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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations


DANVILLE, VA, April 6, 2010 - Tickets for the Annual Alumni Homecoming for Danville Community College and its predecessor institutions are now on sale. The April 24 event will be held from 3 – 6 p.m., on the school’s athletic field.

Dinner tickets cost $5 for each alumni and family member and they may be purchased in the DCC Educational Foundation Office, Room 211, in Foundation Hall, or by mail. Requests for tickets by mail should be sent to Styphenia Reliford, DCC Foundation Office,1008 South Main Street, Danville, Virginia, 24541. Checks should be made payable to the “DCC Educational Foundation.?

Homecoming at DCC focuses on alumni and family members from Danville Technical Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute-Danville and Danville Community College, a group comprising over 75,000 individuals.

“We look forward to seeing many people on campus who have not seen the facilities up close in a number of years. They will find interesting, hopefully exciting changes,? said Connie Wann, secretary for the DCC Alumni Council. “Our labs and instructional facilities show how rapidly technology has become an integral component in training in various areas, whether technical or liberal arts,? Wann continued. “They’ll really get a close-up look at the health care fields that will serve the public for the next 20 to 30 years, as they tour Foundation Hall with nursing and dental hygiene students.?

DCC students from six organizations and classes will also be recognized during the event. They are: Student Leaders Program, Justice Club, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), Knights baseball team, nursing and dental hygiene students.

“We are very excited about our second alumni homecoming at DCC,? Debra Carlson, DCC Alumni Council president, added. “We hope that it will renew old friendships, establish new ones and promote a sense of pride and unity in our graduates, as well as in our present students. DCC is an amazing institution that deserves recognition; our alumni deserve the same as well.?

Outdoor festivities also include the firehouse manned by local fire personnel, a popcorn machine constantly dispensing free popcorn and the batting practice cage for children who may be attending the event with their parents. While children play, alumni will be able to see new facilities, including the long-awaited Student Center, which is expected to be completed this summer. The Student Center, constructed entirely with donations from local organizations and individuals, is the third major building project on the campus in the past three years.

“Construction means change for the Danville Community College campus—change that signifies what will be offered in the future for all incoming students. It also represents the rich commitment to the campus that all alumni can be proud of,? explained Shannon Hair, president-elect of the DCC Alumni Council.
“It is important to showcase the campus and highlight the history of the longevity of DCC to all the proud alumni by providing homecoming events on campus and campus tours.?

During this second homecoming, Dr. Carlyle Ramsey, DCC president, will welcome alumni with an update on DCC’s recent history that encompasses 44 years as a community college and 74 years as three colleges on the campus site. Throughout the event, alumni will be able to meet friends, former faculty members, and student representatives, discuss the future offerings of the alumni association, participate in drawings for DCC memorabilia, and visit the DCC bookstore. Items in the bookstore available for purchase include shirts, hats, mugs and book bags, and the DCC History, a 396-page book, published in 2006, that includes the history of the three institutions and more than 150 photographs.

There are more than 75,000 alumni from the three institutions comprising Danville Community College and they live in regions throughout the United States, as well as in many foreign countries. Because DCC was created in 1966 by act of the Virginia General Assembly from two higher education institutions that operated from 1937 onward, alumni numbers exceed other community colleges in the state. Community college alumni are considered individuals who have successfully completed degree or certificate programs, as well as those who have passed at least one credit class. Sixty percent of residents in the DCC service region – Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County - have taken classes at the College.

“Throughout the previous decades of our region’s economic downturn with a loss of both textile and tobacco, DCC has been the beacon of hope for all adults interested in furthering their education and in re-crafting their workmanship for better placement or re-entry into our community,? Hair said. This campus has touched so many people. Those single- or multiple-class alumni are just as interested in their college as diploma track graduates because they were involved in upgrading of skills, retraining or engaging in new pursuits while on campus.

For more information about the Alumni Homecoming, contact 434.797.8437, or click here.


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