For Immediate Release



Alexis Ehrhardt

DANVILLE, VA, April 17, 2009 – To assist students in transferring to four-year colleges and universities, Danville Community College has established a Transfer Center and hired a Transition Counselor. The initiative is in line with the Virginia Community College System’s strategic plan, Dateline 2009, which seeks to triple the number of community college graduates who successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The Transfer Center, formalized in January 2008, is coordinated by Alexis Ehrhardt, Transition Counselor and includes a variety of events and resources that are available to all DCC students. The Transfer Center is located in the lower level of the Learning Resources Building, Room 14. The components of the program include:

Individual Appointments
The Transition Counselor is available to assist students and their faculty advisor in planning a curriculum and helping to identify a list of transfer institutions that match the student’s personal, academic and professional interests. Ehrhardt also puts students in touch with the appropriate admission, financial aid, and faculty contacts at four-year colleges and universities; assists with admission applications and essays; and once a student is admitted, helps them register for on-campus housing, as well as transfer student orientation programs.

Workshop Series
DCC provides workshops that focus on the transfer process and they are facilitated by Ehrhardt and four-year college/university representatives.

College Visits
There are three visits per semester to four-year colleges and universities that are offered free-of-charge to DCC students. During 2008-09, student visits were coordinated to Ferrum College, Longwood University, Lynchburg College, Radford University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. Visits to other colleges are being planned for the 2009-10 academic year.

Transfer Day
The Annual Transfer day is held each fall with 27 four-year institutions participating in 2008.
College Admission Representatives on Campus
Each semester, representatives from four-year institutions visit and provide displays and information about their respective schools.

Transfer Materials
DCC transfer guides and CDs, as well as admissions materials from many colleges and universities are available in the Transfer Center (LRC Building, Room#14)

SDV 100 for Transfer Students
A College Success Skills course (SDV 100) is offered for Transfer bound students each semester. The course focuses on the transfer process and available resources.

Although just beginning its second year, Ehrhardt says the program is getting rave reviews.

“We have already served several hundred DCC students since January 2008,? Ehrhardt says. “In a recent institutional effectiveness survey, 92 percent of students reported being ‘very satisfied’ with the center and having a transition counselor, while 100 percent were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with DCC’s transfer materials. It shows this service is very much needed.?

When asked about the transfer program, first-year student Brittany Atkins agreed, saying, “It’s a very beneficial program. The resources are boundless. Alexis (Ehrhardt) knows so much about the transfer process. Transferring would be easier for all transfer students if they took advantage of this program.?

For April Faircloth, the visits to other colleges are an integral part of the transfer program, because the visits allow students to narrow down their college lists.

“I was able to visit Lynchburg College, thanks to a trip offered by Danville Community College,? says Faircloth, who plans to transfer this fall. “Actually seeing the campus gave me a feel for what the school is like that I would not have gotten otherwise. It has really helped me with deciding where I should go to earn my Bachelor's degree after graduating from DCC.?

Ehrhardt advises students who want to be kept aware of the various transfer-related events to visit the web site by clicking here.

Transfer and vocational technical students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree should take advantage of DCC’s transfer program. For more information, contact Alexis Ehrhardt at 434.797.8469, toll free at 800.560.4291, or click here.

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