May 14, 2013 – Several students at DCCC have been working the past few weeks to help beautify campus by adding a splash of color with vibrant flowers in front of the Reich Building on the Davidson Campus as part of a class project. The outcome of their hard work was revealed on May 9 with a special “Lemonade and Landscaping” event, where students, as well as parents of students, faculty and staff celebrated the finished product.
Sarah Vick, instructor at DCCC, challenged students in her Compensatory Education class to re-landscape flower beds as a way to experience the hands-on landscaping vocation while at the same time giving back to the college community.
“This project was a team effort, and the students really enjoyed working in the dirt and being out and about on campus,” Vick says. “Our goal is to take them from high school graduate to a college vocation, because they all have special needs.”
Using plants donated by Vick, as well as Amanda Everhart, HRD coordinator and NC Back-to-Work Success manager at DCCC; Russell Thompson, a counselor in the North Carolina Client Assistance Program; and students, the group has been working on the project since April 25.
Students such as Chris H. West note how beneficial the class has been. “This was the best class, and I’m excited to have been a part of it,” West says. “This project will help me if I ever get a house; I’ll know how to pick out my plants and care for them. Once you get started working with the plants, you don’t want to stop.”
Fellow student Stephanie Wilkerson says the project has been a great learning experience. “I learned how to organize plants, and now I try to do the same at home,” Wilkerson adds.
“This landscaping project is a remarkable experience for our Vocation Vacation program. As part of the program, students had the opportunity to research 15 vocations provided by DCCC. With each vocation, they toured departments and also heard from a professional in the community,” Everhart explains. “Completing an outdoor project to help beautify our campus is not only a wonderful learning experience, but a great way to end the academic year.”
*Editor’s Note: Pictured from left to right in the front row are Emily Curry, Stephanie Wilkerson, Joseph Harris and Shaquan Hardy; pictured in the back row from left to right are Luis Leon, Chris West and Cole Hauser. The group of students participated in the Lemonade and Landscaping event on the DCCC Davidson Campus.
The second photo shows some of the many flowers planted in front of the Reich Building on campus.
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 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 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 https://www.davidsonccc.edu.