Triad Business Journal Honors DCCC Vice President of Student Affairs with ‘Women in Business’ Award
April 30, 2013 – Dr. Kim Sepich, vice president of Student Affairs at Davidson County Community College, was recently selected as a 2013 Women in Business honoree by the Triad Business Journal. She was one of 18 women in the Triad to receive the award.
Sepich, who has been employed at DCCC since 2001, has been responsible for several new initiatives and practices at the college that have not only helped streamline services, but helped students achieve academic success.
She was instrumental in the creation of the Student Success Center, allowing students to take care of multiple tasks – admissions, financial aid, advising, student records, counseling and career services – all in one location. The Center makes it easier for students to meet their goals. Sepich also helped increase the use of technology in the enrollment process – another tool to help streamline the process for students, allowing them to access information more quickly.
Aside from making sure students find it easy to enroll and meet their goals, Sepich also saw importance in including a wide variety of student events and programming at DCCC, including athletics, which she is responsible for getting off the ground. In fact, with the help of a new athletics director under Sepich’s supervision, everything from the hiring of coaches, student athlete recruitment, scheduling games, uniforms, facility needs, mascot and marketing came together quickly under her leadership.
“Kim’s vision for creating a fantastic student experience at DCCC has included events that students wouldn’t normally see until they get to a four-year college or institution,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “Early indicators reflect that the student success initiatives that Kim and her team have put in place are not only enhancing student perception and experience, but that DCCC has fewer students falling into risk of losing financial aid.”
While maintaining her leadership position at DCCC, Sepich found time to complete her doctoral degree in educational leadership in August 2011. Her research dissertation, “Perceptions of Displaced Manufacturing Workers about their Transition to Successful Re-employment through a Community College Education Experience,” focused on the Davidson County community of workers hard hit by the loss of the furniture and textile industries. Sepich followed them through their journey from unemployment, through the community college educational process, to employment.
“Through the eyes of these workers, who attended North Carolina community colleges, Kim was able to identify what mattered for them in the process,” says Rittling. “Kim built her Student Success Model around what these students found helpful, and implemented practices such as providing them with one or two people they will get to know well over their time at DCCC to answer their questions, challenge them to be the best they can be and provide guidance whenever they need it along the way.”
Outside of her role at DCCC, Sepich is actively involved in the community. Once she finished her doctorate, she filled the time with community events, including legislative breakfasts, chamber meetings, fundraising activities and more. She serves as a board member for Davidson County Communities in Schools. Sepich also serves as a college coach for students at Lexington Senior High School, and most recently, became a volunteer for the Project Potential’s “Dancing with the Potential Stars” event.
“Kim is often the go-to person, as she arranges our faculty members to speak to outside groups of students,” Rittling adds. “She has a true passion about education and its meaning for high school students.”
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.