DCCC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Kick-Off Celebration; Additional Events Planned throughout the Year

Jan. 4, 2013 – Davidson County Community College marked the start of a year long celebration to commemorate its “Golden Anniversary” with a special kick-off event on Jan. 3.

 As part of the 50th anniversary, the college will celebrate memories, milestones, history and more with plans for a year filled with extraordinary events, including a variety of noted speakers, receptions and community events. A special website dedicated to the anniversary, www.dccc50.org, will include updates and a calendar of events, but will also share unique stories and perspectives from many folks in the community.

 “We are excited to mark this occasion with our entire community,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “As we reflect upon and celebrate our past, we also look to the future of the college and the impact we can have on our students and the community.”

 The community, after all, is what made the college. Felix Gee of Lexington and Doak Finch of Thomasville had hopes of providing new educational opportunities for their respective communities, and, in 1963, the two led efforts to start the Davidson County Industrial Education Center, which later became Davidson County Community College. 

 In fact, many other members of the community have helped shape DCCC. Without their efforts and determination the college would not be what it is today.

 Since its start, the college has grown exponentially. In 1963, the campus consisted of only the Sinclair Building on a 22-acre site with a total of 176 students. The college continued to grow, with the Davie Campus in Advance, which opened in 1994. Additional satellite campuses were added when The Uptown Lexington Education Center opened in 2004; the Thomasville Education Center opened in 2005; and The Davie Education Center opened in 2008.

 Today, DCCC serves approximately 16,000 students each year on the Davidson and Davie campuses and its three satellite centers, offering more than 50 curriculum programs. And the future holds the promise of more expansion, including additional educational programs and services.

 The college has served as an educational beacon to the community, and many of its notable members attended DCCC. Included among them is Davidson County Sheriff David Grice, Ret. Thomasville Police Chief Ronald Bratton, Lexington Fire Chief Phil Hartley, DCCC Foundation Board member and Lexington City Councilwoman Tonya Lanier and vice president of Century 21 Triad and founder/owner of The Swicegood Group, Inc. in Davie County Kyle Swicegood.

 “These are only a few of the many individuals in our community who chose to further their education with DCCC,” Rittling says. “Many of our students have, in fact, decided their career paths while attending the college. Our hope is to inspire students to find their passion through education, and we hope to continue to do that for the next 50 years and beyond.”

 Some of the upcoming events throughout the year include:

  •  “Nostalgia” Art Show opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.
  • “Then Sings My Soul,” an evening of song that will celebrate the rich musical history of America, including spirituals and popular Broadway songs, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the Gee Auditorium.
  • Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and Daniel Burrus, technology futurist and business strategist, addressing a lunchtime audience in the DCCC Conference Center on March 12.
  • Golf Dinner and Tournament on May 1-2.
  • First-Day-of-Classes Ceremony and Festivities at 10 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the Courtyard of the Davidson Campus.
  • Leadership Reception at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the DCCC Conference Center.
  • Anniversary Gala on the evening of Nov. 16 in the DCCC Conference Center.

“These events represent just some of the memorable occasions we have lined up for the year,” Rittling adds. “DCCC is excited to celebrate this important milestone, and we invite the community to celebrate along with us.” 

For updates on anniversary related events and more, visit www.dccc50.org.



*Editor’s Note: Pictured in the first photo, from left to right, are Stephen Grimes, representative of the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce; Sharon Carter, DCCC faculty; Ed Greenawald, DCCC faculty; Bobby Griffey, DCCC staff; Joe Bennett, mayor of Thomasville; and Teenie Tilley, who retired from DCCC.

The second and third photos offer a glimpse of the crowd and celebration at the kick-off event.

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.