Danville Community College, located in the city of the same name, is a two-year institution and one of 22 schools like it in the Virginia Community College System. The school actually opened in 1936 as a textile school, but was eventually incorporated into the VCCS as Danville Community College in 1966. The two-year school also picked up the Danville branch campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (more commonly known as Virginia Tech). The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Danville branch of Virginia Tech began strictly as an engineering school, but later expanded to include the first two years of coursework for all engineering, business administration, liberal arts and science majors.
Today, the over 4,500 students at DCC have their pick of 19 different associate degree paths to follow, with 8 diplomas and 19 certificate programs. Of these, the following programs have led to super successful job placements for graduates: Administrative Support Technology, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive Analysis & Repair, information Systems Technology, Electrical and Electronics, Practical Nursing and Precision Machining Technology.
Tuition and fees for local residents is $126.50 per credit hour, while out-of-state costs just $318.60 per credit hour. Thanks to a partnership with area high schools, students can do dual enrollment courses before graduation to earn credits toward DCC before their first semester ever begins. Afterward, those high school students are just a few steps away from enrollment. The application process at DCC is simple—after an online application, there is one college placement test and before they know it, students are meeting with one of DCC’s helpful counselors to discover which of the many programs is the best fit for them!
To further expand its mission as a “community” college, DCC offers a wide variety of options in financial aid, making it possible for more people to gain access to an education, and later a career. Another way the school makes education more accessible to all is through its Child Development Center, an on-campus childcare service available to all students. There are also many branch campuses in neighboring counties, so students don’t have to travel as far to obtain the education they desire.
Student life at Danville Community College is just as bustling—if not more so—as a traditional four-year school. Clubs range in everything from a Business Honor Society to photography and graphics clubs, drama club to Gospel Ensemble, and a strong Student Government Association. Athletic activities are also booming. In fact, DCC’s baseball team won the Virginia Community College System state baseball championships in 2006 and 2007. Athletics stay strong with intramural and club teams—DCC has a baseball club and a soccer club. With 11 academic buildings, a devoted faculty and such a lively social environment, the nearly 7,000 students at Danville have the opportunity to find their niche.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,575
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