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    Dec 02, 2021  
DCC Catalog

College Information



General Information

Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the statewide Virginia Community College System. DCC’s service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. The college, its employees, and students are governed by the policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges with the support and advice of the Danville Community College Board.

DCC promotes and maintains educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors. DCC prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries related to the college’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer, Danville Community College, 1008 S. Main St., Danville, VA 24541, 434.797.8524; toll free: 800.560.4291, ext. 288524, or 434.688.4764 (VP); or email titleix@danville.edu.

Danville Community College values the multi-cultural diversity of its students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to creating and nurturing a campus environment that both welcomes and empowers all individuals. We recognize cultural differences of background, experience, and national origin, and we seek to promote a genuine understanding and appreciation for these differences. We also seek to recognize and promote the common bonds of humanity, which cross the boundaries of cultural differences.

History

Danville Community College developed from two institutions. Danville Technical Institute opened in 1936 as Danville Textile School, becoming Danville Technical Institute in 1941. The Danville Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute first began as an engineering division in 1946, and was later expanded to include the first two years of coursework for all engineering, business administration, liberal arts, and science majors. DCC was one of the original four colleges to join the Virginia Community College System in 1966.

Programs

DCC offers more than 100 programs in general education, college transfer, and career training, along with customized classes to meet the needs of business and industry. For more information on academic programs, see Programs . See page 50 for advanced manufacturing programs.

College Goals

1. Educational Programs: The college will provide quality credit and non-credit educational programs and instruction.
2. Faculty and Staff: The college will have an excellent and diverse faculty and staff.
3. Academic and Student Services: The college will provide quality services to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals.
4. Educational Environment: The college will have facilities, equipment, and technology that enhance an effective learning environment.
5. Outreach Programs: The college will have a comprehensive outreach program.
6. Community Relations: The college will foster effective partnerships.
7. Resources: The college will obtain and use resources to achieve its mission and goals.

General Education Goals

Civic Engagement is the ability to contribute to the civic life and well-being of local, national, and global communities as both a social responsibility and a life-long learning process. Degree graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and civic values necessary to become informed and contributing participants in a democratic society.

Critical Thinking s the ability to use information, ideas and arguments from relevant perspectives to make sense of complex issues and solve problems. Degree graduates will locate, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions.

Professional Readiness is the ability to work well with others and display situationally and culturally appropriate demeanor and behavior. Degree graduates will demonstrate skills important for successful transition into the workplace and pursuit of further education.

Quantitative Literacy is the ability to perform accurate calculations, interpret quantitative information, apply and analyze relevant numerical data, and use results to support conclusions. Degree graduates will calculate, interpret, and use numerical and quantitative information in a variety of settings.

Scientific Literacy is the ability to apply the scientific method and related concepts and principles to make informed decisions and engage with issues related to the natural, physical, and social world. Degree graduates will recognize and know how to use the scientific method, and to evaluate empirical information.

Written Communication is the ability to develop, convey, and exchange ideas in writing, as appropriate to a given context and audience. Degree graduates will express themselves effectively in a variety of written forms.

Approved October 30, 2018, by the DCC Curriculum Committee.

Educational Foundation

The Danville Community College Educational Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of concerned citizens, donors and alumni. The Foundation was established to enhance the academic excellence of Danville Community College and to improve the college’s ability to serve the citizens of our area in accordance with the college’s mission. Objectives of the Foundation include: Awarding student scholarships, providing professional development for faculty and staff, ensuring that instructional equipment keeps pace with technological changes, strengthening the academic programs, and encouraging cultural activities. For more information, visit danville.edu/foundation.

Statement of Accreditation

Danville Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Danville Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The commission should only be contacted concerning an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about Danville Community College (such as admission requirements, financial aid, education programs, etc.) should be directed to the college, not the commission’s office.

The SACSCOC accreditation liaison for the college is Cory Potter, Director of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness, and Research.

Why Accreditation Matters

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution:

  • Has a mission appropriate to higher education
  • Has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission
  • Maintains clearly specified educational objectives consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the process of self-reflection and evidence-based evaluation toward achieving its stated objectives
  • Beyond that, accreditation ensures we honor the promises we make to our DCC community. It exemplifies a shared understanding and demonstration of the SACSCOC core values - integrity, peer review, student learning, continuous quality improvement, accountably and transparency - across the college.