Student Support Services & Student Life
The College offers a comprehensive program of student services designed to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Commitment of College personnel to the concept of total student development involves extending traditional teaching/learning experiences beyond the classroom into other out-of-class teaching/learning situations, which may or may not involve typical classroom activities. While student development is a College-wide priority, the primary responsibility for developing and coordinating student development services lies with the Vice President, Student Affairs.
In an effort to facilitate total student development, Student Affairs staff will provide students with learning opportunities to meet their intellectual, academic, personal, social, cultural, and physical needs; help with making realistic career choices; help in developing a greater sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and responsibility for their own behavior; assist with becoming more open, honest, and trusting in their relationships with others; and assist with developing the life skills necessary to live productive and fulfilled lives.
TRiO Student Support Services Program
Student Support Services is a TRiO Program funded through a grant from the U. S. Department of Education for students who are first generation college students, low income eligible and/or have a documented disability. The Student Support Services Program provides opportunities for academic improvement and mastery of basic college skills, as well as activities that motivate and propel students toward a successful completion of their postsecondary education. The program offers academic monitoring, co-advisement, career and personal counseling, tutoring, study skills, and educational/cultural enrichment experiences. The Student Support Services Program seeks to increase college retention and the graduation rates of its participants as well as to encourage transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, contact the Student Support Services Office, located in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center, second floor, room 202.
Specific program services include:
• Academic, career, and personal counseling
• Supplemental financial assistance for eligible students
• College transfer advisement and assistance
• Individual tutorial services
• Monitoring of classroom progress
• Workshops for academic career, and personal success
• Financial literacy information and workshops
• Assistance with completing the FAFSA and college applications
• Space for homework and tutoring
• Opportunities to visit colleges and participate in cultural activities
How to apply to the program:
1. Obtain an application from the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) website under the Division of Student Affairs or come to the Student Support Services Program Office located in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center, second floor, room 202.
2. Complete the application and schedule an appointment with the Program Director.
Office hours for SSS are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Phone number 336.249.8186, extension 6799.
Disability services are provided by the Disability Services Counselor, located in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center.
The College is committed to providing access to facilities and reasonable accommodation in the instructional process, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Both require institutions of higher education to “provide equal access to educational opportunities to otherwise qualified ‘persons with disabilities.’” It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to provide documentation of the disability. The documentation must certify that the disability creates a substantial limitation of a major life activity in order to establish eligibility for protection under the law. This documentation may include results of medical, psychological, or emotional diagnostic tests, or other professional evaluations to verify the need for adjustments or aids. Requests for information and assistance should be directed to the Disability Services Counselor or the Director, Student Services, on the Davie Campus.
The Career Development Office is located on the first floor of the B. E. Mendenhall, Jr., Building in the Student Success Center. Career Counselors provide assistance with choosing a college major and career path, employment outlook for occupations, job search resources, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and access to a wealth of career related information. Job search resources are available to help students and alumni develop job seeking, resume writing, and interviewing knowledge in order to make a successful transition from college to employment. Services include classroom workshops and one-on-one career counseling, a free Web based job bank, a list of current job search engines, an online resume and cover letter builder, and interview coaching and video recorded mock interviews. Contact the Career Development Office for an appointment by calling 336.249.8186, extension 6245, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.davidsonccc.edu to access a wide range of career resources online, including Career Coach.
A College Bookstore is provided on campus as a service to the student body, faculty, and staff. Textbooks, school supplies, and other course-related materials are available. The Bookstore also provides opportunities for students to sell and buy used books. Hours of operation are posted on the DCCC bookstore website.
Child Development Center
In 1981, the College opened a Child Development Center on the Davidson Campus. The purpose of the CDC is to provide a hands-on laboratory site for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education degree program by offering exemplary care and education for pre-school children. The center offers students of the College opportunities to learn about the development and education of children by observing and interacting with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers and staff. In addition, the center serves as a collaborative partner with local childcare providers and community agencies committed to enhancing the quality of care and education for young children.
The CDC enrolls children from infancy through five years of age and operates with a five-star license. Awarded by the N.C. Division of Child Development, which regulates licensed early care and education facilities in the state, the five-star rating is the highest granted under the state licensure system. Operational hours for the Davidson Campus CDC are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Nurse and Mental Health Counselor
Through agreement with the Davidson County Health Department, a nurse is available for consultation on Monday and Tuesday mornings in the B. E. Mendenhall, Jr., Building, room 230b. Through agreement with Davidson County Family Services a mental health counselor is available for assessment, counseling, and referral in room 230b several days each week. Hours are published on the College website.
The location of the College is such that the campuses are easily accessible to medical attention and hospital care at the hospitals of Thomasville, Lexington, and Davie County. Public ambulances are available on a 24-hour schedule. First-aid supplies are also available to students in all shops and laboratories, in the Student Success Center located in the B.E. Mendenhall, Jr., Building and at the campus receptionist area on the Davie Campus. In the event of accident or medical emergency at any DCCC campus location, call 911.
Davie Campus Services
The College makes every effort to provide access to Student Services for students at the Davie Campus in Mocksville. Students may request assistance with services indicated in this catalog by contacting the Davie Campus or the Davidson Campus. Davie Campus personnel will assist students in obtaining information or receiving help from campus services housed at the Davidson Campus.
Food service is available in the Storm Cellar on the first floor of the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center on the Davidson Campus. Hot meals are available from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vending machines with snacks, beverages, confections, etc., are available in most buildings on both campuses.
Student activities are viewed as an important dimension of each student’s experience while attending Davidson County Community College, and the College encourages student involvement in all aspects of student and campus life. Students gain enjoyment, friends on campus, leadership skills, and experiences that are valued by both employers and four-year universities.
Davidson County Community College offers an intercollegiate athletic program to enhance the college experience for students. Women’s volleyball and men’s basketball programs are available to students. Each program is committed to providing a comprehensive and well-rounded athletic experience in support of the College’s educational initiatives.
The College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The teams compete in Division III, Region 10. Division III teams do not offer scholarship support to players. In accordance with DCCC’s open door admissions policy, students admitted to the College who plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics must meet all admissions criteria set forth in the College General Catalog/Student Handbook. Player eligibility includes standards established by DCCC and NJCAA. Student-athletes must be enrolled each semester as a full-time student with 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to meet eligibility.
Student Organizations and Activities
The College encourages student involvement in all activities of student and campus life. Student activities are viewed as an important dimension of each student’s learning experience while attending DCCC. Student organizations and activities at Davidson County Community College are open to all students regardless of race, national origin, religion, age, sex, or disability.
The area of Student Activities is committed to educating and challenging students to reach their full potential and operates with the belief that all students are potential leaders of society and the world. To that end, student development in some form serves as the major point of emphasis in the services and programs provided.
Through student organizations and activities, students enhance their leadership, intellectual, cultural and personal development, establish lifelong friendships by participating and working with others who share the same interests, and gain experiences valued by both employers and four-year colleges and universities.
Students have the opportunity to participate in activities such as Fall Fest, Spring Fling, International Night, Halloween Extravaganza, formal dances, service projects, and membership in any of the more than 30 campus clubs and organizations.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to serve as the voice of the student body by promoting campus involvement, fostering leadership development, and overseeing and assisting in the development of student clubs and organizations, and by acting as a liaison between student organizations and campus administration.
All students, full-time or part-time, are a part of the Student Government Association and can attend SGA Council meetings and participate in all activities sponsored by the SGA.
Ambassadors are students who have excellent interpersonal skills, strong academic records, and a strong commitment to Davidson County Community College. By an application process and recommendations from faculty or staff members, these students represent the College at special events, give tours, and generally act as representatives to the community. Ambassadors receive leadership development training to assist them with their responsibilities.
Civic Engagement/Service Learning
Davidson County Community College is committed to developing our students, both inside and outside the classroom. The Civic Engagement initiative is the product of a campus community effort to provide our students with meaningful experiences, leadership skills, and a sense of civic responsibility through structured curricular and co-curricular activities.
Curricular Emphasis – Service Learning
Service Learning engages students in organized activities that address community needs while strengthening their academic skills. Faculty will provide students opportunities throughout the semester to reflect on their service and how it relates to their course objectives.
Co-curricular Emphasis – Service Projects
Working in conjunction with Student Affairs, service projects will allow students to participate in service activities and reflections without having to be affiliated with a specific course. By bringing together students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a common goal, co-curricular service projects will allow greater opportunities for the campus community.
The Fitness Center on the Davidson Campus is a state-of-the-art workout facility in the North Carolina Community College System. This Center provides faculty, staff, students, and alumni the opportunity to stay fit and healthy. The equipment includes Cybex pin-select weight training machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, stationary and spin cycles, and a full free weight training area. A certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer are on staff to assist anyone in meeting their fitness goals. Group exercise classes are also offered free of charge to all students and staff throughout the week.
The Davie Fitness Center is located in the Health and Technology Building. The equipment includes new Cybex pin-select weight training machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, stationary and spin cycles, and a full free weight training area.
Hours of operation are posted each semester.
In an effort to help meet the needs of commuting students, the College provides informal student lounges in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center, Gee, Finch, and Sinclair buildings on the Davidson Campus and in the Davie Community (Classroom) Building on the Davie Campus. Students are encouraged to use these areas for relaxation and study between classes. For a quieter environment to study or do homework, students are encouraged to make use of study rooms in the Learning Commons and Library in the Edward Love LRC building.
The D-Triple-C Dispatch is published at the beginning of each semester and provides back-to-school information students need to know.