Jul 09, 2020  
2017-2018 General Catalog Archived 
2017-2018 General Catalog Archived [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mission, Values, Vision & History


Davidson County Community College develops minds, inspires imaginations, and prepares students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment.


Community - caring about our students, each other, and the people we serve and responding to their needs

Responsibility - teaching, modeling, and cultivating an attitude of self-direction for our students and ourselves

Change - embracing collaboration, adaptability, creativity, innovation, and risk-taking

Excellence - committing to excellence in the programs and services we offer

Trust - embodying honesty, integrity, openness, equity, inclusion, and respect for all

Passion - pursuing our mission with purpose, joy, and fun

Strategic Vision

The College is a strong and effective organization capable of addressing emerging needs:

  • Mutual trust pervades the campus climate.
  • A positive organizational climate is maintained through intentional selection and development of faculty and staff.
  • Learning, growth, and improvement are encouraged and nurtured as we adapt to change in a global environment.
  • Students, faculty, and staff assume responsibility for their own future.

Programs and services help build, rebuild, and move the community forward.

  • Programs and services stress learning outcomes.
  • Learning outcomes of programs and services prepare students for enhanced employment and educational opportunities.
  • The College continues to lead and partner in community and economic recovery, growth, and development.
  • International connections help expand student, faculty, and staff concepts of the changing world and our role in it.

The College’s primary focus is teaching and learning:

  • Excellent programs and services meet the needs of individuals and organizations.
  • Faculty and staff model and inspire a passion for learning.
  • Core competencies for lifelong learning are integrated into programs and services.
  • Green and sustainable practices protect our natural resources and model best practices for the local community.

Reaffirmed by the DCCC Board of Trustees, November 10, 2015

History of the College

Davidson County Community College was initially chartered in 1958 as an Industrial Education Center (IEC). Like other industrial education centers chartered in the 1950s and consolidated under the Community College Act of 1963, this center was designed to equip adults with the skills needed to move from an agricultural to a manufacturing-based economy. When the William E. Sinclair Building opened on a 22-acre site in 1963, the Davidson County IEC enrolled 125 students in vocational and technical programs and 51 students in adult education and service programs.

In 1965, the institution was chartered as Davidson County Community College (DCCC). The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees were added to the existing Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma, and certificate offerings.

The Davidson Campus has 13 buildings and two emergency services training facilities on approximately 97 acres. This includes recent additions of a Technology and Conference Center, a Transportation Technology Center, and a bookstore.

The Davie Campus opened in the spring of 1994 at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville with support from Davie County, the Town of Mocksville, business and industry, and citizens. The campus consists of 45 acres, three classroom and lab buildings, and an emergency services training facility.

The Davie Campus achieved multi-campus status by the state in 2004. A major expansion project in 2008 added 8,500 square feet of new space to the Laboratory Building. The first floor of the Community Building was renovated to include a state-of-the-art library and Internet cafe.

Due to support from many community partners, DCCC opened three satellite education centers in 2004, 2005, and 2008. The Uptown Lexington Education Center at 20 East First Street opened its doors in May 2004, with the Thomasville Education Center first offering courses in June 2005 at 305 Randolph Street. The Davie Education Center opened in April 2008, located in Advance.

Today, DCCC continues to grow, including the addition of state-of-the-art classrooms and new Macintosh-based computer, advanced manufacturing, and automotive labs. DCCC serves approximately 16,000 students each year and has more than 50 curriculum programs.