postsecondary associate degrees, certificates, and other credentials of educational   
  • Lower division preparation for college and university transfer.
  • Occupational/workforce entry preparation.
  • Occupational upgrading and retraining.
  • General education.
  • Educational partnerships with business, industry, government, and other institutions.
  • Education for personal growth.
  • Support for student needs and informed choices in academic, personal, and career decisions.
  • Support for special student groups, e.g., handicapped, limited English speaking, gifted and talented, minorities and learning disabled.
  • Basic skill development and remediation.
  • Instructional resources and support to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Collaboration with secondary schools, other colleges and universities.
  • Enrichment of wellness (such as intellectual, physical, emotional, social, recreational, cultural, occupational, and spiritual well-being).
  • Development of community resources, community leadership and public service.

Operational Goals: Operational goals exist at Delta College to provide direction to the College as it manages its resources to implement program goals in an effective and efficient manner. The operational goals of Delta College are:

  • To maintain an effective organizational and governance structure which supports the College goals and fosters open communication between students, faculty, administration, staff and the Board of Trustees.
  • To provide the means for implementing systematic assessment, evaluation, and planning of College programs and services with high scholarly and professional standards.
  • To provide for professional and curricular response to technological, economic, and social change.
Section II - Instructional Programming

II. INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMING
a.) Describe existing academic programs and projected programming changes during the next 5 years, in so far as academic programs are affected by specific structural considerations (i.e., laboratories, classrooms, current and future distance learning initiatives, etc.):

Existing Academic Programs: Delta College offers Associate Degree and certificate level academic credentialing.  Delta College offers the following Associate degrees and Certificates:
Associate degrees: Delta College offers Associate degrees in Business Studies, Fine Arts, Applied Arts, and Applied Science in the following Career Education areas:

 

  • Accounting
  • Alternative Energy/Wind Turbine Technology
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art + Design
  • Art Associate
  • Associate In General Studies
  • Automotive Service Educational Program (GM SEP)
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology/General Management
  • Chemical Process Technology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - Bit
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - Ca
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - Ist Criminal Technology
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - Ist/Financial Security
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - Ist/Information Assurance
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - NT
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - PC
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - PROG
  • Computer Science & Information Technology - WEB
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Criminal Justice -Law Enforcement With Basic Police Training
  • Criminal Justice Security/Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Assisting/General Management
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Hygiene/General Management
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/General Management
  • Electrical Utility Worker
  • Electronic Media Broadcasting (EMB)
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
  • Environmental Technology
  • Fire Fighter Technician
  • Fire Investigation/Prevention
  • Fire Science Leadership & Training
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Fire Science/EMS
  • Fire Science/Indust/Comm Security & Safe
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Health Fitness Specialist/General Management
  • HVACR Service Technology
  • Industrial Technology Education
  • Journalism & Emerging Media
  • Legal Support Professional
  • Liberal Arts
  • Lean Manufacturing - Certificate of Achievement
  • Lean Resource Management - Certificate of Achievement
  • Liberal Arts - MACRAO - Certificate
  • Mechanical & Indust. Trades Super. - Certificate Of Achieve
  • Medical Transcription Specialist
  • Network Technology
  • Office Professional Skills Core -Certificate of Achievement
  • Office Professions/Office Assistant
  • Office Professions/Office Specialist
  • Office Services Mgt
  • PC Systems Support & Technology
  • Personal Trainer
  • Police Academy - Certificate of Achievement
  • Practical Nurse
  • Pre-Medical Laboratory Science - Advanced Certificate
  • Presentational Communication - Certificate of Achievement
  • Professional Studies In Office Admin - Certificate of Achievement
  • Quality Assurance - Certificate of Achievement
  • Quality Management - Certificate of Achievement
  • Residential Construction
  • Retail Management
  • Security/Loss Prevention - Certificate of Achievement
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Agricultural Maintenance
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Electrical Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Mechanical Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades/Carpenter
  • Skilled Trades/Electrician (Industrial)
  • Skilled Trades/Jobbing Molder
  • Skilled Trades/Machine Builder
  • Skilled Trades/Machine Repair
  • Skilled Trades/Millwright
  • Skilled Trades/Pattern Maker
  • Skilled Trades/Pipefitter (Indust Maintenance)
  • Skilled Trades/Plumber/Pipefitter
  • Skilled Trades/Stationary Boiler Engineering
  • Skilled Trades/Tinsmith Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades/Tool Hardener
  • Skilled Trades/Tool/Die Maker
  • Surgical Technology
  • Water Environmental Technology
  • Web Information Technology
  • Welding Engineering Technology
  • Writing - General - Advanced Certificate
  • Writing - Technical - Advanced Certificate
  • Youth Services - Certificate of Achievement
  • Youth Services--Adv Cert

Certificates:

  • Academic Career Experience - Certificate of Achievement
  • Accounting-Adv Cert
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Chemical Process Technology
  • Child Development
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Computer Numerical Control - Certificate of Achievement
  • Construction - Pre Apprentice - Certificate of Achievement
  • Corrections With Jail Officer Academy - Cert of Achievement
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections - Certificate of Achievement
  • Criminal Technology-Post Associate Certificate
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Digital Film Production
  • Education Paraprofessional - Certificate of Achievement
  • Electrical Substation Worker
  • Entrepreneurship/Sm Business Mgt.
  • Environmental Technology
  • Fire & Industrial Loss Prevention Officer
  • Global Peace Studies - Certificate of Achievement
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Health Foundations
  • Health Insurance Coding & Claims Specialist
  • HVAC/Air Conditioning
  • HVAC/Commercial Refrigeration
  • HVAC/Heating
  • International Studies - Advanced Certificate
  • Interpersonal Communication - Certificate of Achievement
  • Ist/Financial Security-Post Associate Certificate
  • Journalism & Emerging Media - Advanced Certificate
  • Laboratory Science - Advanced Certificate
  • Law Office Foundation
  • Law Office Specialist
  • Lean Manufacturing - Certificate of Achievement
  • Lean Resource Management - Certificate of Achievement
  • Liberal Arts - MACRAO - Certificate
  • Mechanical & Indust. Trades Super. - Certificate of Achievement
  • Medical Transcription Specialist
  • Network Technology
  • Office Professional Skills Core -Certificate of Achievement
  • Office Professions/Office Assistant
  • Office Professions/Office Specialist
  • Office Services Mgt
  • Pc Systems Support & Technology
  • Personal Trainer
  • Police Academy - Certificate of Achievement
  • Practical Nurse
  • Pre-Medical Laboratory Science - Advanced Certificate
  • Presentational Communication - Certificate \oOf Achievement
  • Professional Studies In Office Admin - Certificate of Achievement
  • Quality Assurance - Certificate of Achievement
  • Quality Management - Certificate of Achievement
  • Residential Construction
  • Retail Management
  • Security/Loss Prevention - Certificate of Achievement
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Agricultural Maintenance
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Electrical Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice)/Mechanical Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades/Carpenter
  • Skilled Trades/Electrician (Industrial)
  • Skilled Trades/Jobbing Molder
  • Skilled Trades/Machine Builder
  • Skilled Trades/Machine Repair
  • Skilled Trades/Millwright
  • Skilled Trades/Pattern Maker
  • Skilled Trades/Pipefitter (Indust Maintenance)
  • Skilled Trades/Plumber/Pipefitter
  • Skilled Trades/Stationary Boiler Engineering
  • Skilled Trades/Tinsmith Adv Cert
  • Skilled Trades/Tool Hardener
  • Skilled Trades/Tool/Die Maker
  • Surgical Technology
  • Water Environmental Technology
  • Web Information Technology
  • Welding Engineering Technology
  • Writing - General - Advanced Certificate
  • Writing - Technical - Advanced Certificate
  • Youth Services - Certificate of Achievement
  • Youth Services--Adv Cert 

Transfer Programs: Students can enroll at Delta College in the following transfer programs that lead to a baccalaureate degree:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.)

Life Long Learning (Short-Term Occupational Training Programs and Enrichment Activities): Delta College provides area residents with a variety of short-term occupational training and enrichment activities. Examples of the short-term occupational training opportunities include: Health Unit Coordinator, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, Insurance Billing, Stationary Boiler Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Medical Transcriptionist, Computer Skills and Human Resources.  Examples of the discipline types of continuing education offerings include: Nurse Refresher course, Dental Local Anesthesia Administration and Child Development CDA preparation.

Existing/Current Distance Learning Instruction: Delta College offers distance learning instruction through a variety of options to students. In addition to being a participating member of the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC), students can access distance learning through Internet delivered classes. It should be noted that Delta College's primary focus on offering distance learning instruction is to provide alternative delivery systems to our students. Students enrolling in distance education also enroll in face-to-face courses during the same semester. In the Fall 2014 semester, 7.7% of students (758) enrolled in a distance learning course without enrolling in a traditional (face-to-face) course (this is an increase from 743 in Fall 2013).

Enrollment in distance delivered instruction has grown substantially in recent years in both course offerings and student enrollment. In the Fall 2014 semester, 8,708 credit hours were generated by students only enrolled in distance education courses (an increase of 225 from Fall 2013), and additional credit hours are generated by students enrolled in a combination of face-to-face and online classes (hybrid courses). Distance education courses are currently offered/available in the following disciplines: accounting, art, biology, computer systems technology, cooperative education, criminal justice, economics, education, English, entrepreneurship, environmental science, fire science, health science, history, humanities, literature, lifelong wellness, management, manufacturing and industrial technology, mathematics, nursing, office automation technology, pharmacology, philosophy, political science, psychology, radiography, sociology, Spanish and speech.

In August 2002, Delta College received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission - a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer an Associate of Arts degree via distance learning and all distance learning degrees offered through the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC).  The College received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer all Associate degrees via distance learning in April 2004 (with the exception of the Associate in Fine Arts degree).

Off-Campus Centers: Delta College offers a variety of academic courses at off-campus
centers to increase Great Lakes Bay Region residents’ access to postsecondary education. While the College offers instruction at approximately 10 off-campus sites each semester in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties, the College offers academic instruction at three main centers. Delta College’s off-campus centers are the:

Ricker Center in Buena Vista Township in Saginaw. Student enrollment at the Ricker Center has decreased, with 596 students enrolling during the Fall 2014 semester. However, a majority of students enrolling at the Ricker Center also enroll in classes on-campus, as only 155 of the students enrolling at the Ricker Center during the Fall 2014 semester did not enroll in a class on-campus. During the Fall 2014 semester, a total of 53 courses were offered generating 2,973 credit hours.

Delta College Midland Center in Midland. Compared to the Fall 2013 semester, student enrollment at the Midland Center has decreased from 694 (Fall 2013) to 673 students enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester. Similar to the Ricker Center, only 91 students did not enroll in a class on-campus during the same semester. During the Fall 2014 semester, a total of 47 courses were offered generating 2,870 credit hours.

Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center in downtown Bay City. This Center enrollment has decreased by 75 students as compared to the Fall 2013 semester. During the Fall 2014 semester, 478 students enrolled in classes at the Planetarium (39 students did not enroll in courses on-campus during the semester). During the Fall 2014 semester, 39 course sections were offered generating 1,732 credit hours.

Birch Run Middle College in Birch Run. In Fall 2013, Delta College and Birch Run began partnering to offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree while earning their high school diploma. A small cohort of students attend college and high school classes together for a total of three academic years. These students enroll in AP as well as college classes. They attend the college classes at Birch Run High School. Upon completing the program, the students will have their high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Delta College. Delta College received approval to offer courses at this Center by the Higher Learning Commission in 2013.

The College also offers courses as part of an early college program at our Birch Run Center which is owned and operated by the Birch Run School District. 

Projected Academic Instructional and Distance Learning Programming Needs 2015-19Delta College conducts ongoing program review and evaluation on its existing Certificate and Associate degree programs to assure that the College is providing students enrolled in career education/occupational courses/programs with the skills required to successfully enter the workforce or to obtain upgraded skills, and to provide transfer students with the academic skills required by Michigan four-year institutions.

In the past five years, the following programs have been developed to meet the needs of employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region:

  • Computer Numerical Control (Certificate)
  • Health Foundations
  • Wind Turbine Technology

The following programs have undergone significant revisions:

  • Accounting
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art + Design
  • Automotive Technology (Automotive Hybrids)
  • Electronic Media/Broadcasting
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
  • Computer Applications
  • Network Technology
  • PC Systems Support and Technology
  • Web Information Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Merchandising Management
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nursing
  • Office Services Management
  • Office Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • HVACR
  • Legal Assistant

In addition, the College is exploring and developing several new programs to meet the high wage, high skill, high demand occupations identified in the region. Examples of new programs under development include:

  • Agriculture
  • CNC – MAT2
  • Health Information Technology
  • Mammography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Film - EMB Track
  • Radio – EMB
  • Surgical First Assistant

In distance learning, Delta College is actively developing courses for Internet delivery and this delivery system has grown both in student enrollments and course offerings.  In 2002, Delta College prepared an institutional change of status for the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association to obtain accreditation to offer an Associate of Arts degree obtained 100% through distance learning delivery.  Approval to offer this degree was approved in August 2002.  The College received approval from the Higher Learning Commission in April 2004 to offer all Associate degrees through distance learning delivery (with the exception of the Associate in Fine Arts degree that was not submitted for consideration).

In addition, the College offers several Internet courses and Associate degrees in collaboration with the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC).

b.) Identify the unique characteristics of each institution’s academic mission. Two-year degree and certificated technical/vocational training, workforce development activities, adult education focus, continuing or lifelong educational programming, partnerships with intermediate school district(s), community activities; geographic service delivery area(s), articulation agreements or partnerships with 4-year institutions, etc.:
There are several programs, activities, services, and partnerships that are unique to Delta College. Examples of these unique characteristics include but are not limited to:

Academic/Instructional Programs: The College has several academic programs that are unique within Michigan:

Chemical Process Technology: The Chemical Process Technology Program was developed in conjunction with the Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation and Michigan Technological University. The Program is designed to train individuals for employment as a process operator in the chemical/material processing industry. Originally, the Chemical Process Technology Program was designed as a 2+2 aligned program with Michigan Technological University; a student completes their Associate’s degree at Delta College and transfers to MTU to complete a bachelor’s degree. To meet regional workforce demands and student enrollment patterns, Delta College has also developed and implemented a Certificate program and a short-term accelerated (Fast Start) program. Dual enrolled high school students also enroll in chemical process technology classes (usually in the 12th grade) to earn early college credits (up to 23 college credits). Students enrolled in the Chemical Process Technology program have opportunities for related work experience during enrollment to further enhance their skill development. The Dow Corning Corporation donated their Chemical Process Pilot Plant to Delta College and in-depth, equipment specific training is being conducted on the College’s main campus for students enrolled in the academic courses/programs and to retrain existing employees as of the Spring 2002 semester. Based on significant employment needs identified by Dow Corning, Dow Chemical, and Hemlock Semiconductor, this program has undergone a significant expansion and program revision. This program also supports solar companies who are locating in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Wind Turbine Technology Program:  Delta College initiated an associate degree program to train individuals to become wind turbine technicians.  Classes began in the Fall 2009 semester to support the growing need for a trained workforce.

Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP):  Delta College is one of the first community colleges in the United States to offer the Automotive Service Educational Program.  This is an Associate degree automotive program conducted in partnership with General Motors Corporation dealerships to train automotive (dealership) technicians.  This is a two-year program, with 60 weeks spent in Delta College training facilities, and the remainder of time spent in a General Motors dealership.  Training in each specialized subject area is dealt with on a rotational basis in the College’s training facilities and is immediately followed by related work experience in the dealership.

Water Environment Technology:  Delta College is one of two community colleges in Michigan that offers an Associate’s degree in Water Environment Technology.  This program was developed in partnership with regional water and wastewater treatment plant facilities and local governments.  Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to apply for certification as a Wastewater Class "D” Operator.

Welding Engineering Technology:  Delta College offers one of the few Welding Engineering Technology Associate degree programs in the United States that is articulated with a baccalaureate institution.  This program combines specialized welding training with related technical skills, and is articulated in a 2+2 program with Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, and Saginaw Valley State University.

Nursing Program:  To support the Regional Skills Alliance and increase the number of qualified Nursing faculty, Delta College has partnered with Saginaw Valley State University, four area hospitals, and two community colleges to implement a Nurse Practice Scholars Program.  This program provides RNs employed by area hospitals with paid release time to obtain up to 32 Master’s Degree credits in Nursing at SVSU, preceptor experience, and instructional experience as an adjunct faculty at Delta College. Upon the two-year program completion, RNs will have the knowledge and experience to qualify for Nursing faculty positions.  Delta College also expanded its Nursing Program to enroll an additional 20 students.

Corporate Services:  Corporate Services is a division of Delta College and a recognized leader in developing, delivering and administering training solutions for employers.  From two hour training experiences to 13 week certificate programs, Delta College Corporate Services ensures employees are ready to meet business challenges.  Training is provided at the local business, around the globe, or on our campus located in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Delta College’s award winning training programs help businesses achieve their strategic goals.  Training is provided in key industries including manufacturing, health care, government and education, business and energy.

Corporate Services has provided customized training to over 800 companies in the College’s district, Michigan, 44 states and 65 countries.  Corporate Services provides training to approximately 10,000 individuals annually through multiple delivery systems including classroom, computer-based, and distance education.  Corporate Services customizes training to meet the needs of each client.  Examples of Corporate Services training include:

Industrial Workforce Development: chemical process operations, solar manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, environmental health and safety, journeyman upgrade, CNC programming/operations, robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, and welding.

Quality Systems: ISO 9000 and QS 9000, quality assurance, statistical process control, failure mode effect analysis, six sigma, lean, and design of experiments.

Employee and Organizational Development: business process services, strategic planning, team leadership and effectiveness, employee skills building, problem solving, customer service, conflict resolution, and lean resource management.

Vehicle Systems: operations and service, course development, training materials development, and plant training.

Multimedia/Training Development: computer based training, project management, instructor-led training, graphically enhanced teleconferencing, web-based training, and automotive documentation.

Training Implementation Services: course and facilitator scheduling, training center management and training support resources.

Non-Traditional Funding for Training: As an innovator in expanding corporate training, Delta College has partnered with a variety of organizations to provide the resources needed for area businesses.  Delta College received funding from the Michigan Small Business Development Center and the US Small Business Administration to operate a Michigan Small Business Development Center.  Center staff provide consulting, training and technical assistance to nearly 300 small businesses in the region annually.  Delta College is an active partner with the Michigan Community College Association in promoting the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP).  Delta College Corporate Services currently holds two MNTJ contracts with area employers in the battery and plastics businesses.  MNTJ is an innovative economic development tool designed to provide tax deferred benefits to businesses while providing corporate training to new employees.  Training grants have also been received by Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! to provide Fast Start pre-hire training programs to meet employer hiring demands in the chemical processing, advanced manufacturing and customer service industries.

Public Broadcasting (PBS): Delta College is one of four community colleges in the nation that operates Public Broadcasting.  WDCQ (channel 19), has been serving the area since 1964 and WDCP (channel 35) located in the Thumb region began broadcasting in 1986 to expand coverage to a 14 county region in mid-Michigan.  In 1989, services were further expanded with the addition of public radio, Q-90.1 which is a shared operation with Central Michigan University.  Delta College’s Quality Public Broadcasting provides the region with local, state, and national programming and is involved in the College’s Associate degree instruction in Electronic Media/Broadcasting.

Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center: Located in downtown Bay City, this Center provides Delta College students and the community with unique programming.  The facility was funded by NASA, and as a result, a variety of related activities and partnerships have occurred.  The planetarium offers a variety of shows to secondary school students and the public, and this facility has provided the College with the opportunity to provide astronomy and other related courses using state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

National League for Innovation: Delta College is a charter member of the National League for Innovation in the Community College.  The League is comprised of 17 college districts and their respective campuses.  Delta College’s membership in the League is recognition that the College is dedicated to the improvement of learning through experimentation and innovation.

Linkages With Michigan Works!: Delta College actively participates with external organizations in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties to provide activities and programs through the efficient coordination of resources. Delta College participates actively in the local One-Stop Centers operated by the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, and currently provides Employment Services, WIA Core Services, and Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) services in these Centers. In addition, the College operates the Job Education and Training (JET) services in Bay County. The College participates in Workforce Investment Act activities including the Educational Advisory Group (EAG), strategic and environmental scanning processes, and provides occupational training through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) funding and Fast Start training programs.

The College was an active participant in the recently completed Mid-Michigan WIRED grant funded by the US Department of Labor. The College has also partnered in the approved 10-county East Central Michigan Regional Skills Alliance (RSA) in Health Care, a RSA in Advanced Manufacturing, and a Green Jobs Regional Skills Alliance.

Course Articulation and Program Alignment with K-12 School Districts, Intermediate School Districts, and Career/Skill/Technology Centers: Delta College has been actively involved in course articulation and program alignment activities for several years. As of September 1, 2014, the College has 144 new and renewed 2+2 program articulation/alignment agreements with 30 K-12 partners. During the 2013-14 academic year, 651 students articulated 4,389 academic credits.

Articulation Agreements have been signed with the following K-12 school districts:

  • Alma Scholl District
  • Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District
  • Bay City Public Schools
  • Bullock Creek School District
  • Chesaning School District
  • Clare-Gladwin RESD
  • Downriver Career Technical Consortium
  • Essexville-Garber School District
  • Frankenmuth School District
  • Freeland School District
  • Hemlock School District
  • Huron Intermediate School District
  • Iosco Intermediate School District
  • Lapeer Intermediate School District
  • Meridian Public Schools
  • Merrill School District
  • Midland Public School District
  • Mt. Pleasant Intermediate School District
  • Ogemaw Heights School District
  • Owosso School District
  • Pinconning School District
  • Saginaw Township School District
  • Sanilac ISD
  • School District of the City of Saginaw
  • Shiawassee RESD
  • St. Louis School District
  • Swan Valley School District
  • Tuscola Intermediate School District

MACRAO Articulation Agreements with Michigan Four-Year Colleges and Universities: Delta College is a participant in the MACRAO Agreement with the following four-year institutions:

  • Adrian College
  • Albion College
  • Baker College
  • Calvin College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • Concordia University
  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Finlandia University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lawrence Technical University
  • Madonna University
  • Marygrove University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Rochester College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Saint Mary's College
  • Siena Heights University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Western Michigan University

Michigan Transfer Agreements with Michigan Four-Year Colleges and Universities: Delta College is a participant in the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which will be replacing the MACRAO Agreement with the following four-year institutions:

  • Albion College
  • Baker College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Madonna University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland University
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

University Transfer Programs/Agreements: Delta College has signed articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions:

  • Business Administration - Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Kettering University, Northwood University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan - Flint
  • Chemistry - Central Michigan University, Kettering University
  • Chiropractic - Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Computer Science - Franklin University, Kettering University
  • Dietetics (Pre) Central Michigan University
  • Economics - Northwood University
  • Elementary Education - Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Engineering - Central Michigan University, Kettering University, University Detroit Mercy
  • Geography - Central Michigan University
  • Integrative Public Relations - Central Michigan University
  • Journalism - Central Michigan University
  • Mathematics - Kettering University
  • Meteorology - Central Michigan University
  • Psychology - Central Michigan University
  • PhysicsKettering University
  • Physical Therapy - University of Michigan - Flint
  • Radiation Therapy - University of Michigan - Flint
  • Secondary Education - Central Michigan University

Career Education Articulations/Transfer Agreements With Four-Year Colleges/Universities: Delta College has signed Career Education program articulation/transfer agreements with the following four-year institutions:

  • Accounting - Colorado State University, Davenport University, Franklin University, Northwood University
  • Art+ Design - Central Michigan University, College of Creative Studies
  • Chemical Technology - Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University
  • Child Development - Ferris State University
  • Computer Science and Information Technology - Capitol College, Colorado State University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Northwood University
  • Criminal Justice - Ferris State University, Franklin University, University of Phoenix
  • Dental Hygiene - University of Detroit Mercy
  • Electronic Media/Broadcasting - Ferris State University, Northern Michigan University
  • Environmental Technology - Central Michigan University
  • Health Fitness Education and Promotion - Central Michigan University, Davenport University
  • Industrial Technology Education - Saginaw Valley State University
  • Legal Support Professional - Eastern Michigan University
  • Management - Central Michigan University, Colorado State University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Franklin University, Kettering University, Northwood University, Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University, Walsh University
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology - Michigan Technical University
  • Nursing - Concordia University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Franklin University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan - Flint, University of Phoenix

Career Education Articulations/Transfer Agreements With Michigan Community Colleges: Delta College has signed Career Education program articulation/transfer agreements with the following Michigan community colleges:

  • Chemical Process Technology - Alpena Community College, Bay College, Mid-Michigan Community College
  • Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement with Basic Police Training - Alpena Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College
  • Dental Hygiene - Alpena Community College
  • Maritime Deck Officer - Ferris State University, Northwestern Michigan College
  • Water Environmental Technology - Grand Rapids Community College

Reverse Transfer Agreements with Michigan Four-Year Colleges and Universities: Delta College is a participant in the Reverse Transfers with the following four-year institutions:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan - Flint

Partnerships with K-12, Intermediate School Districts, and Secondary Education Initiatives: In addition, Delta College participates as an active partner in the following activities with K-12 and Intermediate School Districts:

Career Preparation: Delta College was an active partner in career preparation activities in Arenac, Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties, primarily in the career pathways component.  The College has organized its career education programs into six career pathways and sponsors an annual Career Pathways Open House for over 1,900 middle and high school students.  The College is a member of the Educational Advisory Group (EAG).

Educational Partnerships: Delta College actively participates as a member of the Board/Steering Committee for the Saginaw Business and Education Partnership, the Bay County Business and Education Partnership, and the Midland County Chamber of Commerce Educational Partnership.

An example of one of our dual enrollment partnerships is between Delta College and Birch Run Area Schools.  Delta College and Birch Run are partnering to offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree while earning their high school diploma.  A small cohort of students attend college and high school classes together for a total of three academic years.  These students will enroll in AP as well as college classes.  They will attend the college classes at Birch Run High School.  Upon completing the program, the students will have their high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Delta College. 

Delta College is a partner in the Great Lakes Bay Early College.  Students enrolled in the early college program can earn up to 60 college credits during high school. 

Programs/Events: are conducted on an ongoing basis.  Examples of activities include: the Science Olympiad, Middle School Math Competition, Student Technical Solutions Competition, Career Fairs, Possible Dream Program activities, summer camps, and campus tours.

Partnerships With Business/Industry: Delta College has numerous partnerships with business/industry to provide employees with the training and retraining to obtain the skills for the 21st century workforce.  Examples of recent partnerships include:

  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation-Economic Development Job Training Grants.
  • Chemical Process Operator Training: in partnership with Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, and Hemlock Semiconductor, Delta College provides a 480 hour accelerated training program for chemical process operators (prior to hire) and pre and post deployment training for recently hired chemical process operators.
  • Solar Manufacturing Training: in partnership with Dow Solar and other local companies in the solar supply chain, Delta College provides a 225 hour accelerated training program for solar manufacturing technicians (prior to hire).
  • Lithium Battery Manufacturing Training: in partnership with Dow Kokam. The Advanced Battery Manufacturing Fast Start program provides 400 hours of accelerated pre-hire training and post-hire training which is supported through a Michigan New Jobs Training program agreement.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training: in partnership with Nexteer, the Advanced Manufacturing Fast Start program provides 160 hours of accelerated pre-hire training for manufacturing positions.
  • Business Process Services Training: in partnership with Dow Chemical, Morley Company, and Tata, the Business Process Services Fast Start program provides 216 hours of accelerated pre-hire training for business process positions.
  • General Motors Corporation: Delta College is a primary training supplier to the General Motors Corporation, and is in partnership to operate the Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP).
  • Nexteer (formerly Delphi Automotive Systems): Delta College is a major training supplier to support the cross training of the skilled trades and new hire training.
  • A variety of internships, cooperative education, and work-experience programs are in place with employers in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties.
  • Delta College has signed agreements with area hospitals and healthcare facilities for nursing, allied health, and short-term occupational health programs. In the Fall 2014 semester, the College has clinical sites for the following programs: Certified Nursing Assistant (9 sites), Dental Hygiene/Assisting (15 sites), EMT (3 sites), Fitness (7 sites), Health Unit Coordinator (4 sites), Nursing (30 sites), Phlebotomy (4 sites), Physical Therapy Assistant (60 sites), Radiography (10 sites), Respiratory Care (6 sites), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (18 sites), and Surgical Technology (7 sites).
  • Delta College has a total of 36 Advisory Committees to provide information and support to occupational programs with over 600 members.  Advisory Committees are in the Business & Information Technology (7), English (1), Health & Wellness (9), Humanities (2), Science (3), Social Science (3), and Technical Trades & Manufacturing (11).

c.) Identify other initiatives which may impact facilities usage:

Health and Wellness Programming/Training:
In September 2013, with support from the State of Michigan, the College completed renovations to the Health Professions Building. The renovated Health Professions Building provides students with a learning environment that is innovative, high tech, cutting-edge, and up-to-date. The renovation ensures that students will continue to have access to Delta College training and retraining that is required by health care employers to meet the demand for healthcare workers in the State of Michigan.

Saginaw Center Project
Delta College’s Saginaw Center is designed to provide educational access to the residents of the City of Saginaw and southeastern Saginaw County.  By delivering close-to-home classes, we will be addressing the needs of many students who are making their first strides into the post-secondary educational realm.  Within this safe environment, many first generation students find success, which can lead to a continuing cycle of education. 

Delta College currently leases a 1950s era elementary school in the Buena Vista area.  If approved, the Delta College Saginaw Center would replace that space with a new 35,000 square foot building.  The proposed new facility will be designed to be flexible to teach general education, skilled trades, healthcare, and other career courses.  It will include high level technology, special use training rooms, eight to ten classrooms, and basic science and computer labs.  The new facility will strengthen Delta’s ability to deliver the highest caliber of college education and workforce training.  It will also provide multi-purpose rooms/labs, students service, and administrative support spaces. 

This project would help improve utilization of existing space and infrastructure by providing an environment that allows a larger variety of courses and the opportunity for complete associate degrees and certificates to be offered in the Delta College outlying community.

d.) Demonstrate economic development impact of current/future programs (i.e., technical training centers, Life Science Corridor initiatives, etc.):

Delta College actively participates in economic development initiatives in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties (and to the extent possible in Arenac and Tuscola Counties).  To prepare residents for successful employment in high wage, high skill, high demand occupations, the College has worked closely with State agencies such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; economic development agencies including each of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s Chambers of Commerce, Saginaw Future, Bay Future, Bay County Economic Development Corporation, the Bay City Economic Development Commission, Midland Tomorrow, and the Arenac County Economic Development Corporation; Saginaw Valley State University; Michigan Works! in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Region 7B, and Thumb Area regions; and employers.  These economic development initiatives have resulted in the Bay County Technology Park; designation of a Renaissance Zone in Saginaw; the location and/or relocation of several industries to the  Great Lakes Bay Region; industrial expansion in the region; upgrading the skills of the workforce to current and future industry standards (especially in the chemical and alternative energy industries); training/retraining the unemployed to actively participate in high skill, high wage, high demand jobs; assisting employers to obtain qualified workers to fill vacant positions; and increasing the productivity of area business and industry.

Recent economic development activities have included strategic planning and environmental scanning with the Workforce Development Board and the East Central Michigan Regional Skills Alliance in Health Care to identify the occupations in demand in the Great Lakes Bay and Thumb regions.  The high wage, high skill, high demand occupations in this region that have been identified are:

  • Health Care: medical billing, dental hygiene, registered nurse, CENA, respiratory therapists, licensed practical nurse, and dental assisting.
  • Manufacturing Technologies: chemical process operators, solar manufacturing, lithium battery manufacturing, skilled trades, machine operators, machinists, computer numerical control operators, welders, machine repair/maintenance, and shipping/receiving.
  • Information Technology/Office Administration: computer applications, computer programmer, computer receptionist/help desk, and administrative assistant.
  • Services: accounting/finance, corrections officer, and transportation.

Delta College provides academic programs in a majority of these areas (and participates actively and has training programs registered with the Career Education Consumer Report), and can provide customized training through Corporate Services to meet the needs of employers. As training and educational opportunities are identified, Delta College reviews its programs to assure that the training provided meets the skill levels required by area employers.

A recent initiative was the Career Ladders Project established by Michigan Works!, the Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership, MI-Tech+, and the Great Lakes Bay Region Tech Prep Partnership. The goal of the partnership is to identify and strengthen linkages between K-12 school districts, Delta College, Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan Works!, and employers to assure that students have career information, appropriate educational and training opportunities, and work experience to successfully prepare them for the high wage, high skill, high demand jobs in the region. The Partnership will collaborate with a variety of existing initiatives including Vision 2020, Tech Prep, economic development, and employer organizations (ex: Saginaw Valley Manufacturers Association).

Career ladders information has been developed and distributed with curricula to K-12 school districts and educational partners in advanced manufacturing, health care, chemical process technology, information technology and construction.

Section III - Staffing and Enrollment

III. STAFFING AND ENROLLMENT
a) Describe current full and part-time student enrollment levels by academic program and define how the programs are accessed by the student (i.e., main or satellite campus instruction, collaboration efforts with other institutions, Internet or distance learning, etc.):

Current Enrollment Patterns: Delta College offers 81 certificates and 91 Associate degrees; approximately 38% of students select transfer programs to attend a four-year institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree, and 62% of students identified career education programs to directly enter the workforce upon completion of a certificate or Associate degree.

A majority of Delta College students enroll in face-to-face/traditional classes at the College's main campus. However, the College operates major off-campus centers to provide additional access to postsecondary education in the communities served by the College. At this point, students pursuing an Associate degree would enroll in courses at the main campus, however, they could complete a substantial portion of their coursework though a combination of attending classes at an off-campus site and/or distance delivery systems. Students are able to complete certain Associate degrees through distance education courses.

Five-Year Enrollment Trend/Pattern: During the Fall 2010 semester, student headcount and credit hours increased from the previous Fall semester, with a total of 11,529 students enrolled in academic and skilled
trades/apprenticeship classes at Delta College generating a total of 107,326 credit hours. The average student credit hour load was 9.3 credit hours, reflecting the fact that 56.8% of the students enrolled attended part-time and 43.2% attended full-time. The statistics of the Fall 2010 students are:

Gender:
Female     54%
Male          46%

Class Designation:
Freshman     64.5%
Sophomores  35.5%

Age Distribution:
0-19 years      29.2%
20-24 years    32.6%
25-29 years    13.0%
30-44 years    18.2%
45 and over      7.0%

Geographic Distribution:
Bay County               27.6%
Midland County     14.7%
Saginaw County     42.5%
Tuscola County         6.1%
Huron County            2.2%
Arenac County          1.5%
Other Counties          5.3%
Other States               0.1%
Foreign Countries     0.0%

Ethnic Background:
African American      8.8%
Native American       0.6%
Asian                             0.8%
Caucasian                   80.9%
Hispanic                        4.8%
International                0.8%
Multi-racial                   1.1%
Non-Coded                  2.2%

Student enrollment patterns during the Fall 2010 semester indicated that:
Attending Day hours only               24.1%
Day and Evening Combination     59.9%
Evening Hours Only                             10.3%
Weekends Only                                        0.2%
Distance Education Only                    5.4%

During the Fall 2011 semester, student headcount dropped slightly (31 students) from the previous Fall semester, with a total of 11,498 students enrolled in academic and skilled trades/apprenticeship classes. However, academic credit hours generated decreased from 107,326.2 credits during the Fall 2010 semester to 104,952.3 credits (a 2,373.9 credit decrease) during the Fall 2011 semester. The average student credit hour load was 9.1 credit hours, reflecting the fact that 60.4% of the students enrolled attended part-time and 39.6% attended full-time. The statistics of the Fall 2011 students are:

Gender:
Female     54.5%
Male          45.5%

Class Designation:
Freshman     65.2%
Sophomores  34.8%

Age Distribution:
0-19 years      29.7%
20-24 years    33.6%
25-29 years    13.0%
30-44 years    18.0%
45 and over      5.7%

Geographic Distribution:
Bay County                27.1%
Midland County       14.6%
Saginaw County       42.4%
Tuscola County           5.9%
Huron County             2.3%
Arenac County            1.6%
Other Counties            6.0%
Other States                 0.1%
Foreign Countries       0.0%

Ethnic Background:

African American   10.1%
Native American      0.5%
Asian                            1.0%
Caucasian                 79.5%
Hispanic                      5.5%
International              1.1%
Multi-racial                 0.6%
Non-Coded                1.7%

Student enrollment patterns during the Fall 2011 semester indicated that:
Attending Day hours only               26.3%
Day and Evening Combination     61.3%
Evening Hours Only                               6.6%
Weekends Only                                        0.1%
Distance Education Only                     5.6%

During the Fall 2012 semester, student headcount and credit hours decreased with a total of 10,791 students enrolled in academic and skilled trades/apprenticeship classes at Delta College, generating 98,888 credit hours. The average student credit hour load increased to 9.2 credit hours, reflecting the fact that 61.4% of the students enrolled attended part-time and 38.6% attended full-time. The statistics of the Fall 2012 students are:

Gender:                                            
Female    55%                            
Male         45%

Class Designation:
Freshman     64.4%
Sophomores  35.6%

Age Distribution:
0-19 years      30.5%
20-24 years    33.9%
25-29 years    12.9%
30-44 years    17.1%
45 and over      5.5%

Ethnic Background:
African American     9.4%
Native American       0.6%
Asian                             1.0%
Caucasian                 79.5%
Hispanic                      6.1%
International              0.1%
Multi-racial                 1.8%
Non-Coded                1.4%

Student enrollment patterns during the Fall 2012 semester indicated that:
Attending Day hours only               48.8%
Day and Evening Combination     52.9%
Evening Hours Only                               6.7%
Weekends Only                                           .1%
Distance Education Only                     8.0%

During the Fall 2013 semester, student headcount and credit hours declined with a total of 10,301 students enrolled in academic and skilled trades/apprenticeship classes at Delta College, generating 93,529 credit hours. The average student credit hour load decreased slightly to 9.07 credit hours. 62.32% of the students enrolled attended part-time and 38.6% attended full-time. The statistics of the Fall 2013 students are:

Gender:
Female     54.8%
Male          45.2%

Age Distribution:
0-19 years      31.4%
20-24 years    33.8%
25-29 years    12.6%
30-44 years    16.7%
45 and over      5.5%

Class Designation:                       
Freshman     64.8%                      
Sophomores  35.2%

Ethnic Background:
African American      9.5%
Native American        0.5%
Asian                                .8%
Caucasian                  79.5%
Hispanic                       6.2%
International               0.2%
Multi-racial                  1.9%
Non-Coded                 1.4%

Student enrollment patterns during the Fall 2013 semester indicated that:
Attending Day hours only               26.7%
Day and Evening Combination     60.1%
Evening Hours Only                               5.9%
Weekends Only                                         0.1%
Distance Education Only                     7.2%

During the Fall 2014 semester, student headcount and credit hours generated decreased from the previous Fall semester, with a total of 9,842 students enrolled in academic and skilled trades/apprenticeship classes at Delta College generating a total of 89,446 credit hours. The average student credit hour load was 9.08 credit hours, reflecting the fact that 62.52% of the students enrolled attended part-time and 37.48% attended full-time. The statistics of the Fall 2014 students are:

Gender:                                               
Female     55.3%                              
Male          44.7%

Age Distribution:
0-19 years      33.52%
20-24 years    33.28%
25-29 years    12.56%
30-44 years    15.61%
45 and over      5.05%

Class Designation:                       
Freshman     64.04%                      
Sophomores  35.96%

Geographic Distribution:
Bay County                  27.33%
Midland County         15.81%
Saginaw County         41.73%
Tuscola County              5.77%
Huron County                2.02%
Arenac County               1.54%
Other Counties               5.75%
Other States                     0.03%

Ethnic Background:

African American     9.41%
Native American        .59%
Asian                              .82%
Caucasian                 79.56%
Hispanic                      6.66%
International              0.20%
Multi-racial                 1.52%
Non-Coded                1.20%

Student enrollment patterns during the Fall 2014 semester indicated that:
Attending Day hours only                  49.28%
Day and Evening Combination        35.36%
Evening hours only                                   5.59%
Weekends only                                            0.30%
Distance Education Only                        9.47%

b) Project enrollment patterns over the next five years (including distance learning initiatives):
In Fall 2010 semester, enrollment increased with an additional 230 students enrolling generating an additional 2,205 credit hours. In the Fall 2011 semester, enrollments remained very strong with 11,498 students enrolled. While Delta College enrollments were on the increase for several years (as documented below), enrollment declined Fall 2012, Fall 2013, and Fall 2014. The decreases in enrollments that the College is experiencing can be attributed to some changing characteristics of the Great Lakes Bay Region (College’s district) population. Some of the factors leading to a “shifting” enrollment are as follows:

While in some parts of the country, secondary enrollments are increasing, this is not the case in the Great Lakes Bay Region. There has been an enrollment decline in both Bay and Saginaw County traditional secondary schools. From 1994 to 1999, high school graduates in Saginaw County public schools declined by 3%, and in Bay County the graduates declined by 7.5%. There was a slight “bubble” or increase in enrollment for Bay and Saginaw County public school students who entered the 10th grade in Fall 1999, however, student enrollments have declined in a majority of the lower grades. This decline is related to lower birth rates and an increasing out-migration due to regional economic conditions. Currently, data is not available to identify the numbers of secondary students enrolled in charter schools or being home schooled. However, environmental scanning indicates that the numbers of secondary school aged students enrolled in these alternatives are increasing, and additional K-8 charter schools have opened.

Since Delta College has continued to enroll a large percentage of high school graduates from Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties (approximately 27% of June graduates enroll the following fall semester at Delta College), this enrollment will continue and perhaps slightly decrease in the next few years. However, enrollment declines from recent high school graduates are expected to be off-set by the increased enrollment of out-district high school graduates (Tuscola and Huron Counties), dual enrolled high school students who are enrolled either in charter schools or being home schooled; or who are participating in advanced/dual enrollment opportunities; students enrolling in online/distance education courses; and students who could enroll in a four-year institution who choose a more affordable community college. The enrollment of current or laid-off
workers pursuing job training/retraining has been flat but as new industries continue hiring over the next 24-36 months, it is anticipated that training opportunities for dislocated and adult workers (and their enrollment) will decline.

One of the primary reasons for the changes in enrollment (and increases through 2011-12) at Delta College is the current Great Lakes Bay Region’s employment climate. In the past few years, the region has gone from experiencing the highest percentage of employment since statistics were gathered to a high percentage of layoffs and business closures, especially in the automotive manufacturing sector. These layoffs are significant in that manufacturing represents the high-wage industrial sector in the region. As the unemployment rate increased to over 15%, College enrollments increased. The enrollment is "shifting" as an increasing percentage of students enroll in career education/occupational programs to enter or re-enter the workforce and a greater number of students are enrolling while maintaining either full or part-time employment.

The current employment status of the area may also account for the increased enrollment
in distance learning instructional options. This alternative delivery system allows students the opportunity to pursue their education at their own time/pace and they are able to easily adjust their educational schedule to their work/employment schedule. While a majority of students who enroll in distance learning options also enroll simultaneously in courses provided through traditional delivery (face-to-face), the percentage of Delta College students who only enrolled in distance learning has increased from 2.4% in Fall 2005 to 9.74% during the Fall 2014 semester. However, more significant is that the number of credit hours generated by students only enrolling in distance learning classes has increased from 5,184 (Fall 2009) to 8,708 (Fall 2014). Delta College is currently developing additional distance learning options to increase the access to postsecondary education for the residents of the College's district. The College received approval in August 2002 from the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association to offer an Associate of Arts degree totally through distance education, and received accreditation to offer all Associate degrees (with the exception of Fine Arts which was not submitted) via distance education in April 2004. Additional Delta College faculty are obtaining the qualifications to provide instruction through Internet, and they are preparing additional course offerings for distance learning delivery. It is expected that additional distance learning course offerings will be available, and therefore, enrollments are expected to increase proportionally in these courses.

While the College predicts enrollment to decline slightly or remain flat, we are strengthening initiatives such as dual enrollment, community outreach, and our overall marketing strategies to ensure that further declines can be minimized. The goal is to stabilize or increase enrollment even though our environment has changed - resulting in the shift that is mentioned above.

Credit Hours Generated by Division
Fall 2012 - Fall 2016 Semesters

 

Division 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Overall

Health/
Wellness

10,637

10,079

9,779

9,494

9,306

49,295

Business/
Information Technology

16,811

16,748

16,139

14,717

13,807

78,222

English

14,241

12,906

12,633

11,168

11,247

62,195

Humanities

11,052

11,479

10,847

10,364

10,020

53,762

Math

13,068

13,167

11,935

11,409

10,880

60,459

Science

12,804

12,719

12,357

11,956

10,809

60,645

Social Science

19,997

20,353

18,828

18,584

17,856

95,618

Technical/
Skilled Trades

8,716

7,501

6,370

5,836

5,518

33,941

TOTALS

107,326

104,952

98,888

93,528

89,443

494,137

In general, the enrollment trends over the past five years by credit hours generated have remained relatively stable, with increases in the Fall 2009 and 2010 semesters, a decline of 5.78% in Fall 2012, a decline of 5.42% in Fall 2013, and a decline of 4.3% in Fall 2014. In Fall 2014, by academic divisions, the enrollments declined in all divisions except English, with the Business and Information Technology (6.18%), Mathematics (4.64%), Science (9.59%), and Technical Trades and Manufacturing/Skilled Trades (5.45%) divisions exceeding the College average (4.3%).

As a comparison over the past five years: 1) in the Health/Wellness Division, the credits generated declined from the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semester by 1,331 credits (approximately a 12.51% decrease); 2) in the Business and Information Technology Division, the enrollment between the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by approximately 17.87%; 3) in the English division, the enrollment between Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 decreased by approximately 21.02%; 4) in the Humanities division, the enrollment between the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by approximately 9.34%; 5) in the Math division, the enrollment between Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by approximately 16.74%; 6) in the Science division, the enrollment between the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by approximately 15.58%; 7) in the Social Science division, the enrollment between the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by approximately 10.71%; and 8) in the Technical Trades and Manufacturing/Skilled Trades division, the enrollment between the Fall 2010 to the Fall 2014 semesters decreased by 36.69% .

d) Provide instructional staff/student and administrative staff/student ratios for major academic programs or colleges:

The instructional staffing at Delta College has remained fairly constant over the past five years. As faculty positions become vacant, they are reviewed and evaluated by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Vice President of Instruction, and the College's Executive staff prior to posting/refilling the vacancy. This review and evaluation process assures that course and program enrollments are appropriate to assure a faculty load, and positions are posted/refilled by tenure-track positions, one-year appointments, and adjunct faculty based on projected enrollment patterns.

During the Fall 2010 semester, Delta College employed 217 full-time and 348 adjunct faculty in eight academic divisions of the College. Based on the headcount of 11,529 students, the full-time faculty to student ratio averaged 1:53. Including adjunct faculty, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:21. The College employs 139 full-time administrative/professional staff. Therefore, the administrative/professional staff to student ratio is: 1:83.

During the Fall 2011 semester, Delta College employed 216 full-time and 383 adjunct faculty in eight academic divisions of the College. Based on the headcount of 11,498 students, the full-time faculty to student ratio averaged 1:53. Including adjunct faculty, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:19. The College employs 132 full-time administrative/professional staff. Therefore, the administrative/professional staff to student ratio is: 1:87.

During the Fall 2012 semester, Delta College employed 219 full-time and 360 adjunct faculty in eight academic divisions of the College. Based on the headcount of 10,791 students, the full-time faculty to student ratio averaged 1:49. Including adjunct faculty, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:18. The College employs 143 full-time administrative/professional staff. Therefore, the administrative/professional staff to student ratio is: 1:75.

During the Fall 2013 semester, Delta College employed 216 full-time and 360 adjunct faculty in eight academic divisions of the College. Based on the headcount of 10,301 students, the full-time faculty to student ratio averaged 1:47. Including adjunct faculty, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:18. The College employs 133 full-time administrative/professional staff. Therefore, the administrative/professional staff to student ratio is: 1:77.

During the Fall 2014 semester, Delta College employed 214 full-time and 318 adjunct faculty in eight academic divisions of the College. Based on the headcount of 9,842 students, the full-time faculty to student ratio averaged 1:45. Including adjunct faculty, the ratio of faculty to students is 1:15. The College employs 128 full-time administrative/professional staff. Therefore, the administrative/professional staff to student ratio is: 1:76.

e) Project future staffing needs based on 5-year enrollment estimates and future programming changes:
While programming needs and instructional delivery may “shift” based on the needs of the workforce and area residents, Delta College enrollment has declined and is expected to remain fairly stable for the next 2-3 years. Staffing patterns may change to reflect changes in programming; the ratio of faculty in certain disciplines may change to reflect curricula needs (to be identified), and likewise, the College may require faculty with different professional skills/expertise. Staffing needs are reviewed by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Vice President of Instruction, and the College's Executive staff prior to posting/refilling the vacancy. This review and evaluation process assures that course and program enrollments are appropriate to assure a faculty load, and positions are posted/refilled by tenure-track positions, one-year appointments, and adjunct faculty based on projected enrollment patterns. This process assures that student enrollment patterns are addressed and resources are maximized. In several cases, the College has provided retraining opportunities to provide faculty with opportunities to transition into higher demand programs. To maintain staffing flexibility, the College uses non-tenure faculty positions in programmatic areas where the College is unsure of the ongoing instructional need.

f) Identify current average class size and projected average class size based on institution's mission and planned programming changes:
Existing class sizes are anticipated to remain similar to current enrollments. A majority of the College classes enroll 25-30 students per course (average). Average projected class size is 17-20 students.

Section IV - Facilities Assessment

IV. FACILITY ASSESSMENT

A professionally developed comprehensive facilities assessment is required.  The assessment must identify and evaluate the overall condition of capital facilities under college or university control.  The description must include facility age, use patterns, and an assessment of general physical condition.  The assessment must specifically identify:

The conditions of Delta College’s facilities and infrastructure are a key to achieving the
vision and providing students with the competitive edge they will need to be successful in
the future. Beginning in 1990, College staff and consultants have conducted a
comprehensive review of the College’s facilities in order to assess their capacity to
support the new programs and methods of delivery which are key to achieving the
program objectives of the College. As a result of this assessment, four major problems
were identified:

Technical Obsolescence
Delta’s facilities were designed to support the way instruction was delivered four decades
ago. Classrooms and laboratories had blackboards and some equipment for teaching and
running experiments based on instruction from the teacher. The general delivery process
was a lecture type mode, in which information was primarily passed from instructor to
student in a classroom or laboratory. These types of spaces are inadequate for taking
advantage of the advances in technology needed to prepare a workforce for an
information society. Teaching today requires immediate access to information from the
INTERNET; instructors are presenting information in a much more interactive manner
that requires video projection and computer capabilities in each classroom or laboratory.
Learning is now taking place in small group discussion sessions that requires more
flexibility in the configuration of spaces.

Lack of Space
Delta College ranks 18 out of 28 Michigan community colleges in the amount of square
feet per fiscal year equated student (FYES). Although this has caused the College to
maximize the use of existing facilities, this concentrated student use, coupled with several
decades of normal facilities deterioration, has left the College with a somewhat “worn”
environment, which is not conducive to optimal learning.

Accessibility
Many areas of the campus) are in need of renovations and revisions to meet the
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which guarantees the disabled
equal access to facilities. These issues of access impact significantly on the physically
challenged, who are covered by the ADA provisions but also have an impact on
accessibility of many others, most notably senior citizens. The College is committed to
removing these physical barriers to the campus community.

Worn Infrastructure
In 1990 the firm of Manyam and Associates, Inc. was hired to conduct a Comprehensive
Energy Systems / Facilities Audit. (See copy of the Executive summary and cost
estimates in the 1991 Physical and Environmental Study). The facilities audit and a
telecommunications master plan were completed in the summer of 1991. They identified
architectural, mechanical, electrical and telecommunication renovation, repair and
upgrade needs totaling approximately $20.5 million dollars. The following are a few
examples of the findings of the Comprehensive Energy Systems/Facility Audit.

Architectural:
The original building and some of the older additions are in poor condition and need renovations.  There is water and moisture damage in the F-wing, N-wing, S-wing and tunnels.  The B-wing and N-wing show signs of structural movement causing masonry failures.  The general appearance of the building including entrance doors, toilet rooms, fascia's and soffits require some renovating.  The toilet rooms of this facility generally need to be renovated and updated to meet barrier-free requirements.

Mechanical:
  The individual wing heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems generally consist of unit ventilators for classrooms and multizone air handling units for office, corridors, the gymnasium and other miscellaneous areas.  The majority of the systems are quite old and are becoming maintenance problems.  This is especially true of the multiple unit ventilation systems throughout the facility.  Manyam and Associates recommends replacing the existing unit ventilator systems with central air handling unit systems with variable air volume boxes for zone control.  They also recommend replacing the existing multizone air handling with variable air volume air handling units and V.A.V. boxes.

The HPER building (N-wing area) is the portion of the existing facility that has the most critical H.V.A.C problems.  This area consists of the natatorium, gymnasium, racquetball courts and locker rooms.  The natatorium uses 100% outside air for ventilation and still cannot take care of the high humidity problem.  This extreme high humidity problem is causing damage to the structure of the building.  The exterior face brick is spalling due to this problem.  Manyam and Associates recommends the installation of a special heating and ventilating air handling unit designed specifically for natatorium applications.

Electrical:
  Lighting levels in general are at acceptable but not excessive levels.  The existing fixtures are well maintained in their present condition; however, with a major ceiling replacement project, new fixtures should be installed.

Another area, which needs a campus-wide evaluation, is the means of egress during an emergency or power failure condition.  Increased awareness of this issue is presented in the latest versions of the Life Safety Code.  A stand by generator to support an emergency egress lighting system is proposed.

Lighting panels throughout the facility vary in manufacturer and age.  Circuit breakers for some types are no longer available.  As revisions to circuitry for new equipment and other remodeling take place, problems are encountered in providing additional branch circuits. Upon introduction of extensive computer equipment into various spaces, rewiring of existing receptacles must be addressed.  Grounding and surge protection for proper computer operations also needs evaluation as these systems are introduced through the facility.

 Also in 1990 CC&I Engineering was hired to review existing telecommunications capability at Delta College and prepare a telecommunications master plan. (See copy of the Executive summary and cost estimates in the 1991 Telecommunications Master Plan).  The purpose of the Telecommunications plan was to develop a blueprint for the effective use of technology as the College prepares to meet the educational challenges of the nineties and beyond through the innovative use of telecommunication technology, in support of both internal operations and service to students and the community.  A principal goal in the study was to determine how telecommunications might be used to bring these services to students on campus and to citizens throughout the district.  The major recommendations of the study were as follows:

Replace the current wiring system with a new “Campus backbone and building wiring system.”  This system would consist of a new physical wiring plant for the University Center Campus.  The purpose of the wiring system is to effectively provide a “common highway” or “pipe” extending to all campus buildings on the main campus which would serve as the primary transmission media for all voice, video, and data communications.

Purchase electronic equipment for the fiber optic cable facilities to establish a Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) data network.  The FDDI system will provide a high capacity data highway or “backbone” consisting of fiber optic cable and transmission components.  The backbone will run throughout the campus.  The FDDI backbone will tie all Local Area Networks (LANs) together, and will serve as the common high-speed “highway” for all data traffic between LANs and other computing devices (e.g., mainframes) that support an FDDI interface.

For voice services it is recommended that the existing Dimension 2000 switch be replaced with a new common control digital voice/data switch.  The proposed voice switch, in addition to handling voice traffic, will switch data at 19.2 Kbps - 64 Kbps, will operate on unshielded twisted pair cabling, will include auto attendant, voice mail, Touch Tone student registration, facilities management system, and possibly an automatic call distributor.

To meet the increasing demand for electronic teaching aids in the classroom, the College should install a new multi-media delivery system designed to automate the task of delivering audiovisual aids to the classroom.  The system would eliminate the time consuming and costly task of transporting A/V equipment to the classroom on bulky carts. The new system would consist of a centralized facility where VCR’s, CD ROM’s, and other video/audio playback devices would be located.  To receive videotape programs, graphics images, and computer displays etc, in the classroom, the instructor would use a remote control device to control the remotely located playback/computer equipment.  Video monitors would be placed in the classroom.  The interconnection between the remote playback equipment and the classroom control and monitor equipment would be over the new fiber optic cable facilities.  This system is an important step towards innovation because for the first time in history this equipment will begin to allow the full integration of video, computers, and voice over the same media.  Instructors and students will have an immense array of instructional information available to them with just the touch of a fingertip.  This system is at the heart of an integrated technologies network that includes the switching and routing equipment for video broadcasting (PBS & ITFS) and the interactive video network to the Off-Campus Centers and high schools.

Establish an interconnection facility to link the Off-Campus Centers with the main campus voice, video, and data network.  With two-way interactive video links back to the University Center Campus, each Off-Campus Center will effectively become a hub for interconnecting to high schools in their areas.  Extending facilities out into the district should result in lower access costs for high schools, since they would only have to lease or build facilities to the nearest hub, rather than all the way back to the University Center Campus.

To effectively manage all of the activities associated with the video educational technologies recommended in the Master Plan, purchasing of equipment to efficiently handle the distribution of video signals between video sources and video destinations.

In 1992, the firms of Dow Howell Gillmore & Associates, Inc., Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates, Inc. and Macmillan Associates, Inc. (The Delta Collaborative) were hired to update the college Master Plan and prepare a program statement for a Phase One project.  The planning process included meetings with various groups on campus and identified new space requests totaling 335,243 sq. ft.  The Master Plan proposed that the new facilities would be developed in phases.  The Phase One project, the Science and Learning Technology Facility provided approximately 90,000 sq. ft. of new space and renovated approximately 100,000 sq. ft(See the 1992 Facilities Master Plan).

In October 1993, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools conducted an accreditation visit to Delta College.  After reviewing the College’s self study, interviewing faculty, staff, and students, and touring the facilities, they noted the following concerns related to facilities.

The College should develop a comprehensive plan for maintenance and improvement of facilities; establish priorities, and engage in planning which involves both building and renovating facilities, and operating them.

The College needs to address the issues of funding, not only for major projects, but also for routine and preventative maintenance of buildings and grounds.

Overcrowding in the main building distracts from the College’s aesthetic appeal and causes some programs/offices to utilize hallways and open spaces to transact their business.

Budget constraints, continued cutbacks in staffing and crowded operational space are increasing concerns that need to be addressed.

Short and long-term strategies to fund capital improvement projects and deferred maintenance and equipment need to be developed.

 (See copy of the 1993 NCAA Self-Study Report Overview/Table of Contents and Physical Resources Committee Report).

As a result of the deficiencies identified in the comprehensive facilities review, the College developed a Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program.  When completed this renewal and upgrade program will provide the College with the facilities necessary to provide our students with a competitive advantage in the workplace and at baccalaureate institutions.

Upgrades Completed or in Progress

From 1993 through 1996, the college completed significant upgrades to our central energy plant and other energy-related improvements with financial assistance from Department of Energy grants and Consumers Energy “Reduce the Use” grants.  The projects were as follows:

Building Automation System – Replaced our outdated energy management system with a new “Facility Management System – (FMS)” which includes all of the equipment control functions and building information management in a single system architecture. The system is fully integrated and fully interactive integrating software into distributed hardware to perform traditional “Building Automation System – (BAS)”, “Energy Management System – (EMS)” and “Direct Digital Controls – (DDC)” functions in a single network.

Chilled Water Plant – Existing R-11 refrigerant chillers were replaced with new R-123 chillers. Other chiller plant improvements included a thermal ice storage system, variable speed drive pumps and new cooling towers.

Boilers – Existing boilers were replaced with equipment sized to better match our current and projected loads.

Lighting Retrofit – Existing fluorescent lighting fixtures were converted to new electronic ballast and T-8 (32 watt) lamps.

Motor Replacement – Selected standard motors were replaced with high efficiency motors.

In 1996 the college established an annual budget allocation for Facility Maintenance and Equipment Replacement which currently amounts to $1.0 million annually.  This funding combined with other local funding has allowed the college to address a portion of the serious needs identified through formal assessment and master planning.  One of the major projects completed was repairs to the exterior building envelope of the Allied Health Building (F Wing).

The first major phase of our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, the Science and Learning Technology Facility project, was completed in 1999.  It upgraded approximately 20 percent of our facilities, this project included major renovations and additions to the science areas, including the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology.  It also converted the library into a true learning resource center, enhancing the function of distance learning, and allowing for the implementation of new instructional technologies.  This project included significant upgrades to our telecommunications infrastructure, including the installation of a new “Campus backbone and building wiring system.”  Electronic equipment was installed for the fiber optic cable facilities to establish a Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) data network.  Our voice communications system was also replaced with a new common control digital voice switch which included auto attendant, voice mail, touch tone student registration and an automatic call distributor.

The second phase of the Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, referred to as Campus Renovation II, was completed in February 2004.  It was a broad-based program designed to address a large segment of the remaining critical facilities needs.

Campus Renovation II - Project A consisted of approximately 48,749 square feet of new space and approximately 96,111 square feet of renovated space.  The project included our Automotive, Construction Technology, Welding, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Machine Tool, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Advanced Manufacturing, Motion Control, Metallurgy, Skilled Trades, General Education and Humanities Programs.

In addition to each of the program components, this project addressed several facility inadequacies that cross programs.  The Fine Arts Building and parts of the main campus building (L, and M Wings) will receive general upgrades to finishes, and modern mechanical and electrical systems, as well as replacement of outmoded and inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  The 28 year old roof of the Fine Arts Building was also replaced.

Campus Renovation II Project - B consisted of approximately 3,170 square feet of new space and approximately 105,958 square feet of renovated space.  The project included our Health and Wellness, General Education and Humanities, Telecommunications and Student and Support Services Areas.  In addition to each of the program components, this project addressed several facility inadequacies that cross programs.  These included exterior wall repairs in the HPER Building (Physical Education), and the Pioneer Gymnasium, which were all badly deteriorating.  The Lecture Theatre received general upgrades to finishes, and modern mechanical and electrical systems, as well as replacement of outmoded and inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

In October 2003, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools again conducted an accreditation visit to Delta College.  After reviewing the College’s self study, interviewing faculty, staff, and students, and touring the facilities, they noted the following related to facilities.

Recent capital improvements and expansion resulted from local capital drives and presentation of strong projects that garnered matching funds from the state.  No debt was incurred.  The college has taken strong, positive steps to develop and maintain facilities responsive to the needs of the community.

The two phases of facilities construction and renovation plus the completion of an updated facility master plan will ensure the survival of the college in the future.

Equipment and facilities are arranged not only to support programs and services, but also foster cross-disciplinary activities and development.

Since 1993, there has been a significant upgrade to the energy plan along with appropriate plans for facility maintenance and equipment upgrades.

The off-campus centers are maintained, well equipped and functional. They provide expanded opportunities within the service area and demonstrate that partnerships with school districts can maximize tax dollars and meet community-learning needs.

There is a well-organized and integrated technological environment. The information technology infrastructure is laudable and has been driven by a well crafted plan that has been reviewed, updated, and well financed by local funds, state funds and technology fees.

Facilities are well organized and are appropriate to general education, transfer, business and industry needs for credit and noncredit offerings.

The new and remodeled facilities are the result of effective facility planning and evidence that this will continue for the future.

(See copy of the 2003 NCAA Self-Study Report Table of Contents and Physical Resources/Facilities section).

The third phase of our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, entitled J Wing and East Courtyard Renovations, was completed in September 2005.  The project included extensive renovations to J Wing and minor renovations to H wing and the East Courtyard Areas designed to address facilities needs in the following areas:

General Education & Business Programs included renovated space to enhance general classrooms and computer training laboratories.

Faculty and Staff Development Office included redesign of areas for Instructional Support Services, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, eLearning, eDesign, Employee Training Center and general Faculty Offices.

Business Resources Center included office space for Corporate Services, Workforce Development Center and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

This project involved approximately 34,900 gross square feet of renovated space with a small addition of approximately 650 square feet.  In addition to each of the program components, the project addressed several facility inadequacies that crossed programs.  These included parts of the main campus building (J and H Wings, and East Courtyard areas) which was upgraded to meet ADA and Barrier Free requirements and received general updates to finishes, mechanical, electrical and the addition of fire sprinkler systems.  The work also included replacement of approximately 36,000 square feet of insulation, roofing and coping on the J and H Wings and the East Main Corridor.

The fourth phase of the Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, referred to as Health and Wellness Programs – F wing, was designed to address the College’s critical facilities needs to support our Allied Health and Nursing programs.  Specific program elements affected included Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene, Medical Assistant, Radiography,

Respiratory Care, Surgical Technologist/Surgical First Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician and Nursing.  Other elements of the project included a Health Promotions and Awareness Clinic, Multi-Disciplinary Health Laboratory, Multi-Discipline Simulation Rooms, Critical Care Simulation Area and Multi-Media Laboratory/Video Slide Room.

The College submitted a Capital Outlay Request for this project for nine consecutive years beginning in fall 2002 through fall 2010.  On December 21, 2010 the State of Michigan approved Public Act 329 of 2010 which included the planning authorization for the project.  Our Program Statement and Schematic Design Plans were submitted to the State Budget Office on September 23, 2011.  On June 26, 2012 the State of Michigan approved Public Act 192 of 2012 which provided the final approval and included the construction authorization for our project.

Construction bids were received in November 2012, reviewed and contracts awarded in December 2012.  On-site construction started in February 2013 and was completed on August 30, 2013.  The building opened for Fall 2013 classes on September 4, 2013 as scheduled.

The next phase of our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, referred to as the Saginaw Center Project, responds to the need for upgrades and expansion of our center located in Saginaw County bringing it to a condition consistent with the main campus facilities and our Bay City Planetarium and Learning Center.  Delta currently leases a 1950s era elementary school in the Buena Vista area.  The proposed new facility will be designed to be flexible to teach general education, skilled trades, healthcare, and other career courses.  It will include high level technology, special use training rooms, eight to ten classrooms, and basic science and computer labs, to strengthen Delta’s ability to deliver the highest caliber of college education and work force training.  It will also provide multi-purpose rooms/labs, student services and administrative support spaces. 

The only alternative to continuing our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program that seems to be a possibility would be to lease other facilities in the service area to offer instruction.  For the past 40 years, Delta has been challenged to find an appropriate building and design within the Saginaw community. The search has only led to depressed structures with physical, technical, and aesthetic deficiencies. 

Thus, in order to provide the Saginaw community and Delta students with quality education, services and a learning environment conducive to educational excellence, Delta College offers a proposal for the construction of a new off-campus center in Saginaw.  In addition, the cost to re-purpose, re-design and renovate buildings that are 50-75 years old can exceed the cost to build new, especially when future operating costs are factored in to the equation.

Since 1973 Delta has been offering college courses in old elementary and high school buildings in Saginaw.  This project is proposed to replace the current 21,500 square feet leased 1950s elementary building in Buena Vista.  We are committed to creating a Saginaw Center that provides college level educational opportunities and matches the standards and quality that exist at the Delta College’s primary campus. 

During the past two years, Delta College worked with external consultants (with support from Saginaw Future Inc. and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce) to evaluate the efficacy of reprogramming, expanding, contracting, and/or relocating the Saginaw Center.  The evaluation addressed enrollment changes, readiness, program delivery, middle college academy concept, and market-driven asset realignment.  Analyzing our community, its citizens and the needs of business and industry reinforced our belief that a new Saginaw Center is an appropriate capital investment at this time.

Delta College has reviewed options to address the leased, very old, unusable site we currently occupy.  Through that process, we reviewed the viability of repurposing currently available, old buildings.  However, our detailed assessment has led us to the decision that a new Downtown Saginaw location would provide the highest accessibility and would offer potential partnerships with other institutions (CMU Medical School) as well as businesses (Nexteer, regional medical facilities, Morley Companies, Merrill Technology, Hemlock Semiconductor).  These and other companies that are growing have indicated they would likely look to Delta College graduates as a feeder for new employees.

College facilities and infrastructure are key to providing students with the competitive edge they need to be successful now and in the future.  We believe it is critical that we offer college students, many of them adults who are investing their own time and money, the opportunity to achieve state of the art training and credentials (certificates and degrees) in a facility designed for this purpose, not a facility designed to teach elementary and high school children.  This project would help improve current facility utilization and infrastructure by providing an environment that allows a larger variety of courses and the opportunity for complete Associate Degrees and Certificates to be offered in a college campus environment; not an elementary or high school environment.

Without proper facilities and the technological capacity to meet the emerging educational demands of residents and employers, in a cost-effective manner, Delta College will not be able to excel in meeting our educational mission.  The proposed Saginaw Center project will provide vastly improved capabilities to meet increasing demands for post-secondary educational training and student success.

6) Facilities Condition Analysis

In the fall of 2000, the firm of Duce Simmons Associates was hired to complete a Facilities Condition Analysis and develop a database that could be updated annually.  Attached is a copy of the updated Inventory and Deferred Maintenance Capital Planning Database Report.

7) Master Plan

In 2002, the firm of JJR was hired to update the campus master plan.  Attached is a copy of the updated 2002 Campus Master Plan.

a) Summary description of each facility (administrative, classroom, biology, hospital, etc.) according to categories outlined in “net-to-gross ratio guidelines for various building types,” DMB-Office of Design and Construction Major Project Design Manual, appendix 7. If facility is of more than one “type”, please identify the percentage of each type within a given facility.

See IV.  Opening Response, “Facilities Inventory and Deferred Maintenance Capital Planning Database” by Duce Simmons Associates.  This report identifies percentage of building type for each facility.

We are working on a more detailed database which when finished will have the capabilities to provide accurate net-to-gross ratio calculations based on use types.

b) Building and/or classroom utilization rates (Percentage of rooms used, and percent capacity). Identify building/classroom usage rates for peak (M-F, 10-3), off-peak (M-F, 8-10 am., 3-5 pm.), evening and weekend periods.

Please see attached 2015 Classroom Utilization Report

c) Mandated facility standards for specific programs, where applicable (i.e. federal/industry standards for laboratory, animal, or agricultural research facilities, hospitals, use of industrial machinery, etc.).

Pending further clarification and definition of mandated standards or potential specific grant requirements, this section does not appear to apply to Delta College facilities.

d) Functionality of existing structures and space allocation to program areas served.

Pending further clarification of specific requirements under this section, functionality of existing structures and space allocation to program areas has not been specifically addressed, but has been generally incorporated into the opening response at Section IV., Facility Assessment; and Priorities #1, #2, #3 and #4, Section V., Implementation Plan a).

e) Replacement value of existing facilities (insured value of structure to the extent available).

Please see attached 2014 Insurance Appraisal of Delta College.

f) Utility system condition (i.e., heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), water and sewage, electrical, etc.).

See Section IV. Opening response; and Priority #1, Emergency/Essential Power System Upgrades and Priority #5, Central Heating and Cooling System Upgrades in Section V., Implementation Plan f).

g) Facility infrastructure condition (i.e. roads, bridges, parking structures, lots, etc.).

See Section IV. Opening response; and Priority #2, #4 and #6 in Section V., Implementation Plan f), Maintenance Schedule for Roads and Parking Lots.

h) Adequacy of existing utilities and infrastructure systems to current and 5-year projected programmatic needs.

Our current utilities and infrastructure systems are adequate to meet our planned needs.
Appropriate modifications and changes will be incorporated into each project.

See Section IV. Opening response; and Priorities #1 and #5 Section V., Implementation Plan f).

i) Does the institution have an enterprise-wide energy plan? What are its goals?  Have energy audits been completed on all facilities, if not, what is the plan/timetable for completing such audits?     

Although the College does not have a formal enterprise-wide energy plan, we have adopted a comprehensive sustainability plan, see attached, and are currently working with Consumers Energy as a pilot facility for their Existing Building Commission Program.

As one of five Michigan signatory colleges to the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, Delta College agreed to initiate activities designed to move the campus towards climate neutrality.

Our Campus Sustainability Plan is a roadmap for creating a path toward a sustainable campus.  Delta College is committed to reducing its carbon footprint while also planning for future growth and development.  The plan specifically targets our campus carbon footprint with consideration for the improvement of the local environment and quality of life in Michigan.

The plan focuses on activities, practices, and processes which directly impact campus greenhouse gas emissions and those which indirectly may influence emissions. Within those areas, we consider: Operations (buildings, transportation, waste management, energy, purchasing, and auxiliary services); Education (curriculum, research, professional development); Administration & Finance (infrastructure, investment, planning).  Our goal is to systematically incorporate sustainable practices and decision processes throughout our operations and academic curriculum and to serve as a catalyst for awareness and education throughout the College community.

Delta College is also a voluntary signatory of the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS).  STARS is a self-reporting benchmark which gages progress in areas such as academics, public engagement, purchasing, dining services, buildings and grounds, coordination and planning, and diversity and affordability. The College participated in a 2008 pilot rating which set the foundation for future measurements and a formal benchmark report submitted in 2011 for which the college earned a high rating. In 2016, the College will participate in an expanded version of STARS to benchmark our progress. STARS enables our campus to track meaningful comparisons over time and across similar institutions and create incentives for continual improvement. It allows for   information sharing among higher education institutions and promotes a comprehensive understanding of sustainability.

Long before greening and sustainability were buzzwords, conservation, efficiency, and recycling were standard operating practices based on efficiency, cost savings, and environmental awareness.  This history of successful environmentally-conscious ventures has evolved into a holistic approach to campus sustainability. 

In 1990, the College hired Manyam and Associates, Inc. to conduct a Comprehensive Energy Systems/Facilities Audit.  (See copy of the Executive summary and cost estimates in the 1991 Physical and Environmental Study).

As a result of information documented in this Comprehensive Energy Systems/ Facilities Audit, from 1993 through 1996 the college completed significant upgrades to our central energy plant and other energy-related improvements with financial assistance from Department of Energy grants and Consumers Energy “Reduce the Use” grants.  The projects were as follows:

Building Automation System – Replaced our outdated energy management system with a new “Facility Management System – (FMS)” which includes all of the equipment control functions and building information management in a single system architecture. The system is fully integrated and fully interactive integrating software into distributed hardware to perform traditional “Building Automation System – (BAS)”, “Energy Management System – (EMS)” and “Direct Digital Controls – (DDC)” functions in a single network.

Chilled Water Plant – Existing R-11 refrigerant chillers were replaced with new R-123 chillers. Other chiller plant improvements included a thermal ice storage system, variable speed drive pumps and new cooling towers.

Boilers – Existing boilers were replaced with equipment sized to better match our current and projected loads.

Lighting Retrofit – Existing fluorescent lighting fixtures were converted to new electronic ballast and T-8 (32 watt) lamps.

Motor Replacement – Selected standard motors were replaced with high efficiency motors.

In addition to the above energy related projects, in 1997 the College began the first major phase of our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, the Science and Learning Technology Facility project, which was completed in 1999.  It upgraded approximately 20 percent of our facilities, including major renovations and additions to the science areas, including the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology.  It also converted the library into a true-learning resource center, enhancing the function of distance learning, and allowing for the implementation of new instructional technologies.

The second phase of the Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, referred to as Campus Renovation II, was completed in February 2004.  It was a broad-based program designed to address a large segment of the remaining critical facilities needs.

Campus Renovation II - Project A consisted of approximately 48,749 square feet of new space and approximately 96,111 square feet of renovated space.  The project included our Automotive, Construction Technology, Welding, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Machine Tool, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Advanced Manufacturing, Motion Control, Metallurgy, Skilled Trades, General Education and Humanities Programs.

Campus Renovation II - Project B consisted of approximately 3,170 square feet of new space and approximately 105,958 square feet of renovated space.  The project included our Health and Wellness, General Education and Humanities, Telecommunications and Student and Support Services Areas.

           

The third phase of our Facilities Renewal and Upgrade Program, entitled J Wing and East Courtyard Renovations, was completed in September 2005.  The project included extensive renovations to J Wing and minor renovations to H wing and the East Courtyard Areas designed to address facilities needs in the following areas:

General Education & Business Programs included renovated space to enhance general classrooms and computer training laboratories.

Faculty and Staff Development Office included redesign of areas for Instructional Support Services, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, eLearning, eDesign, Employee Training Center and general Faculty Offices.

Business Resources Center included office space for Corporate Services, Workforce Development Center and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

This project involved approximately 34,900 gross square feet of renovated space with a small addition of approximately 650 square feet.

All of the above projects were designed to meet or exceed the energy codes at the time.  Examples of some of the components included in the designs were heat recovery coils in the ventilation system for our science and automobile labs, variable frequency drives on HVAC motors and pumps, a heat recovery air handling unit for our swimming pool, additional thermal ice storage tanks for our chilled water system and white reflective roofing.

In 2008, the college completed a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for the main campus spanning 1999-2008.  As a method to reduce our campus carbon footprint, a four day work week (Green Fridays) was piloted.  We have since conducted annual greenhouse gas inventories which include GHG Emissions.

In May 2009, the Delta College Board of Trustees supported a recommendation by the Delta College Senate to revise Senate Policy 1.007 to incorporate Sustainability into our Guiding Principles.

Delta College is committed to promoting learning, actions and practices that incorporate social, environmental, and economic sustainability in our communities.

 

The four day work week was expanded beyond the 2008 pilot to a 10 week program in the Spring/Summer 2009 and is currently incorporated into our annual schedule.

We are currently working with Consumers Energy to implement energy conservation measures as part of their energy conservation incentive rebate program.  We have been selected to participate in their Existing Building Commission Pilot program (“EBCx”).

The first step of the program included an energy audit with energy recommendations.  Our facility was benchmarked versus similar facilities in our region to determine whether we are a high or low energy user.  The remaining part of the EBCx program was separated into three phases to evaluate what activities are most cost effective for Delta College and Consumers Energy’s Energy Optimization program. These three phases are detailed below.

Phase I: Energy Audit/O&M Review
This phase involves a thorough review of operations and maintenance practices to ensure the facility is being operated in compliance with the current facility requirements (CFR). The investigations in this phase are centered on identifying low and no cost facility improvement measures that can result in reduced energy consumption and improved facility performance. Customers will receive training at the end of this phase on maintaining the CFR, O&M best practices and how to maintain the facility improvements identified in this phase.

Engineers hired by Consumers Energy completed their initial site survey in November 2009 and Consumers Energy delivered the Phase I report on February 11, 2010.  (See attached Executive Summary of the Consumers Energy EBCx Operations & Maintenance Report).

Phase II: Systems Commissioning
This phase utilizes performance testing, trending and metering to ensure that the existing systems are capable of meeting the current facility requirements (CFR). Measures identified during these investigations correspond with repairs, upgrades, and capitol planning that will allow existing systems to operate within the required parameters. For larger systems, sampling of similar components will be encouraged to contain costs. Customers will receive training at the end of this phase on maintaining the systems commissioning and how to maintain the facility improvements identified in this phase.

Based on the information obtained in the Phase I analysis, engineers hired by Consumers Energy developed a systems commissioning plan.  The Phase II Systems Commissioning Kick-off meeting was held in April 2010.  The engineers completed function testing in July 2010 and Consumers Energy delivered their Phase II report on October 15, 2010.  (See attached Executive Summary of the Consumers Energy EBCx Systems Commissioning Report). Many of the Facility Improvement Measures (FIM’s) identified in the Phase I and II reports are being implemented or will be included in the Phase III Systems Optimization Plans.

Phase III: Systems Optimization
The final phase of the EBCx program will involve introducing more complex high performance building operation strategies. This phase builds on the work done in the prior phases to introduce the cutting edge practices that are being created and introduced for today’s high performance buildings. Customers will receive training from the retro-commission service provider (RSP) at the end of this phase on how to maintain the facility improvements identified in this phase, incorporating alarming, and how to utilize BAS trending effectively.

Since 2009 the college has implemented a number of lighting replacement and control projects, modified the ventilation systems serving our automotive training facilities and completed major upgrades to our chilled water plant.  These improvements and changes made as a result of the audit and in consultation with Consumers Energy have contributed to a 22.7 percent reduction in our annual electricity usage and a 28.2 percent reduction in gas usage from 2008 through 2012.  We are currently upgrading our building automation systems which when completed will improve our monitoring, scheduling and temperature control functions.

In 2012 the college completed the phase one upgrades of our existing central heating and cooling systems with the main objective to reduce our total electric and gas consumption and thereby also reducing the overall carbon footprint of the facility.  Combined the current central heating and central cooling plant produce approximately 5301 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

By implementing this project the potential natural gas consumption reduction would represent over 35,000 MCF of gas at a savings of $280,000 and lowers CO2 emissions by almost 1900 metric tons per year.  The potential electric consumption reduction would represent approximately 280,000 kWh of electricity at a savings of over $18,500 and lowers CO2 emissions by 106 metric tons per year.  The combined totals equal $298,500 in energy savings and a reduction of over 2000 metric tons of CO2 emissions produced by the facility.  In addition to the reduction in energy consumption, this project will result in additional significant energy cost savings by reducing and / or eliminating the need to run a chiller during the peak electrical period.  The estimated annual savings is approximately $52,000.  This equals a combined projected energy cost savings of $350,500.

Implementation of this project will update the College to the latest in Green Technologies with such items as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Expansion of the existing ice storage system (Completed in 2012)
  • High efficiency condensing boiler technology
  • Geothermal chiller/heat recovery system, which can provide free heating during simultaneous heating and cooling needs of the campus
  • High efficiency condensing domestic hot water heating system
  • Chemical-free cooling tower treatment system to eliminate the need for harmful chemicals and save chemical costs (completed in 2012)
  • Condenser water strainer to improve chiller and cooling tower performance and greatly reduce cold water make-up requirements (completed in 2012)

These upgrades will provide the College with the most energy efficient heating and cooling systems and offer the greatest flexibility of operation and take advantage of peak efficiencies during all types of weather.

The project is divided into three major components.  Although the first two components can be completed independently they are required in order to implement the third component.  All three components will need to be completed to achieve the maximum energy savings.

Cooling System Renovations and Upgrades (completed in 2012)
This portion of the project involves upgrading two existing 750 ton chillers, replacement of 354 ton steam absorption chiller with new 750 ton chiller with ice making capabilities, note: this removes steam load in preparation for hot water conversion of heating system, installation of 21 ice tanks or 3,500 ton hours to bring campus back to full ice storage.

The project would also include the upgrade of related pumping systems, cooling towers and electrical components to support the new plant. 

Hybrid Hot Water Boiler System
This project involves the conversion of the existing steam heating system to hybrid high efficiency hot water system.  It will include the conversion of two 500 hp steam boilers to hot water boilers, replacement on one 250 hp boiler with four new high efficiency condensing hot water boilers, replacement of the steam domestic water heater with high efficiency condensing water heaters, conversion of 45 air handler steam coils with hot water coils, removal of steam heat exchangers and condensate pumps, installation of new hot water circulating pumps and various other components and controls. 

Simultaneous Heating and Cooling System
This project involves the installation of two new 250 ton heater/chillers, pumps, accessories and VFDs, (200) 300’ deep vertical, 400 ton geothermal bore field, electrical revisions and piping.

F Wing Health Professions Building

In September 2013 after major renovation, the F Wing Health Professions Building was opened for occupancy.  The 93,384 square foot space of this building meets the measures of sustainability for high performance planning, construction, and operation as established by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).  We are currently in the process of applying for LEED® Gold certification. The building is recognized in six key areas of human and environmental health including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.

The building includes energy efficient lighting, water conservation toilet rooms, occupancy sensors, utility metering, water bottle refill stations, green cleaning processes, and recycled materials collection. It features an energy recovery unit which captures heat from the exhaust air and returns it to the mechanical systems for reuse.

In the atrium, a living plant wall spans three stories and enhances indoor air ventilation by removing common air contaminants. A rainwater harvesting system uses captured and filtered rainwater to hydrate the living plant wall and to flush toilets. The site features stormwater detention, water-efficient landscaping that utilizes designs and plants suited to our local conditions.  The site offers alternative transportation by bus, bike, and ride-sharing and parking for energy efficient vehicles.

Much of the furniture and finishes including floor coverings, ceiling tiles, and doors are constructed of rapidly-renewable and recycled materials, advocate cradle-to-cradle concepts, and were regionally manufactured.

By conserving energy and natural resources and using materials that are less impactful to the environment, this building minimizes the emission of greenhouse gases and contributes to a healthier environment for the campus community.  Its energy efficient design lowers our campus operating costs by reducing the consumption of electricity, gas, and water.

j) Land owned by the institution, and include a determination of whether capacity exists for future development, additional acquisitions are needed to meet future demands, or surplus land can be conveyed for a different purpose.

Following is a list of property owned by Delta College.  Sufficient capacity exists for further development.  The College is evaluating additional acquisitions to meet future needs in specific areas of our district:

  1. Main Campus
    1961 Delta Road
    University Center, Michigan 48706
  2. Planetarium & Learning Center
    100 Center Avenue
    Bay City, Michigan 48708
  3. Midland Center
    1025 East Wheeler Street
    Midlan, Michigan 48642
  4. Delta College Sailing School
    303 Sunrise
    Bay City, Michigan 48706
  5. Delta College Gilford Transmitter
    2670 N. Quanicassee Road
    Reese, Michigan 48757

k) What portions of existing buildings, if any, are currently obligated to the State Building Authority and when these State Building Authority leases are set to expire.

All of our current main campus buildings except our Power House, Maintenance Building, T.V. Transmitter Buildings, and the Farmhouse were included in the property that was part of the bonds for our Science & Learning Technology Facility, our Campus Renovation II – Project A Projects and Health and Wellness – F-Wing Renovations project.  See attached campus maps.

The lease for the Science & Learning Technology Facility project is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2034.

The lease for the Campus Renovation II – Project A project is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2039.

The lease for the Health and Wellness – F-Wing Renovations project is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2050.