The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Delta-Montrose Technical College. Announcement of the action was made by Al Salazar, commission chair, following the COE winter meeting of the Council on Occupational Education on Feb. 22.
The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the commission, but also the needs of students, the community and employers.
The commission's evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the commission's member institutions from other states.
Delta-Montrose Technical College was accepted as a candidate for accreditation in September 2013 and began its self-study in October 2013. It underwent a team visit in August 2015. The visiting team chairperson was Bob Naylor.
The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Ga., offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a nonprofit corporation, the mission of the council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. Most of the council's work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education.
Institutional membership in the council is voluntary, but can be achieved only by becoming accredited. The council's current membership makes it unique. Members include postsecondary public technical institutes, specialized military and national defense schools, Job Corps Centers, private career schools, nonprofit technical education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions, at the present time.
Delta-Montrose Technical College offers 57 secondary and postsecondary certificates in 12 different programs. All certificates can be earned in two semesters or less, with many of them only one semester in length.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.