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DCC Recognizes Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year


(September 1, 2017)  – Danville Community College has recognized cybersecurity instructor James Adkins, III as its Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year.
Adkins was part of the “cyber team? that worked for two years on DCC’s application to become a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Education through the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DCC Cyber Center Director Steve Carrigan noted in the nomination that Adkins was “instrumental in DCC obtaining this sought-after recognition.? DCC became the first rural community college in Virginia to achieve this honor and was recognized by Gov. Terry McAuliffe during a ceremony in January.
Carrigan also praised Adkins for his efforts to enter a team of DCC cybersecurity students into Radford University’s RUSecure 2017 Cyber Competition, which resulted in a second-place win.
Adkins, a graduate of DCC’s networking program, has taught since Fall 2015. “During his time working with me, James spent countless hours going over course outlines, syllabi, learner outcomes, equipment, and software needed to make these programs a success, all on his own time,? Carrigan said in the nomination. “This says a lot about James’s character and dedication to give back to the college that gave him his start into the successful career he enjoys today.?
Cybersecurity student David Payne, who has taken several classes with Adkins, praised his “die-hard work ethic, knowledge and care for his students’ success.?


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