DCCC Advertising and Graphic Design Students Attend Conference at UNCG

Feb 18, 2013 – Nine Students from Davidson County Community College in the advertising and graphic design program recently attended the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

The event, hosted by the North Carolina Entrepreneur Center at UNCG, was held for students and emerging artists who hailed from more than 20 colleges and universities around the state. Students from DCCC who attended included Aaron Adkins, Grant Crowder, Deborah Davis, Darren Fant, Vicki Hill, Andrew McCarn, Daniel Owens, Christopher Sanderson and Dustin Ward. Carl Shatley, instructor of arts and graphic design at DCCC, accompanied the group. 

While there, students had the opportunity to hear from two successful keynote speakers – Roy  Underhill, host of the PBS series, “The Woodrights Shop” and founder of the Woodrights School; and Dennis Quaintance, CEO of CDO Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, which includes Lucky 32, Proximity Hotel and the O’Henry Hotel.

“The group had a valuable opportunity to attend breakout sessions while at the conference,” Shatley says. “In addition to the conference topics that introduced students to a variety of entrepreneurial strategies, they had the chance to network with professionals, artists and fellow students from around the state.”

Students Aaron Adkins and Dan Owens agree that the conference was helpful in learning success strategies.

“The speakers at the event were straight to the point on how to sell ourselves,” Adkins says. “The main phrase I took from the event is ‘no is the normal’ – as the speakers mentioned how we are not going to be told ‘yes’ all the time. If we want to be successful as an entrepreneur, then we need to produce work and keep pushing ourselves to try to learn more.”

Owens adds, “It was a great honor to be in the presence of speakers who have experienced the paths I have set out for; the conference encouraged me to steadily move toward my career goals.” 

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 davidsonccc.edu.