DCCC Announces Expansion of Offerings in Davie County

October 2, 2017 - Davidson County Community College, alongside Davie County Commissioners, recently unveiled plans for expanding educational opportunities in Davie County. The announcement came at an event with elected officials, representatives from the Golden LEAF Foundation, and key Davie County leaders. Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC, shared plans to expand the number of programs located at the former Davie Medical Center-Mocksville location.

“We’re proud of the presence we have in Davie County and grateful for the continual support of all those who see the value of higher education for not only our students but the community as a whole,” said Rittling.

Rittling announced that in addition to the college’s Central Sterile Processing and Surgical Tech programs currently located at the hospital site, DCCC will add the following programs: EMT and Paramedic, Nurse Aide, Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Services including Substance Abuse certificate, Medication Aide, Home Health Aide, and Mammography Certification.  The expansion is made possible in part by a one million dollar grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. 

Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation presented the college with the check to commemorate the efforts going towards further renovations of the Davie Medical Center – Mocksville site.

Terry Renegar, chairman of the Davie County Commissioners, announced the renovated portion of the hospital will be named in honor of Dr. Francis Slate, a long-time resident of Davie County and surgeon for many years at the former hospital location. 

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Rittling. “With the addition of more healthcare programs offered in Davie County and in an actual hospital setting, our students will be better prepared to serve their communities in the future.”

Students enrolled in programs at the renovated location will participate in combined simulations as a part of real world and hands-on learning. The college plans to use advanced medical manikins to run multiple healthcare scenarios which will involve all of the programs working together. 

The college first began offering classes in Davie County in 1968 and officially opened its doors with a campus located in Mocksville in 1994. Over time, the campus has grown to include a number of career technical programs, an early college, college transfer, GED and continuing education offerings. In 2015, through a partnership with Davie County and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the college began using the former Davie Medical Center – Mocksville location. The recent announcement of expansion continues to solidify the college as a pivotal partner in advancing opportunities for Davie County residents and beyond.

Left to right: ​Davie County Manager John Eller, Davie County Commissioners Richard Poindexter and Mark Jones, Davie County Commissioners Chairman Terry Renegar, Honoree Dr. Francis Slate, DCCC President Dr. Mary Rittling, Golden LEAF Foundation President Dan Gerlach, DCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Ken White 

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully credited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.