2018-2019 General Catalog 
    
    Sep 18, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Mission, Values, Strategic Plan, and History



Vision

Davidson County Community College is a local and national leader that develops minds, inspires imaginations, and strengthens community.

Mission

Davidson County Community College provides innovative and equitable learning experiences to empower individuals, transform lives, and prepare students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global community.

Values

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

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

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

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

Trust - embodying honesty, integrity, and openness

Equity - valuing diversity and promoting inclusive academic excellence

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

Strategic Plan

Goal 1:  Student Success through Completion

Davidson County Community College will cultivate and engage in culturally responsive practices that foster attainment of high-quality credentials that contribute to meaningful employment or successful transfer through the following strategic directions:

  • Improve retention and decrease time to completion through efficient, guided pathways
  • Support student success and accelerate completion through targeted initiatives
  • Prepare students for success through participation in a comprehensive first-year experience with continued support through completion
  • Develop, implement, and assess campus-wide professional development
  • Partner with local and state agencies to meet workforce needs

Goal 2:  Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The College will support the pursuit of academic excellence and optimize student learning that promotes equitable outcomes among learners from diverse backgrounds through the following strategic directions:

  • Utilize the results of learning outcomes assessment to improve teaching and learning
  • Recognize and celebrate faculty and staff
  • Recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff
  • Engage students in academic and co-curricular activities
  • Implement customized learning supports that meet individual student needs
  • Implement support practices to promote student learning
  • Develop professional development opportunities to support innovation in teaching
  • Implement a communications plan customized for targeted student populations
  • Pursue alternate funding opportunities to support the strategic priorities of the College
  • Practice and promote cultural competence

Goal 3:  Local to Global Connections

The College will strengthen engagement and partnerships to support local economic development and enhance global awareness through the following strategic directions:

  • Strengthen alignment of competencies and learning outcomes with industry needs through ongoing domestic and international business partnerships
  • Enhance communications with local K-12 and regional higher education partners
  • Respond to identified needs of our communities for well-trained and educated employees
  • Increase career connections for students
  • Expand programs, services, and partnerships to grow the Davie Campus
  • Enhance the perception and overall brand awareness of the College
  • Engage students in opportunities for global connectedness

Approved by the DCCC Board of Trustees, January 18, 2017

History of the College

Davidson County Community College opened in 1963 as the Davidson County Industrial Education Center. 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, 125 students were enrolled 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 physical footprint of DCCC has seen tremendous growth over the years. The Uptown Lexington Education Center opened in 2004, the Thomasville Education Center in 2005, and the Davie Education Center in Bermuda Run in 2008. On the Davidson Campus, the Conference Center opened in 2009, the Transportation Technology Building in 2010, and the East Carolina University dental clinic in 2014; the new Sarah and Edward Smith Health Sciences Center opens in 2018. On the Davie Campus, major expansion and renovation took place in 2008, and in 2012, an addition to the Gantt Building completed the Davie County Early College building project. Starting in 2015, through a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie County, DCCC began using the former Davie County Hospital for new programs in the health sciences, becoming one of the only community colleges to have access to real-life hospital space for daily classroom experiences.

Today, DCCC offers 45 curriculum programs that have evolved to ensure that students enter the workforce with 21st-century knowledge. In addition to a robust transfer program, DCCC has programs in such fields as advanced manufacturing and allied health. DCCC also is one of the few community colleges nationally to have a zoo and aquarium science program. Dental assisting will make its debut next year. Both the Davidson and Davie campuses are home to a successful Early College high school program; DCCC also partners with the Yadkin Valley Career Academy. Students clubs and an athletic program contribute to a vibrant campus life, while a successful international education program gives students the opportunity to both travel abroad and meet international visitors who come to DCCC.