Davidson County Community College

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Davidson County
Community College
Davidson County Community College - Logo Version 2 - July 2012.jpg
Motto Developing Minds, Inspiring Imaginations
Established 1958, Industrial Education Center
1963, Davidson County Community College
Type Public
President Dr. Mary E. Rittling
Academic staff 241[1]
Students 5,798[1]
Location Lexington, North Carolina, United States
35°51′56″N 80°10′55″W / 35.865509°N 80.181956°W / 35.865509; -80.181956Coordinates: 35°51′56″N 80°10′55″W / 35.865509°N 80.181956°W / 35.865509; -80.181956
Colors               
"DCCC" Blue, white, and black
Athletics NJCAA, Division III, Region 10
Mascot The "Storm"
Website www.davidsonccc.edu

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is a multi-campus,[2] public, two-year higher-education institution. The Davidson Campus is centrally located between Lexington and Thomasville, Davidson County, North Carolina and first opened in 1958. The Davie Campus, located in Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina, opened in 1994.

As a two-year college serving a growing county and regional population,[3] DCCC awards certificates, diplomas, and Associate degrees in more than 50 programs.[4] Offering vocational and college transfer programs allow students to train in a career specific skill base or prepare for further education. As a member of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement[5] (CAA), between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, credits earned at DCCC transfer to the university system. DCCC also provides basic skill training and General Education Development (GED)[6] programs to the public.

DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[7] and was originally accredited in 1968. DCCC's last reaffirmation was in 2002 with its next reaffirmation scheduled for 2013.[8]

Davidson County Community College should not be confused with Davidson College, a small, private four-year liberal arts college in Davidson, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

History[edit]

Originally chartered in 1958 as an Industrial Education Center[9] DCCC provided education and skills to assist the community in transitioning from an agriculturally based to a manufacturing-based economy. In 1963, enrollment consisted of 51 students in adult education and service programs with 125 students enrolled in vocational and technical courses.

Officially chartered as Davidson County Community College in 1965, the college began offering a larger variety of degrees and certificates including Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS). College transfer courses were added in 1966,[9] and for the Spring 2012 graduating class, nearly 200 students earned the college transfer credential of the AA, AS or Associate's in General Education (AGE) degree.

Currently, there are several projects planned or currently underway for new facilities on both the Davidson and Davie campuses. Student enrollment continues to expand every year.[10]

Campus[edit]

Davidson Campus[edit]

The main Davidson Campus is located in central Davidson County, the Davidson Campus currently has 14 academic buildings. The campus also houses an emergency training facility, a walking track, and a small memorial garden.

The architectural campus design features a central "quad", or courtyard, featuring a large fountain, and tree grove with benches and seating. Each building features a matching brick facade generally using a Modern architectural design.

Services on the Davidson Campus include "The Storm Cellar" the campus dining facility, a student lounge, and the campus bookstore. The two-story Grady Edward Love Learning Resources Center (Library) features Wi-Fi access,[11] a computer lab, and individual study rooms.

The William T. Sinclair building, is the original campus building. The Sinclair building is experiencing significant renovation: modern machining classes and the advanced manufacturing program hosted the Vice President in early spring 2012. Current plans suggest that one of the three automotive bays from the 1960s may well be renovated in late 2012 or early 2013 into an aquarium lab that would support the aquarium track of the Zoo and Aquarium (ZAS) associate in applied science degree.

Link Campus[edit]

In September 2009 the College revealed that a local Lexington family had donated 183 acres (0.74 km2) of land to the college.[12] This donation increased the size of the Davidson Campus from 97 acres (390,000 m2) to 280 acres (1.1 km2). Future plans include athletic fields, additional educational buildings, a renewable pine forest and a sports/conference arena.

Davie Campus[edit]

The Davie Campus, located on 45 acres (180,000 m2) in Mocksville, NC, features three academic buildings. Recent additions have added 8,500 square feet (790 m2) of space to the Laboratory building with the first floor of the Community building being renovated to serve as the campus library.[13] In the same style as the Davidson campus each building features a brick facade in a Modern architectural style.

The Davie campus also fully houses the Cancer Information, Histotechnology, Phlebotomy, Practical Nurse Education and Welding programs. Like the Davidson campus, Davie hosts an Early College allowing students to earn an Associate's degree as they earn their high school credential.

Services on the Davie campus include a campus store, library, and study space.

Other Locations[edit]

The Uptown Lexington Center[14] opened in 2004 on First Street in Lexington, NC. This site provides curriculum, GED, and Continuing Education services.

The Thomasville Education Center (TEC)[15] opened in 2005 on Randolph Street in Thomasville, NC. Like the Uptown Lexington site, TEC offers credit and non-credit courses and GED.

The Davie Education Center[16] a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) facility next to the Bermuda Run Town Hall opened in 2008. This site provides small business, continuing education, and curriculum courses. An extensive distance learning lab provides access to other courses and programs offered at DCCC or through other locations inside and outside of North Carolina.

Organization[edit]

Davidson County Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College system, a set of 58 community colleges located throughout the state.

Administration[edit]

The Board of Trustees, a set of 14 voting members and the Student Government President (non-voting[17] address the major decisions and issues facing the college. The Trustees do not participate in the day to day running of the college.

Dr. Mary Rittling, the current college president, is the third president in the College history and the first female president at DCCC.[18] Her responsibilities include the budgetary process, campus expansion, political advocacy, and other duties.

Under the president college functions are broken down into seven distinct, functional areas:

Academic Programs and Services External Affairs and DCCC Foundation Financial and Administrative Services
Human Resource Services Public Information and Marketing Information Technology Services
Student Services and Enrollment Management

These areas are responsible for maintaining the day-to-day campus activities including marketing, coursework, registration, admission, and discipline/safety matters.

Academic Organization[edit]

In 2009 DCCC began restructuring their academic organizational structure. Under the Vice President of Academic Programs and Services five schools contain the academic services of the college.

School of Arts, Sciences and Education
English and Reading Humanities Social Sciences
Sciences, PE Mathematics Teacher Education
School of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies
Business & Computers Engineering, Industrial, and Transportation Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety
Health and Wellness Technology Human Services Health Continuing Education
Health and Public Safety
School of Foundational Studies & Academic Support
Developmental Education Basic Skills Distance Education
High School Programs Library Services Learning Assistance Center
Coaching Centers
School of Community Education, Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship
Customized Training Small Business Center Conference Engagement and Community Engagement

Academic Profile[edit]

DCCC has an open door admissions policy,[19] allowing all students who apply to be accepted. However, some programs do have special admissions requirements. Primarily, these are fields where demand for education is high: selected health programs, Basic Law Enforcement training, Truck Driver training, and the Zoo & Aquarium program.[20]

2008-2009 Academic Course List[edit]

Agriculture and Animal Science Careers
Biotechnology Zoo & Aquarium Science
Business Management & Finance Careers
Accounting Business Administration Human Resources Management Motorsports Management
College Transfer Options - Associate Degrees in:
Arts Fine Arts General Education Science
Community and Human Service Careers
Community Spanish Interpreter Cosmetology Esthetics Therapeutic Massage
Computer Technologies
Computer Information Technology Computer Programming Networking Technology Web Technologies
Education Careers
Early Childhood Education Lateral Entry Teacher Education Special Education Teacher Assistant
Engineering and Industrial Technologies
Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Electronics Engineering Technology Industrial Systems Technology Welding
Health Science Careers
Cancer Information Management Emergency Medical Science Health Information Technology Histotechnology
LPN to ADN Option Medical Assisting Medical Laboratory Technology Nursing - ADN
Nursing Assistant I & II Pharmacy Technology Phlebotomy Physical Therapy Assistant
Public Safety and Law Careers
Basic Law Enforcement Training Criminal Justice Fire Protection Paralegal
Transportation Careers
Automotive Systems Technology Motorcycle Mechanics Truck Driver Training

Foundation & Alumni Association[edit]

The Foundation assists in the development of college programs, services, and scholarships. Established in 1968, the Davidson County Community College Foundation, Inc. is considered a non-profit educational and charitable organization. Currently, the Foundation has $9.5 million in scholarships and funds.[21]

Annually, the Foundation sponsors various events, fund raisers, and activities. The Scholarship Golf Tournament recruits local businesses and community figures to support and sponsor various holes and players. The 2008 tournament raised $30,000.[22] The other major event, Campus Fund Drive, is a two-week campaign to encourage faculty, staff, and community to donate towards an annual goal. The 2008 CFD goal was $30,000.[23]

DCCC Alumni Association[edit]

The Alumni Association attempts to connect the approximately half million students[24] who attended since 1963. Alumni are asked to volunteer time and support for college events and fund raisers. Alumni are extended various benefits for joining the association including access to campus facilities and services.

Student Life & Athletics[edit]

Student Life at DCCC includes over 31 clubs and organizations[25] for students to join including the Student Government Association, a Glee club, the International Club and Cheer-leading club/team that attend athletic events, and several other groups specific to a certain major or interest.

Throughout the academic year the Student Government Association hosts Fall Fest and Spring Fling. These events typically include club fund raisers, games for adults and children, and music. The SGA also sponsor several Red Cross blood drives throughout the year.

The Prisim Series is a cultural arts program that introduces various art forms to the campus[26] Each week the Prism Series hosts Coffee Hour featuring either a speaker or musical act. The Prism Series also sponsors various speakers and presentations throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff.

Students are encouraged to participate in various campus-wide activities such as the Great American Smokeout, Constitution Day, Campus Holiday Tree Lighting, International week, and events celebrating Black History, Women's History, and Latino History months. Each semester an art exhibit is hosted in the Mendenhall building featuring art from local, regional, and national artists. While the theme changes each semester typically each show features prints, photographs, original art, sculpture, and other expression pieces.[27] C

Students at the Davidson and Davie Campus have access to a free on-campus fitness facility. On the Davidson Campus a Fitness Specialist is available for fitness program planning and nutritional information.

Athletics[edit]

DCCC's men's basketball and a women's volleyball teams began in 2007 and are part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Both teams have been successful in their respective games.[28]

In the 2009-10 year, the women's volleyball team reached the National NCJAA Volleyball tournament. The men's basketball team also achieved national ranking by competing in the NCJAA Division III national championship games.

Students admitted to the College who plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics must meet all admissions criteria set forth in the College Catalog. Player eligibility includes standards established by DCCC and NJCAA such as full-time enrollment of 12 hours or more with satisfactory attendance and grade point averages.[28]

Intramural sports are sponsored by the Fitness Center and open to any faculty, staff, or student. Basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and dodgeball are offered at various times throughout the year.[29]

Many DCCC sporting events are streamed live on the school's website.[30]

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