Chartered all the way back in 1958 as the Industrial Education Center, the Davidson County Community College (DCCC) has been serving this relatively remote part of the state of North Carolina in higher education needs. This school was originally established to help the region adapt in its shift from an agriculture-based economy to a manufacturing-based economy. By 1965 it was formally given its present name and joined to the North Carolina community college system. By 1966 it began offering college transfer programs in addition to its already abundant offering of certificate and degree programs.
The total academic offering at DCCC is comprised of over 50 distinct programs geared towards professional training, certificates, and different levels of degree programs. As a two-year institution of higher learning, the maximum level of academic achievement at the college is an associate degree.
DCCC is divided into five schools: the School of Arts, Science and Education; the School of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies; the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety; the School of Foundational Studies & Academic Support; and the School of Community Education, Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship.
Despite the school’s open admission policy, the more popular programs such as those in Basic Law Enforcement training, the health and wellness fields, and the Zoo & Aquarium program are more competitive in nature.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In a bid to continue to improve the school’s standing and increase its student’s opportunities for success, DCCC has a few special programs that have become a favorite among students. The school’s Civic Engagement Program, for example, offers students the ability to complement their classroom-based learning with service opportunities, becoming engaged in the surrounding North Carolina communities. This allows participants to focus on “global citizenship” and spurring civic responsibility in addition to their classroom studies. Similarly, the CONNECTIONS Program, sponsored by a US Department of Education Title III grant, helps raise the level of academic retention and solidify a student’s path towards a successful future. The CONNECTIONS Program includes enhanced advising, counseling, and monitoring services.
Finally, the school’s Scholars Program offers additional challenges to those students that have an increased desire to learn and grow during their time at the school. Admission requirements to the Scholars Program are more stringent than the general admission requirements to the school. However, participants in the program will have the opportunity to accrue honors coursework experience and be stimulated beyond the average level of school study programs.
Honoring its role as a community college and a gateway through which all local residents should be able to access higher education, DCCC has an open admissions policy for most programs, meaning that essentially all applicants meeting certain basic criteria will be admitted.
The admissions process is fairly straightforward: applicants must be in possession of a high school diploma or GED or be on track for graduation, and submit their official transcripts (including any previous college-level credits) along with their application form, which can be done electronically or by mail.
Part of the admissions process involves taking the DCCC academic placement assessment. This tests applicants on their skills in the areas of math, english (writing and reading comprehension), and computer skills. The placement assessment may be more or less rigorous depending on the program you are enrolling in; associate degrees, for example, require higher scores than a certificate program.
Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Distribution of financial aid is ninety-nine percent scholarships from grants and one percent loans. Similarly, need based financial aid distribution is determined through State/District residency. Financial aid distribution for those that do not meet certain requirements is still available and is determined by academics and leadership. The required financial aid forms are the FAFSA and the institution’s own financial aid form.
Student Financial Aid Details
Athletics are not a large focus of this school, however it has become part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA), fielding a men’s team in basketball and a women’s team in volleyball since 2007. Both teams compete in the NCJAA’s Division III, Region 10 (as a Division III school, there are no athletic scholarships available).
The school’s mascot is known simply as “Storm” and the school’s athletic colors are blue and white.
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