DCCC Eighth Grade Fair Introduces Students to High School, College and Career Options

Students Tour 1

Oct 22, 2014 – Eighth-graders from middle schools across Davidson and Davie counties now know they can earn college credits while in high school and are more aware of potential future career choices after attending Davidson County Community College’s annual Eighth Grade Fair held Tuesday and Wednesday on the college campus. 

Virtual Welding

The 2,350 rising ninth-graders have information about the Career and College Promise dual enrollment program that allows students to enroll in college courses while in high school. A variety of college transfer and career and technical education pathways are offered. They are also aware of the Early College High School options in both Davidson and Davie counties that give students an opportunity to complete a high school education and an associate degree concurrently in four or five years. 

During campus tours, students viewed a variety of demonstrations and presentations, allowing them to interact with DCCC students and faculty, ask questions and hear firsthand what to expect not only in the classroom but in future careers they may be considering. Law enforcement professionals and a wildlife enforcement officer were on hand to share their real-world career experiences. 

EMT Students

Interactive activities provided hands-on experiences in many of DCCC’s more than 50 academic programs, including emergency medical science, nursing, cosmetic arts, computer technology integration, industrialsystems technology, heating and air conditioning, welding, law enforcement and criminal justice, teacher education, fire and rescue technology, zoo and aquarium science and college transfer options.

“All of the students seemed to be engaged and had lots of great questions,” says Jenny Ferguson, student recruitment and outreach counselor at DCCC. “Hopefully they will take what they learned and use it in making decisions about their future.”

Parents of the eighth-graders received information prior to the event making them aware of their child’s participation in the fair and encouraging them to explore early college options for their soon-to-be high school child.

Editor’s note: In the first photo, eighth-grade students tour the DCCC campus to learn more about high school and college options as they prepare to enter high school next fall. In the second photo, Pamela Shortt (right), associate dean of the School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies at DCCC, assists an eighth-grader in a welding exercise on the virtual welding trainer housed on the DCCC Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab. In the third photo, DCCC Emergency Medical Science students Christina Imbler and Tim Jackson demonstrate a simulated medical emergency as eighth-grade students observe.

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 celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college 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.