Staff Contact:

Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



Danville Community College’s first ever Major Gifts Campaign will focus on four initiatives to benefit students and the community, including scholarships and workforce training. Shown, left to right, are: Dr. Wade Davenport, Dean, Division of Arts and Science; DCC Student Josh McDowell; DCC Student Caroline Wood; DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey; DCC Student Trellis Waddell; Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President of Academic and Student Services; and Dr. Ed White, Dean of the Business and Engineering Technologies Division.

DANVILLE, VA, December 1, 2009 – Danville Community College is embarking on its first ever Major Gifts Campaign with a goal of raising $7 million over the next two years to provide financial resources to address the region’s need for a skilled and educated workforce, according to DCC President Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey. He added that campaign funds will increase access to scholarships, help students successfully obtain their degrees, assist in meeting regional workforce development needs, and provide ongoing education and training support for the area’s employees.

“As we consider DCC’s role in Southside Virginia and the achievement of our College goals, we must be proactive in developing additional resources to ensure our success,? Ramsey said. “While State funding continues to diminish, the needs and responsibilities of DCC continue to grow. New sources of funding must be considered in order to fulfill the initiatives DCC has identified as most critical to the future growth and success of our College.?

DCC, like many other community colleges across the nation, has seen a dramatic increase in enrollment over the past year. By the end of the 2009-10 academic year, officials predict DCC will have a 15 percent increase. DCC serves nearly 6,400 students annually. Ramsey said approximately 73 percent of DCC students attend part-time and many struggle to balance family, work, and school.

“We know that more than half of our students are on some type of financial assistance. Without continued scholarship support, I am convinced some of these students would not be able to attend college,? Ramsey said. “Scholarships, along with other initiatives that will provide specialized career and student development programs, are some of the campaign’s major initiatives to remove barriers for students.?

Twenty-two year old Josh McDowell couldn’t agree more with Ramsey. The DCC student is enrolled in one of the college’s newest program area – Engineering. McDowell says he would not be able to continue college without the scholarship funds.

“I don’t know if I would be here without the scholarship. With times tight like now, a lot of people don’t have the money for college. Every little bit of extra funds can help,? McDowell said.

Likewise, Trellis Waddell, 32, the mother of two young boys, said receiving a scholarship helped her pursue her goals.

“Having a scholarship gives me the opportunity to continue my education and compete in the workplace,? Waddell explained. She added she plans a career as a family counselor.

With dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher, Caroline Wood, a 2009 high school graduate thought she would have to delay the start of college. Then she learned she was the recipient of the Joe and Eileen Stendig Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship offered through the DCC Educational Foundation.

“I really appreciate the generosity of the donors,? Wood noted. “Without this scholarship I know I would not have been able to begin school this semester.?
In addition to a scholarship fund and enhancing the specialized career and student development programs, the campaign seeks to provide a Twenty-first Century Fund to continue state-of-the-art training labs to assist in meeting regional workforce development needs and offer the ability to respond rapidly to requests for new training programs.

“The Virginia Community College system projects an additional 40,000 college students by 2012,? added Buddy Rawley, Director of Development. “This campaign will address access for many new students and also address critical workforce shortages.?

For more information about the campaign or information on ways to give, please contact Buddy Rawley or the DCC Educational Foundation Office at 434.797.8495 or click here.


Copyright © 2009  by Danville Community College

1008 South Main St., Danville, VA 24541  |  434.797.2222  |  434.688.0136 (vp)  |  FAX: 434.797.8514  |  Toll-Free: 1.800.560.4291
 Danville Community College 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. Danville Community College prohibits sexual harassment including sexual violence.