Built on 45 acres with a broad coalition of support—including the Town of Mocksville, Davie County, local businesses, county citizens, and the state—the Davie Campus of DCCC opened in 1994 with a mission to provide convenient, career-focused education.
By its 10th anniversary, the Davie Campus featured three buildings and an emergency services training facility. In 2008, the Davie Education Center opened in Bermuda Run. A major expansion project in early 2009 added 8,500 square feet of new space. The first floor of the Community Building was renovated to house a modern library. Another major renovation of the Gantt Building was completed in Fall 2012 to house the Davie County Early College High School. And through a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie County, DCCC for several years used the former Davie County Hospital for new programs in the health sciences. Such partnerships with health care providers across DCCC’s service area allow the College to continue to expand how it prepares health care workers for a rapidly-changing landscape.
The Davie Campus is here to meet the needs of students interested in a variety of educational pathways and career fields, including the following:
DCCC’s Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry in Davie County. Program resources support training needs assessment, instructional design, development and delivery. DCCC partners with local businesses and industries to offer apprenticeships to meet the workforce needs of Davie County. College and Career Readiness provides programs and services to help students earn a high school credential, refresh their basic skills for college or career advancement, or learn English for speakers of other languages.
Beginning in Fall 2020, the first students to benefit from a unique community program called IGNITE DAVIE will begin their college educations. This inaugural group of graduating high school students from Davie County is receiving tuition assistance to cover the amount remaining after other financial aid is applied.
As high student debt continues to be a worrisome national issue, IGNITE DAVIE makes it possible for students to attend DCCC at virtually no cost. The guiding mission of the program is to increase overall educational attainment in Davie County.
“We’ve arrived at a point where having college experience is a basic requirement for being competitive in the workforce,” says Susan Burleson, VP, Davie Campuses and Institutional Effectiveness. “Companies want people who have skills and training so they can hire them with confidence and know they’re capable, focused, and ready to contribute.”
Ignite Davie is open to eligible high school graduates from Davie County and offers the chance to pursue a 2-year degree without having to stress over the typical budgeting challenges that usually accompany higher education.
Funded by a public-private collaboration, IGNITE DAVIE aims to make a positive difference in the lives of young people while strengthening the local economy. The program is designed to provide broad education and 21st century career training that will gradually build a dependable pipeline of skilled workers in Davie County. Over time, the expected results are an increased tax base, higher standard of living, and a reduced need for public assistance programs.
“We’re doing this to enhance economic mobility for future generations in our community,” says Burleson. “We want to promote our area as an all-around supportive place where you can get an education, find a good job, raise a family, and grow a business.”
DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Davidson County Community College.
The article, The Davie Campus of DCCC, along with much more, can be found in the August 2020 edition of DavieLiFE magazine.