THONWS-01-06-21 DDCC RENAME

Davidson-Davie Community College is the new name for DCCC, an institution that first opened its doors almost 60 years ago on a spacious tract of land between Lexington and Thomasville in Davidson County.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — A new year brings with it a new name for the school formerly known as Davidson County Community College.

On Jan. 1, the college announced that the name of the institution will now be Davidson Davie Community College. This signifies an effort by the school to fuse the identities of its two campuses in Davidson and Davie counties.

“Today, there’s a new entry in our history book,” said Darrin Hartness, Davidson Davie Community College president, in a video released to students last week. “As we proudly share our new name, we also recommit ourselves to the same core mission: an excellent education, which leads to promising careers, and supports the success of the communities we serve in Davidson and Davie counties.”

Davidson County Community College has existed since 1963, when it was known as the Davidson County Industrial Education Center. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, the college offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to four-year universities.

DCCC has served Davie County for a long time, but did not have a campus in the community until 1994, when the Mocksville campus opened. That campus now has four buildings, emergency services training facilities and truck driver training area. Davie County Early College High School is also located on the Davie campus.

A few programs are offered only at the Davie campus, but Davie County students often take classes on the Davidson campus. Davidson students also sometimes attend classes on the Davie campus.

“We are changing our name to reflect what has always been true; we are a college that proudly serves Davidson and Davie counties, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds,” said DDCC Board of Trustees Chair Kevin Firquin.

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 opened 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.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.