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Students from DCC’s Great Expectations and Middle College programs pose with faculty and staff outside the Temple Building just before their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 16.


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DCC's Middle College Graduates Honored, Great Expectations Participants Recognized


(May 18, 2017)  –  Students in Danville Community College’s (DCC) Middle College and Great Expectations programs were recognized on Tuesday, May 16, during a ceremony in Oliver Hall of DCC’s Temple Building.
The Middle College is a program that helps individuals aged 18 to 24 to obtain their GED and receive academic and career readiness training on the DCC campus with a goal of helping students develop their educational background and prepare them to be successful in the workplace.
DCC is one of 18 colleges among Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) that participate in the Great Expectations program, which helps foster children achieve success in higher education.
More than 500 children in the Virginia foster care system age out each year. Without social or family support, foster care children experience significant challenges living on their own. VCCS spearheaded the development of this program to help smooth the transition to college for these students.
Tuesday’s ceremony honored students graduating from these programs with a welcome from Middle College Director Donald Pippin.
Kathy Hodges, director of The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, offered a keynote address to the students and reminded them of the challenges they had to overcome to earn their distinctions and encouraged them to continue pursuing academic achievement.
Great Expectations students Ashley Erb and Amber Phelps offered remarks about what their experiences in the program meant to them and to their futures, followed by recognition by Pippin and Administrative Assistant Gail Jones.
Chariti Murphy, Daniel Dickenson, and Kalib Hofmann offered remarks on behalf of the Middle College and stressed that their accomplishments were due, in large part, to the support of the Middle College and DCC.
DCC Vice President of Academic and Student Services Dr. Debra Holley offered closing remarks and congratulated the students for the realization of their hard work and perseverance.
Graduates, family, and friends enjoyed a catered reception following the ceremony.
GED graduates were Litel Allen, Darren Boyd, Kaylynn Brooks, Daniel Dickenson, Abigale Esparza, Kalib Hofmann, Shelbie King, Otoniel Luna de la Cruz, Chariti Murphy, Jesus Ramirez, Noah Richardson, Trevor Robertson, Joseph Saylor II, Calvin Slade, Charlene Latonya Williams, and Ty’Tianna Wilson.
Students recognized for their participation in Great Expectations were Litel Allen, Shaniqua Childress, Daniel Dickenson, Ashley Erb, Dominyk Fletcher, Taylor Gray, Kayla Hairston, Miesha Holland, Brianna Hull, Kameka Johnson, Mykala Johnson, Jayvonnie Jones, Keymontwon Motley, Dashawnna Niles, Sarah Osborne, Amber Phelps, Justice Price, Jesus Ramirez, and Chris Smith.
Honor graduates were Daniel Dickenson, Kalib Hofmann, Otoniel Luna de la Cruz, and Calvin Slade.
 For more information about DCC’s Middle College and Great Expectations programs, contact Middle College Director Donald Pippin at 434-797-8564 or or visit


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