Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is a public, two-year higher-education institution that first opened in Davidson County in North Carolina in 1958. Originally chartered as an Industrial Education Center (IEC) the mission of the school was to help adults transition from a life in agriculture to a career in manufacturing. The first student body enrolled in 1963, with 51 attending adult education and service programs and 125 students enrolled in vocational and technical courses; thus making 2013 the 50th anniversary for DCCC. At the time, the school offered an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Two years later, the IEC made the official name change to the Davidson County Community College, adding Associate degree programs in both arts and science. Today, the school offers these certificates, diplomas and Associate degrees in more than 50 programs. Just a year later, college transfer and vocational courses were added into the mix. And due to a growing student body and support for the community, DCCC opened the Davie Campus (in Davie county) in 1994.
Thanks to a partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, credits earned at DCCC transfer to the four-year university system. And DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Academics are broken down into four schools: Arts, Sciences and Education; Business, Engineering and Technical Studies; Health, Wellness and Public Safety; Foundational Studies and Academic Support; and Community. Of those, the most popular degree programs are in Nursing, Arts, General Education, Science, Business Administration, Early College High School, Early Childhood Associate, Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting and Computer Information Technology. The learning experience is made more powerful by state-of-the-art classrooms, MAC-stocked computer labs and advanced manufacturing and automotive labs. There are nearly 6,000 students enrolled at DCCC, yet the student-to-faculty ratio is still at 21:1—an ideal ratio for one-on-one conversations with professors and a focused learning environment!
Student Life at DCCC is as bustling (if not more so) than any other university, providing students with a wide variety of clubs and organizations to join; including a Student Government Association, Relay for Life, honor societies, Glee club and the Prisim Series—a cultural arts program that brings speakers, musical numbers and other unique artistic acts to campus on a weekly basis.
Both campuses provide a free on-campus fitness facility, with intramural sports. Basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and dodge ball are offered at various times throughout the year. The Davidson Campus takes fitness one step further by providing an on-campus Fitness Specialist to assist students with program planning and nutritional information. One other very popular group is a cheerleading team that travels to root for the schools popular athletic division. DCCC's men's basketball and women’s volleyball teams are part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The men's basketball team has also achieved national ranking by competing in the NCJAA Division III national championship games.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,264
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