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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations

Dionne Daniels
Liberal Arts/Biology

ionne Daniels

Walking down the aisle to receive your college degree is a satisfying feeling, and Dionne Daniels of Danville can attest to this emotion. Daniels has accomplished a lot in her 19 years. The mother of a two-year-old, she has successfully juggled parenthood, school, and a part-time job.

“While attending DCC, I have had to overcome quite a few obstacles, such as balancing parental responsibilities with my responsibilities as a student, moving out on my own and learning how to manage my time and budget to fit in with my new lifestyle,? Daniels says.

“The help of my family and friends coupled with the easy-going atmosphere of the DCC campus helped me overcome my obstacles by guiding me along the proper path and making my transition smooth and un-stressful,? she continues.

A 2008 graduate of Galileo Magnet High School, Daniels was introduced to DCC early on through a number of dual enrollment courses that she took in high school. Upon graduation, Daniels enrolled in DCC in Fall 2008.

“I chose DCC because of its location, cost and the work environment,? she adds. “I would say the easy learning environment would be the best thing about the College.?

Daniels, the daughter of Brenda Gresham, is a first-generation college student, and says she has received lots of encouragement to continue her education by her grandmother and a Galileo school counselor, Kathy Shanks.

“Both women always insisted that I do my absolute best in everything so that I will be successful in life,? she explains. “Without them I probably would not be where I am today.?

Daniels completed studies for her Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Liberal Arts in Summer 2009, but she is returning to DCC in the fall semester to take a few more courses before she transfers to Averett University in Spring 2010.

“I chose my major because I love science and want to help others come to love it as much as I do,? she says. “I also believe that biology is the foundation for studying anything regarding life and by helping others to understand it, I can inadvertently contribute to the next big cure, whether it be for AIDS, Cancer, etc.?

While at DCC, Daniels has worked part-time in the Student Development Office and as a tutor in the Tutoring Center. She is a past president and vice president of the African-American Culture Club. In addition, she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, God’s Pit Crew, and the Bread for Life project.

“I have enjoyed DCC. The teachers are very easy to get along with and they make you feel right at home. It’s a great school and the memories you will create here will be well worth it,? Daniels says. “I would most definitely encourage others to attend DCC. It’s a great place to be!

For more information about DCC, please contact Cathy Pulliam, Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment Management, 434.797.8538, 800.560.4291, ext. 8538, or click here.

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