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Davidson County Community College    
 
    
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Student Engagement, Student Life & Campus Safety



Student Engagement

The college offers a comprehensive program of student services designed to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. In an effort to facilitate total student development, Student Affairs staff provide students with learning opportunities to meet their intellectual, academic, personal, social, cultural, and physical needs; help with making realistic career choices; help in developing a greater sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and responsibility for their own behavior; assist with becoming more open, honest, and trusting in their relationships with others; and assist with developing the life skills necessary to live productive and fulfilled lives.

Academic Advising

Academic advising at Davidson County Community College is an on-going, intentional and educational partnership dedicated to our students’ academic success. The purpose is to provide students an advising experience that promotes achievement of academic and career goals and a greater appreciation for the relationship between education, self-reliance, and lifelong learning. Academic advisors will 1) assist students with clarifying their academic goals, 2) provide accurate information about program options, requirements course description and prerequisites, 3) refer students to appropriate campus resources and 4) work with students to develop an educational plan that will effectively lead students toward goal completion.

Advisors guide and support students and collaborate with academic departments and support services to promote diverse educational experiences that foster success and responsible citizenship. Academic advisors are knowledgeable about the College’s academic departments, policies and procedures, as well as four year institutions and can assist with information related to application deadlines, programs of study, campus visits, financial assistance, and other frequently asked questions. Students who are interested in transferring to a four year institution are encouraged to discuss transfer options with their academic advisor.

Academic Advising is located in the B. E. Mendenhall Jr. Building on the Davidson Campus. The Davie Campus Advisement Center is located in the Administration Building.

Counseling, Health & Disability Access Services

Counseling, Health and Disability Access Services supports the emotional, intellectual, and social development of all DCCC students. The college is committed to helping individuals resolve existing problems, prevent potential problems, and develop new skills that will enrich their lives.

Disability Access Services

Students with a disability or medical condition may need special services and/or accommodations to participate in the academic programs and services at DCCC. If a student with a disability wishes to receive an accommodation and access services, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose their disability and request accommodations. Students may elect to disclose a disability at any time, but students are encouraged to contact Disability Access Services as soon as possible to ensure timely and appropriate accommodations.

Nurse & Mental Health Counselor

A registered nurse from Davidson County Health Department and a licensed professional counselor from Family Services of Davidson County are available on the Davidson Campus several days per week. The campus nurse is available for individualized referrals to students during the fall and spring semesters and the licensed counselor is available for assessments, personal counseling, and referrals. In addition, the nurse and professional counselor provide consultation and educational programming connected to Title IX, nutrition, healthy habits, stress management, emotional wellness and other health-related topics.

Men Moving Mountains

The Minority Male Success Initiative is a program that was developed to closely align with student success initiatives currently taking place at DCCC.  This initiative works to strengthen minority male student outcomes by encouraging participation and collaboration among student participants and institutional departments. This program is for men who want to realize their dreams of obtaining a college degree through various educational and professional resources.

TRiO Program

TRiO Program is funded through a grant from the U. S. Department of Education for students who are first generation college students, low income eligible and/or have a documented disability. The program provides opportunities for academic improvement and mastery of basic college skills, as well as activities that motivate and propel students toward a successful completion of their post-secondary education. TRiO offers academic monitoring, co-advisement, career and personal counseling, tutoring, study skills, and educational/cultural enrichment experiences. It seeks to increase college retention and the graduation rates of its participants as well as to encourage transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, contact the TRiO Office, located on the second floor of the Grady Edward Love Learning Resource Center.

Specific program services include:

  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Supplemental financial assistance for eligible students
  • College transfer advisement and assistance
  • Individual tutorial services
  •  Monitoring of classroom progress
  • Workshops for academic career, and personal success
  • Financial literacy information and workshops
  • Assistance with completing the FAFSA and college applications
  • Space for homework and tutoring
  • Opportunities to visit colleges and participate in cultural activities

How to apply to the program:

  1. Obtain an application from the college website or come to the TRiO Program Office located in the Grady Edward Love Learning Resource Center.
  2. Complete the application and schedule an appointment with the Program Director.

Single Stop

Single Stop is an opportunity for students to get connected to college and community resources and provides:

  • free tax preparation, financial and legal counseling services
  • access to support programs such as food stamps, childcare, Medicaid, and
  • referrals to community resources for emergency housing, utility assistance, and medication assistance.

Single Stop is located on the second Floor of the B.E. Mendenhall Jr. Building on the Davidson Campus and can be reached by email at singlestop@davidsonccc.edu.

First Aid

The College location is such that the campuses are easily accessible to the hospitals of Thomasville, Lexington, and Davie County. Public ambulances are available on a 24-hour schedule. First-aid supplies are also available to students in all shops and laboratories, in the Enrollment Center located in the B.E. Mendenhall Jr. Building and at the campus receptionist area on the Davie Campus. In the event of accident or medical emergency at any DCCC campus location, call 911.

Career Development

Career Development is located on the second floor of the Grady Edward Love Learning Resource Center. Career Counseling and other support services are available to students and alumni on a walk-in basis or by appointment by calling 336-249-8186, extension 6245 or, email cd@davidsonccc.edu.

Career Counseling & Assessment

Career Counselors are available to help students make important decisions about majors and careers through individual and group career counseling. Online career assessments help students learn more about themselves, their interests, skills, and values in order to make thoughtful choices. In addition, students can receive assistance in obtaining educational and occupational information, researching labor market information, including employment outlook and salary information, learning about decision-making and career planning, and coping with career challenges and transition issues.

Part-time & Full-time Student Employment

Career Development works to increase employment and internship opportunities for students from the first semester at DCCC through graduation. The office receives employment listings from local and regional employers throughout the year and maintains a referral system of potential student employees to those employers. Faculty are notified of any job openings to share with interested students in their classes. In addition, students seeking part-time jobs while they are attending college or full-time employment related to their program of study can contact the Student Job Developer for assistance.

Classroom presentations are provided throughout the year on a variety of career and employment related topics. Career Counseling staff help to prepare students for a successful job search by teaching them how to write an effective resume and cover letter, and how to prepare for a job interview through our interview coaching process. There are free online resources including an online resume and cover letter builder, a resume feedback drop box and several interview preparation videos.

Work Study Opportunities

Students may apply for a variety of on campus employment openings through the Federal Work Study Program. The work study application and list of available positions are located on the college Financial Aid website. This program provides an opportunity for eligible students to gain professional level work experience while pursuing their education and earning a source of financial aid. Staff can assist interested students with the application process in addition to preparing for work-study interviews.

Bookstore

A College Bookstore is provided on campus as a service to the student body, faculty, and staff. Textbooks, school supplies, and other course-related materials are available. The Bookstore also provides opportunities for students to sell and buy used books. The bookstore is located in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center and the hours of operation are posted on the DCCC website.

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center (CDC) provides a hands-on laboratory site for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education degree program by offering exemplary care and education for pre-school children. The center offers students of the College opportunities to learn about the development and education of children by observing and interacting with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers and staff. In addition, the center serves as a collaborative partner with local childcare providers and community agencies committed to enhancing the quality of care and education for young children.

The CDC enrolls children from infancy through five years of age and operates with a five-star license. The five-star rating is the highest granted by the N.C. Division of Child Development, which regulates licensed early care and education facilities in the state.

Davie Campus Services

The College provides access to student services at the Davie Campus in Mocksville. Students may request assistance by contacting Davie Campus personnel.

Food Services

Food service is available in the Storm Cellar in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center on the Davidson Campus. Hot meals are available from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vending machines with snacks, beverages, confections, etc., are available in most buildings on both campuses.

Student Life & Leadership

Student Life and Leadership provides co-curricular opportunities for out-of-classroom learning through student leadership development, self-exploration, and social interaction. Student Life focuses primarily on four key areas: leadership development, student governance, event programming, and student organizations. Student Life facilitates major campus-wide events including cultural and educational programs.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) mission is to serve as the voice of the student body by promoting campus involvement, fostering leadership development, and overseeing and assisting in the development of student organizations, and by acting as a liaison between student and the campus administration. All students, full-time or part-time, are a part of the Student Government Association and can attend SGA Council meetings and participate in all activities sponsored by the SGA. The Student Government Association Office is located in the Student Lounge.

Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program recruits qualified students to represent Davidson County Community College in a number of initiatives, serving as role models and mentors to all students. This group of trained student representatives provides the campus with an additional resource of student leaders to assist new and current students in the admissions/registration process, represent the College in outreach efforts, assist in campus wide events and promote the image of DCCC. 

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge, located in the J. Bryan Brooks Student Center, is a community space available for students to unwind and socialize, watch TV, play foosball, air-hockey, video and board games or just relax between classes.

Athletics

Davidson County Community College offers women’s volleyball and men’s basketball intercollegiate athletic programs. Each program enhances the college experience for students and is committed to providing a comprehensive and well-rounded athletic experience in support of the College’s educational initiatives.

The College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the teams compete in Division III, Region 10. Student-athletes must be enrolled each semester as a full-time student with 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Fitness Centers

The Fitness Center on the Davidson Campus is a workout facility and provides faculty, staff, students, and alumni the opportunity to stay fit and healthy. The equipment includes Cybex pin-select weight training machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary and spin cycles, and a full free weight training area. Staff are available to assist anyone in meeting their fitness goals. Group exercise classes are also offered free of charge to all students and staff throughout the week.

The Davie Fitness Center is located in the Health and Technology Building. The equipment includes new Cybex pin-select weight training machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, stationary and spin cycles, and a full free weight training area.

Service Learning

Davidson County Community College is committed to providing students with meaningful experiences, leadership development, and a sense of civic responsibility through structured curricular and co-curricular activities.

Faculty will provide student with organized activities that address community needs while strengthening their academic skills. Student then reflect on their service and how it relates to their course objectives.

Service projects, sponsored by Student Affairs, allow students to participate in service activities and reflections without having to be affiliated with a specific course.

Campus Safety

Davidson County Community College is committed to providing the best possible education for students and a good working environment for employees. In striving to achieve this goal, it is important to assure the physical and emotional safety for students, faculty, and staff. College employees and students are responsible for taking safety seriously, preventing and/or reporting any unsafe conditions, and continuously practicing safety while performing any work or using any College facilities. Members of the campus community are encouraged to immediately report safety concerns of any kind to the following individuals:

  • Campus Resource Officers, Davidson and Davie Campuses
  • Security Personnel, Davidson and Davie Campuses
  • Associate Dean, Campus Safety & Compliance
  • Director, Human Resources
  • Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Any supervisor of an academic program or campus service

Confidential crime reports may be made to the Davidson and Davie Campus Resource Officers.

Security Personnel

  • Associate Dean, Campus Safety & Compliance - The Associate Dean is responsible for campus safety efforts, student conduct resolution, and leading the DCCC Behavioral Intervention Team. The Associate Dean, in collaboration with Campus Resource Officers, prepares the annual disclosure of crime statistics for the College.
  • Campus Resource Officers - Two Davidson County sheriff’s deputies serve as Campus Resource Officers (CRO) on the Davidson Campus and a Davie County sheriff’s deputy serves as a Campus Resource Officer for the Davie Campus. Resource Officers are sheriff’s department employees authorized to carry weapons and make arrests. Resource Officers can provide information about registered sex offenders.
  • Security Officers - assist with building security and administering campus safety plans.
  • Facilities: Video cameras are installed in select buildings and exterior locations to assist security personnel with identifying unsafe situations and mitigating property loss.

Notification Systems

  • Calls to 911 Emergency are automatically routed to Davidson and Davie county first responders, and the campus phone extension and building location are automatically identified in the call.
  • Mass notification system and a text, email, and phone notification system serve to quickly disseminate emergency messages across campus.
  • College’s website provides emergency messaging to the community.

In the event of an emergency that may affect the safety of individuals, property or the continuity of college operations, the campus community will be notified in a timely manner through the following means, in the order listed:

  1. An alert will be disseminated to the campus via an all-building audio mass-notification system. A phone message will also disseminate through this system to all campus phones.
  2. An email, voice message, and text alert will be disseminated to the campus community via Blackboard Connect, a second mass notification system used by the College.
  3. Emergency messaging will be displayed on desktop and mobile device versions of the College’s website. Messaging will appear on every page of the website.

Disclosure

Twice per year, the College’s safety and emergency response procedures and crime statistics are disseminated to students, faculty and staff via email. Campus Resource Officers on the Davidson and Davie Campuses keep records of crime statistics and make these records available to the public upon request.

Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multidisciplinary proactive campus behavioral intervention team committed to maintaining the overall safety of the campus community. BIT is designed to provide a method for communication, assessment, early intervention and management of behaviors exhibited by individuals of the College community that could pose a threat to the health, safety and well-being of the campus community. This process provides the College community with a tool and conduit with which to alert campus officials of concerns about a student’s behavior.

Purpose

The BIT serves as a centralized coordinating body focused on addressing the needs of students who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances or have engaged in harmful or disruptive behaviors.

BIT Members

The BIT is composed of representatives from critical areas of the campus community and includes:

  • Associate Dean, Campus Safety & Compliance, presider
  • Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Manager Counseling, Health & Disability Access Services
  • Faculty Representative/Academics
  • Faculty Representative/Human Resources
  • Associate Dean, Health, Wellness and Public Safety
  • Director, Student Life and Leadership

In addition, the Team may call upon others, as needed, to share unique perspectives of the individual in crisis.

Reporting

Anyone can report a concern about an individual. Faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members are encouraged to use the Behavioral Incident Report link on the College website or to contact the Associate Dean, Campus Safety & Compliance at 336-249-8186 ext. 6130, or via email. If the Associate Dean is not available, reports can be made to any member of the BIT.