DCC Hosts Inaugural Career & Technical Education Signing Day for Incoming Students

Danville Community College (DCC) celebrated a significant milestone on Thursday, April 18, as the college hosted its inaugural Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day. With 300 onlookers in the crowd, 52 local high school students gathered at the event to officially sign their intent to pursue a CTE program at DCC during the Fall 2024 semester.

Dr. Jerry Wallace, President of Danville Community College, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, "Today is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students as they embark on an exciting journey in career and technical education. DCC proudly offers cutting-edge programs that equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's workforce."


The event, held in Oliver Hall on the DCC campus, marked a crucial moment for both the students and the college, highlighting the commitment to preparing the next generation for success in high-demand industries.


Incoming CTE students had the opportunity to hear from two speakers during the signing event. Leah Holder, who is a first-year Precision Machining Technology (PMT) student, addressed the crowd and spoke about her experience as a DCC student and how her educational and career trajectories have been impacted by her experience in the PMT program.


Andrew Helton, a 2-time DCC Alumni who earned an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology diploma and an Electrical/Electronics Equipment Servicing Diploma, spoke to attendees about life after obtaining his education. A current employee of Central Virginia Electrical Cooperative in Substation Controls and Engineering Services, Helton described his experience working in the industry and how his time at DCC led him to his current role.


Dr. Cornelius Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, echoed Dr. Wallace's sentiments, emphasizing the importance of CTE programs in meeting the evolving needs of industries. "At DCC, we understand the vital role of career and technical education in driving economic growth and innovation. Through hands-on training and industry partnerships, we are empowering students to excel in their chosen fields and make meaningful contributions to society."


The CTE Signing Day highlighted the diverse range of programs available at DCC, including fields such as healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, cosmetology, and more. Students had the opportunity during the event to connect with faculty members, explore campus facilities, and gain valuable insights into their chosen career paths.


As the Fall 2024 semester approaches, DCC remains committed to providing exceptional educational experiences that prepare students for rewarding careers and lifelong success.


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