Davidson County Community College Looks To The Community To Help Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary

July 9, 2012 – Every college got its start somewhere. An inaugural groundbreaking was held; the first brick was laid; the first student enrolled; the first degree was awarded. Students have stories and memories; instructors and staff members have memories, and so do members of the community. As Davidson County Community College gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013, the college is looking to the community to not only share these fond memories, but to celebrate along with DCCC in the coming year.

As part of the year of celebrations, a schedule of events, activities and speakers are planned, as well as an exciting anniversary trip to Italy and Switzerland planned for May 2013.

“We are looking to share memories, bits of history and alumni success stories,” says Jenny Varner, vice president of External Affairs and Executive Director of the DCCC Foundation. “What’s especially exciting about this 50th anniversary celebration is being able to really dig in and find out pieces of our history; find out what folks were doing on our campus in 1963 and beyond – or even prior to the campus being built on the current site.”

A prime example of envisioning what came before DCCC is a memory shared by Dr. Mark Davis, who practically grew up on the land that DCCC sits on. While it’s hard to imagine now, considering it’s a thriving college, the land was once used as a dairy farm – and Davis, who is now on the Board of Trustees at DCCC, remembers milking cows on the farm. Davis revisited the same site later – only then it was a college and not a dairy farm – to take summer courses in sociology and economics while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a pre-dentistry undergraduate.

“Interesting tidbits like this really make you stop and look at our campus in a different light, and we’d really love to hear more of these stories. Maybe an instructor inspired you to make a life-changing career path; perhaps you have fond memories of the campus when it was still being constructed. We look to the community to find these unique pieces of the fabric that make up DCCC.”

Another significant part of the 50th anniversary celebration will be the upcoming trip to Italy and Switzerland. The 10-day trip, which is open to the community, is scheduled in the spring of 2013 and will be held May 16-25. It will include visits to Lucerne, the Italian Lakes, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Assisi and Rome. Guests of the trip will experience the sights and sounds of these well-known spots, and will have a full-time, bilingual tour director who will guide them through all of the historic sites along the way. The total trip cost is $4,593 and includes airfare, transportation, accommodations and meals. A discount may be available for those who sign up before Sept. 1.

Those interested in sharing memories for DCCC’s 50th anniversary celebrations may submit information or nominate someone at http://davidsonccc.edu/50th-Anniversary.htm or call 336-249-8186 ext. 6381.

For those interested in finding out more information about the 50th anniversary trip to Italy and Switzerland or to enroll, visithttp://www.EducationalTravel.com/Login (username is Davidson; password is 2013) or call 336-249-8186 ext. 6381.


Founded in 1963, 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. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.