Students in Davidson County may find themselves joyfully overwhelmed with educational offerings from elementary school lasting even after graduation.
The Growing Years
Davidson County Schools in North Carolina provide students with skills they need in order to excel, while also inspiring them to be active in the community. The system not only strives to offer a caring and inspirational learning environment, but holds high expectations of students and staff, while committing itself to open communication and efficiency in learning. The ultimate goal is to graduate all students to be future-ready and globally competitive.
There are 33 schools in the district: 18 elementary, six middle and high schools respectively, one early college high school, one alternative and one special school. Resources for learners include: a gifted program, advanced placement, career and technical education, online scholarship opportunities and more.
The student population is an estimated 20,507. Teachers are experienced educators – averaging 13 years experience – and 31 percent hold Advanced Degrees. More than 88 percent of high school seniors plan on attending a two- or four-year college or university, while others are looking to join the military or enter the job force. As much as $8.3 million has been awarded to graduating seniors.
Preparing for the Future
Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, joining 57 other schools in a collaborative effort to serve students a quality education. DCCC's goal is to prepare students whether in the workforce, for continuing education purposes or to achieve personal goals. Chartered in 1958, the college only had an estimate of 176 students by 1961 who were enrolled in vocational and technical courses.
Today, the college offers more than 50 programs with two campuses and three satellite centers. The Davidson Center sits on 97 acres with 11 buildings and two emergency services training facilities. Davie Campus, a smaller campus, opened in 1994 and consists of three buildings and one emergency service training facility.
On average the college serves 16,000 students a year with day and evening classes available to provide flexibility to students. Full-time students looking to receive an Associates degree may complete the course in two years, while diploma programs require three semesters, and certificate programs one or two semesters depending on the student's time status. Advisors are also available on site to assist students.
Uptown Lexington Education Center, one of DCCC's satellite centers, resides in Lexington. Opening in May 2004, this facility caters to students who prefer smaller class sizes and provides a convenient location. This expansion was made possible by several community partners and offers curriculum, continuing education and GED classes. Enrolled students may acquire credits for certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Many continuing education classes are free, with materials and books included, and some examples include Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development, Adult High School Diploma, Distance Education On-line Options, and more.