DCCC Teaches Middle School Students Value of Higher Education as Part of ‘Eighth Grade Fair'

Eighth Grade Fair

March 19, 2013 – Approximately 2,380 eighth-graders from middle schools in Davidson County, including Lexington and Thomasville, as well as Davie County, visited Davidson County Community College March 14, 15 and 18 to learn about higher education and career choices as they prepare to enter high school in the fall. DCCC hosts eighth graders each spring semester.

“The primary goal is to help young students understand how important it is to continue education beyond high school and get excited about going to college,” says Dr. Kim Sepich, vice president of Student Affairs at DCCC. “By participating in hands-on demonstrations with our faculty and current students, we hope eighth graders will discover interests they may have and decide they want to go to college.”

During campus tours, students viewed a variety of demonstrations and presentations, which allowed the eighth graders to interact with DCCC students and faculty, ask questions and hear firsthand what to expect not only in the classroom, but on the job.

Eighth Grade Fair

Interactive activities provided hands-on experiences in most of DCCC’s more than 50 academic programs, including zoo and aquarium science, cosmetic arts, emergency medical science, advertising and graphic design, computer integrated machining, criminal justice, visual arts, fire protection, computer technologies, arts and sciences, early childhood education and more.

The wide variety of activities and experiences gave students insight – and even ideas about possible career choices.

Tristan Irvin, a student at Ledford Middle School, says he’s now considering a career in advertising and graphic design following an interactive online drawing activity. “If I had a chance to take this class, I would,” Irvin says. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Lane Kozee, a student from Oak Grove Middle School, couldn’t resist pulling on the jacket and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) – part of the firefighter’s turnout gear. Kozee, who is already a junior firefighter at Midway, notes, “It can be heavy sometimes and awfully hot, but it can protect you.”

“This is one of our favorite events of the year; it’s so wonderful to see students learning new things and asking good questions about career fields,” adds Sepich.

*Editor’s Note: Pictured in the first photo are Christopher Sanderson, an advertising and graphic design student at DCCC, along with Ledford Middle School students Tristan Irvin, seated at the computer, and Brandon Stamey, right. Pictured in the second photo are Tristan Irvin and Brandon Stamey.

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.