Did You Know?
Davidson County Community College:
- Is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment.
- Students enrolled in advanced manufacturing programs at DCCC use iPads and some of the latest technology and equipment available. The new technology is possible thanks to a $2.67 million grant from the United States Department of Labor – which is DCCC’s portion of an $18.83 million grant awarded in 2011 and shared by a consortium of 10 community colleges in North Carolina.
- Is a recent NC Back-to-Work grant recipient with an award of $514,066. The College plans to leverage the funding to enhance programs in advanced manufacturing, transportation and information technology to support training and retraining for the unemployed and underemployed in the region.
- Received in November 2011 a gift of more than $7.5 million from the late Christine Harris of Lexington. The donation was by far the largest gift to the College and is one of the largest gifts in North Carolina community college history.
- Received national recognition in February 2012 when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis visited the Davidson Campus. Biden told a large crowd assembled in Brinkley Gymnasium that DCCC plays a critical role in educating the workforce to meet emerging business and economic development needs.
- Hosted Emmy-winning wildlife biologist and conservationist Jeff Corwin in April 2012. The internationally known television personality, naturalist, conservationist, author and exotic animal expert gave a private lecture to DCCC’s zoo and aquarium science students prior to his public address. The DCCC program is the only one of its kind in North Carolina, one of only six zoo programs offered nationally and one of two aquarium programs offered nationally.
- Announced in June 2012 plans with East Carolina University to open a community service learning center on its Davidson Campus. The center will bring dental care to low-income, underserved residents and will provide educational opportunities to ECU’s dental students. The $3 million, 8,000-square-foot facility – with building construction planned for spring 2013 – will serve fourth-year dental students and dental residents from ECU.
- Held its first summer STEM camps in 2012 for 1st through 8th graders on campus. The Big Brain Camp for rising 1st – 3rd graders and the STEM Camp for rising 4th – 8th graders were hugely successful in introducing students to everything from LEGO Mindstorm robotics to balsa wood bridge engineering.
- Prides itself on its global perspective – with international travel for students, international students on campus and a Fulbright Scholar among its faculty. Faculty, staff and students traveled to China and Peru in May 2012. Each year, DCCC hosts a number of international students. A Fulbright Scholar from Brazil joined the faculty as a foreign language teach for the 2012-13 academic year.
- Is home to an innovative Student Success Center that opened its doors for the fall 2012 semester. The one-stop shop addresses typical student challenges that prevent completion and supports a comprehensive first-year experience through mandatory extended orientation, intrusive advising and a student success course. The center includes admissions, financial aid, advising, student records, counseling and career services all in a single space.