Danville Community College (DCC), which is part of the Virginia Community College System, offers more than 100 areas of study ranging from short-term career training to two-year degrees that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities.
DCC offers classes at its main campus in Danville as well as in South Boston at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Many classes are available online, including some completely online programs that may be completed from anywhere – including cybersecurity, e-commerce, and logistics management. Many workforce programs are offered at the Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training, and a new high-tech welding building and completely renovated Engineering & Industrial Technology building was unveiled in spring 2018.
DCC’s cybersecurity programs have been recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education. DCC is the first rural community college to achieve this prestigious endorsement, which was announced by a visit by the governor in January 2017. DCC information technology graduates have been hired by companies such as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Noblis, Microsoft, Tekabyte, Gamewood, the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Community College System, Virginia Bank and Trust, and American National Bank, among others.
Nursing graduates of DCC are in high demand. The nursing program ranks number one in Virginia. DCC’s licensed practical nursing students have maintained a perfect pass rate on the NCLEX state board exams since 2012 and registered nursing students since 2014. Nurses undergo a rigorous two-year program in a realistic hospital simulation lab environment.
College transfer is the largest area of study at DCC, with associate degrees in science, engineering, liberal arts, and social science designed to kick-start the path to a bachelor’s degree. DCC has articulation agreements with 40+ colleges and universities, meaning that students who meet certain requirements are automatically accepted into the four-year institution after graduating from DCC. Completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at DCC saves at least $15,000 in tuition for an in-state, public university – much more if the student goes out-of-state or to a private school.
Area high school students in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County have the opportunity to earn college credit and workforce credentials at no cost to their families, thanks to DCC’s dual enrollment program. Students can take college-level classes in fields such as precision machining, information technology, cosmetology, automotive, and general education, getting a head start on their associate degree or certification.
DCC’s workforce programs are designed with industry needs in mind, preparing students for in-demand careers in just a few months. Short-term career training programs can be completed in 4 to 10 months in areas such as welding, website design, small business management, phlebotomy, Cisco and COMPTIA A+, mobile app development, cosmetology, and others. Some programs can even be completed in as little as 6 weeks (truck driving) or 10 weeks (certified nursing assistant, manufacturing technician).
DCC’s advanced manufacturing programs play a critical role in building a pipeline of skilled workers to meet industry needs. Every year, DCC students in the two-year precision machining diploma program make it to the national level in the annual SkillsUSA competition; DCC student Dylan Hardy won first place in the U.S. in 2016.
For further industry training, DCC partners with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to offer leading-edge precision machining and dimensional inspection programs at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining. The center houses a high-precision CNC manufacturing cell and industrial quality inspection lab. Students train on the same CNC machine tools and metrology equipment that are currently used in the advanced manufacturing industries. The Integrated Machining Technology program is the first of its kind in the nation and offers a third-year training certificate for graduates of precision machining program to further hone their skills and prepare for higher-level positions and salaries. Dimensional Inspection (Metrology) is a nine-month training program for specialized quality control inspectors and is one of only two member schools in the U.S. of the ASQ-CQI apprenticeship program.
Whatever your goals, DCC offers many scholarships and grants to help you reach them. The DCC Educational Foundation awards more than $600,000 to students each year, making DCC’s low tuition even more affordable.