DANVILLE – Danville Community College has a lot in store for first-time and returning students to the campus this fall.
A brand new Student Center, new programs of study, and expanded course offerings are just some of the initiatives on tap for the start of the academic year. DCC’s fall semester classes begin August 23 and registration will continue through the first week of classes.
Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President of Academic and Student Services, says, in addition to opening the long-awaited Student Center, new programs of study include a completely online associate degree program in E-Commerce (Marketing); an Associate of Science in Engineering transfer degree, offered in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Produced in Virginia Initiative; new allied health programs; nanotechnology courses to help students prepare for a career in this exciting field; and new Career Study Certificates in Product Design and Development and Polymer/Plastics Processing.
“I think everyone is excited about our new Student Center,” Ezell says. “With more than 5,000 square feet and an additional 1,800 square feet of outdoor covered space, this will be a central point on campus dedicated to student activities.”
Ezell explains that DCC began construction of the $1.6 million Student Center in April 2009, but planning for it began many years earlier. The facility, located in the center of the campus adjacent to the Learning Resources Center and the Engineering and Industrial Technology (EIT) Building, will house the College’s food service operation, as well as space for recreation, student gatherings, and offices. The Student Center was funded by the DCC Educational Foundation through private and community resources, including the largest single donations – an investment of $725,000 made by the Danville Kiwanis Foundation and the Danville Lions Foundation.
DCC is pleased to offer its first online associate degree program in E-Commerce, which is one of the fastest growing careers for the future. A specialization in DCC’s Marketing program, all of the courses can be taken entirely online, offering flexibility to the student who needs flexibility to pursue higher education goals. Graduates of this program may seek employment in fields, such as web design, internet marketing in business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) transactions. DCC also offers a Career Studies Certificate in Web Site Design, which can also be taken completely over the internet.
In addition to other expanded distance learning opportunities, DCC’s Engineering degree will offer several courses online, including Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, and Computer Programming for Engineers. While these web-based classes are part of the Engineering degree, you do not have to be enrolled in the program to take these classes. However, certain course prerequisites are required.
New allied health programs this fall include expanded courses in the Dental Assisting program, which will also offer review classes for students planning to sit for certification; Medical Laboratory Technology; and Polysomnography (sleep studies). These programs join a line up of health-related programs offered in the state-of-the-art facility, Foundation Hall. Other allied health offerings are Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, Nurse Aide and Pharmacy Technician.
Two new Career Studies Certificates are being offered this fall in (1) Product Design and Development and (2) Polymer/Plastics Processing. The Product Design and Development program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to produce a product utilizing wood as the primary design medium and incorporate CAD/CAM/CNC technology. The Polymer/Plastics Processing program is designed for those seeking employment in polymer manufacturing organizations.
An exciting addition to the fall line-up will be the debut of Introduction to NanoMaterials & Processes course (PHY 195), which introduces students to the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a relatively new science that involves working with materials and building machines on the scale of molecules. The course has been created through funding from the National Science Foundation, with local industry partner Luna nanoWorks, and is intended to be the cornerstone to a proposed nanotechnology degree program. According to the National Science Foundation, nearly one million new nanotechnology-related jobs will be created in the U.S. by 2015.
Students taking the introductory nano class will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience with high-end scientific laboratory equipment that is usually available only to students at the university graduate level. This course is the perfect starting point for students interested in learning more about the intriguing field of nanotechnology. It is also an excellent course to be taken as an elective for students pursuing a degree in another field of science or for students in other majors who wish to add some high-tech experience to their resumes.
Students will also have their choice of a variety of new course offerings, including fine arts (sculpture, theatre, and film appreciation); physical education (Tai Chi, Yoga, Kung Fu); alternative fuels (Automotive); alternative energy (Electrical/Electronics Technology); and plant science and animal science (Horticulture).
DCC is one of 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System and offers more than 60 programs of study that lead to an associate degree, diploma, or certificate. Each semester the school enrolls more than 4,000 students who attend on a full-time or part-time basis, and take classes on the main campus or off campus at locations in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County.
There are several ways to register for fall classes – online (www.dcc.vccs.edu), in person in the Admissions Office, or off campus at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. For more information about registration, contact the Admissions Office at 434.797.8467, or email email@example.com.
Danville Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex or disability in its programs or activities