Halifax County Engineer Named to DCC Board

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Kevin Shotwell

Danville Community College (DCC) welcomed Kevin Shotwell to the college board this semester following his appointment by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors this summer.

A resident of Alton and near-lifelong resident of Halifax County, Shotwell graduated from the Horne Electrical-Electronics Equipment program in 1989 and also graduated from the analyst electrical/electronics program in 1990.

“I owe a lot to the Danville Community College electrical/electronics program for my education and helping me find a job to start my career,” Shotwell said. “It is such an honor to be appointed to the DCC Board and I am very humbled to be representing Halifax County. I look forward to serving.”

Shotwell is a senior design engineer at ABB, where he has worked for the past 19 years, after working at General Electric in Mebane, N.C., for nine years and six months.

“In 1991, about six months after graduating from DCC, I started out as a quality assurance test technician working in production, then warranty and repair, before moving into engineering as a lab technician. In 1997, our division was transferred to Salem, where I was an engineering technician and then I became the test engineer,” Shotwell explained. “After a couple of years in Salem, I wanted to get back home. I took a job with ABB as a design engineer. Since then, I’ve worked in various roles in engineering from production design engineer, marketing engineer, and product development engineering.”

In recent years, DCC launched its dimensional inspection/metrology program, which prepares students for employment as specialized quality inspectors in a high-precision manufacturing environment. DCC also offers a variety of electrical/electronic programs that prepare graduates for in-demand careers. These programs are hosted in state-of-the-art facilities on DCC’s campus to best prepare students for modern working environments and the latest innovations in technology.

The DCC Board is comprised of nine members, with three individuals representing each of the college’s service region areas, respectively: Mrs. Sheila Baynes, Dr. Frank T. Grogan III, and Mr. Telly Tucker, vice chair, represent the City of Danville, Mrs. Barbara Brown, Mrs. Ann Cassada, and Mr. John Mead represent Pittsylvania County, and Mrs. Kathryn Roberts, Mr. Kevin Shotwell, and Mr. Carlyle Wimbish, chair, represent Halifax County.

Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the state-wide Virginia Community College System. DCC's service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. For more information about the college’s nearly 100 programs of study, visit www.danville.edu.

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Bobby Allen Roach

Acting Director of Public Relations & Marketing; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer