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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations

Try It, See If You Like It…


DANDANVILLE, VA, July 21, 2015 – Now you can explore a career in advanced manufacturing, information technology (IT), or the hospitality industry through exploratory courses at Danville Community College. DCC is waiving the tuition for these exploratory courses to allow you to decide if this is the career for you, prior to the start of the fall semester classes on August 24.

“These courses are designed to give prospective students a chance to explore their potential interests,? says DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism. “DCC is making the commitment and waiving the tuition in order to provide opportunities for those who otherwise might not have thought about skills-based training. These programs lead students to successfully achieving industry skills certifications in areas, such as welding (American Welding Society), machining (National Institute for Metalworking Skills), mechatronics (Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification), and IT (CompTia+ and Cisco).?

The exploratory courses are targeted to the following prospective students and are offered at no cost:
• High school graduate (out of school for at least one year and never attended college); or
• Enrolled in a GED program or a GED completer; or
• First-generation college student (meaning neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.)

“If you have been thinking about changing your life, changing your career, and getting the training you need to jump-start the rest of your life, DCC is making an investment in your future and we encourage you to try out, at no cost, these exploratory opportunities,? Scism offers.

As a convenience, Scism says the courses are offered in multiple sections on week days, evenings and Saturdays. All of the courses include a discussion of job opportunities and salary expectations for each career.

“Topics in Advanced Manufacturing? exposes students to several different areas of advanced manufacturing: welding, industrial maintenance/mechatronics, electronics and precision machining.

“This course is intended to give an overview of advanced manufacturing topics. It’s good for someone who thinks he or she might want to work in a modern manufacturing environment, but does not know in what capacity,? explains Jerry Franklin, Director of Manufacturing and Technical Services. “After the three-day class, you’ll have a really good feel for what those jobs involve. All of those jobs pay anywhere from $15 to $35 per hour. If you’re ambitious, have a curiosity about how things work, have a decent mechanical aptitude, and like working with other people in a team environment, this course is a good place to start.?

The classes will meet in the Charles R. Hawkins Engineering and Industrial Technologies (EIT) Building on the following dates:
• Aug. 10, 11 and 12: 9:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
• Aug. 17, 19 and 20: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
• Aug. 8, 15 and 22: 8:00 a.m.-Noon.

“Topics in Information Technology? introduces you to the world of IT and the various career opportunities, according to Steven Carrigan, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology.

“The elements of this course are all part of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Networking, as well as the Career Studies Certificates,? Carrigan says. “The course introduces network operating systems, Cisco networking systems, Voice over IP, telecommunications, network security, virtualization technologies, web page design and programming.? Carrigan adds the final day of class is a general information session designed to guide students in the process of becoming a student at DCC, by providing them information on registering for classes and applying for Financial Aid.

The class will meet in the Taylor Building, Room 106, on the following date:
• Aug. 10, 11, 12 and 13: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

“Topics in Hospitality Careers – Fundamentals? offers an overview of the hospitality industries in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County. It includes a discussion of customer service skills, and the basic fundamentals of the hospitality business, including restaurant and institutional food services.
• Aug. 7: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Location: Riddle Center, Gretna.
• Aug. 10, 11 and 12: Noon-2:00 p.m. or 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: Wyatt 202.

If you’re interested in continuing to learn about advanced manufacturing, information technology or hospitality after taking an exploratory course, DCC staff will help you enroll in training starting in the fall semester. Some training can be completed in one year or less.

For more information, call the DCC Hotline at 434.797.8442, toll free at 1.800.560.4291, ext. 8442, click here or visit


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