DCC Catalog 
    Jan 27, 2022  
DCC Catalog

Workforce Services

Danville Community College plays a vital role in regional economic development. Through its Workforce Services division, DCC provides a wide variety of educational opportunities designed to meet occupational, professional, and personal interests and needs. Programs begin at various times throughout the year and vary in length. Services include custom training programs; short workshops and seminars; high-tech training using state-of-the-art equipment; credentialing or career training, management and supervisory development; basic career skills; and use of college facilities for company-sponsored training.

Financial aid and grant funding may be available for certain workforce programs. For more information, contact 434.797.6437 or visit danville.edu/workforce.


Apprenticeship training is coordinated through DCC in partnership with the Virginia Dept. of Labor and Industry. Apprenticeship is a training system that assists businesses and employees with skills development. Apprentices learn the “how to” of their occupation on the job and learn the “why” in related technical instruction taught in the classroom. Apprentices receive on-the-job training combined with classroom-related instruction to ensure that the apprentice is fully trained in all areas of their chosen occupation. Students may work part-time or full-time as registered apprentices. They must be actively pursuing career preparation courses or a diploma, certificate or degree program related to their occupation, include apprenticeship related instruction as part of coursework, and enter into a written training agreement that represents a partnership between the employer, the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, and the student. Apprentices are awarded a journeyman certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia after successful completion of the on-the-job training and related instruction.

For more information, contact 434.797.8582.

Continuing adult education and community service programs are offered in order to fulfill the educational needs of the community. These include: (1) the opportunity to pursue a degree or certificate curriculum of study or to take courses either with or without college credit during the regular day and evening class hours; (2) classes, forums, lectures, exhibits, short courses,(3) various community development programs and seminars; (4) an offering of non-cataloged special courses or programs to the community’s industries, businesses or professions, directed and taught at the college or at the client’s site by the faculty and staff of the college; and (5) special services such as use of college facilities, tours and visits and other services as they are needed. Non-credit courses and activities are offered on a self-supporting basis.

Consistent with the college’s mission of serving the educational needs and helping meet the requirements for trained manpower in the service area, the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT) was established in to assist public and private organizations with economic and human resource development. Through a variety of activities, including seminars, training, consultation and resource networking, the Center works to assist community economic development by:

  • Promoting quality team building,
  • Increasing productivity and the quality of the working environment,
  • Attracting new businesses and industry, and
  • Educating the general public about economic development.

Funding assistance programs are available to students seeking workforce training and credentialing. These programs are designed to cover unmet costs of tuition, books, and supplies.

  • TARE (Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment) is a grant-funded program that provides financial assistance for students who are already receiving Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW). Students who are already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be eligible for the SNAP Employment and Training Grant.
  • SCALE UP (Successful Credentialing Assistance Leading to Employment to Upend Poverty) is a grant-funded program to help residents train for employment in high-demand fields. It is a partnership between Danville Community College, the Danville City division of the Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Employment Commission. The program serves adults who are unemployed or underemployed. Participants may begin the free program with a four-week job preparation course, or immediately enroll in a career studies certificate program at DCC. The program is open to currently enrolled DCC students.
  • CAPE (Career Assisted Pathways to Employment) is a grant-funded program, which enables participants to participate in a four week, work-readiness training. The training is designed to address the deficit of skills training in interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, development of basic computer skills, and customer service in the workplace. The training also consists of interviewing and résumé writing, financial literacy, team building and problem solving, job shadowing, paid internships, family relationships, and mental health. The CAPE program provides individuals with enhanced workplace-essential skills, with an emphasis on career pathways that will provide a living wage, thus allowing participants to pursue a more fulfilling and financially secure life.
  • Financial Aid for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) Grant provides need-based tuition assistance for students enrolled in a workforce training program leading to an industry credential or licensure
  • New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG) is a program in Virginia that provides a pay-for-performance model for assisting students in paying for eligible FastForward workforce training program tuition that have been approved to lead to an industry-recognized credential in high-demand fields. Most programs take between six and twelve weeks and are built so students can get their education while they work. Eligible students can earn an industry credential at 1/3 the cost. The program includes requirements for students to complete the program of study in order to avoid paying additional costs.

Eligible FastForward Programs:

  • CDL Tractor Trailer
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA A+ Networking
  • Manufacturing Technician (MT1)
  • Manufacturing Specialist (MS)
  • Plumbing
  • Welding - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding - Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

All requests for funding assistance will be reviewed on a “first come, first served” basis. Priority will be given to students residing within the college’s service region and those demonstrating the greatest financial need. The application process includes a completed application, personal essay, and documentation of financial need.