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Schools Closed For Students & Staff – Friday, February 14, 2014

Mocksville Snowstorm Feb 2014

Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, February 14, 2014.  There will be no school on Saturday.  We hope to be back on a regular schedule on Monday, February 17.  Make-up days will be announced at a later date.  In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the snow storm below.  Full resolution copies of the images below are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviecounty/sets/72157640951597474/show/

 

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WXII News Spotlights Davie County’s Hidden Charms

wxii-celebrates-davieFor the past couple of years, the big news out of Davie County has been economic development. Big names such as Ashley Furniture and Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ingersoll Rand, Avgol and more have invested millions of dollars in new facilities in the county, and smaller firms like Carolina Precision Plastics and Pro Refrigeration have set up shops offering good-paying jobs at a time when employers are extremely picky about where they’ll locate.

But when WXII News 12 paid an all-day visit to Historic Downtown Mocksville this past December 11th, they weren’t there to cover a business opening or a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business. Instead, the number-one news team in the Piedmont Triad was there to “Celebrate Davie,” with a special focus was on the people and places that make Davie County uniquely appealing to residents and visitors alike.

Longtime nighttime news anchor Cameron Kent took viewers to Cooleemee for a trip down to The Bullhole, an eye-catching waterfall on the Yadkin River that generations have relished as a prime swimming and fishing spot, then peeked into the area’s past with a report on Lake Hideaway. The man-made lake, fronted by a beach created with sand hauled in from the North  Carolina Coast, was the gathering spot for Davie County teens in the 1950s and early 1960s, but decades after closing its charms are found only in memories.

 History buffs were treated to a report on Joppa Cemetery, final resting place for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel.

Chief meteorologist Lanie Pope traded in her maps and charts for mixing bowls, eggs, and flour at Ketchie Creek Bakery and Cafe in Mocksville. While Pope’s creations were passable, you’ll probably want to visit when the regular team is whipping up its signature Five-Flavor Pound Cake, which Our State magazine described as a “symphony of flavors.” But who knows—you might get to taste the bakery’s wares at a wedding at WinMock at Kinderton, a 1920s-era dairy barn that was converted into a a rustic yet tasteful special-events center in 2011.

 

At the end of the day, though, it’s the folks of Davie County that make it such a special place to live, work, and play. Morning news anchor Kimberly Van Scoy introduced Seth Grooms, a hugely successful Special Olympian and a fixture at Davie County High School football games—so much so that he was named an honorary member of the team. In fact, Grooms is so beloved in Davie County he was named marshal of the town’s 2012 Christmas parade. Emma Slabach stopped by the WXII studios to show off her special talent: the 13-year-old is a cup-stacking champion and has competed in evens sanctioned by the World Sport Stacking Association.

And even when the news team visited one of Davie County’s most successful enterprises, the focus was on the people more than on the product. Trailers of the East Coast, which provides trailers for many NASCAR teams and for major national companies like FedEx and Walt Disney Corporation, goes back three generations, when Ted Junker bought an appliance and hardware store in Mocksville. Today, his son Bill and Bill’s sons Clint and Will run the business—and nine grandchildren stand ready to join the Trailers of the East Coast team at some point.

Of course, there are far too many hidden charms and smiling faces in Davie County to be covered even in an all-day TV broadcast—which is another way of saying you should take time to make a visit. Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Facebook and Twitter pages for a list of events, businesses, attractions, and more.

Once again, thank you to the entire team at WXII News 12 for picking a day to “Celebrate Davie.”

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50 Years of Educating and Empowering Students ~ DCCC to Feature Guest Speaker Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson – renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, storyteller, and author – will be the centerpiece of the DCCC 50th anniversary celebration in Davie County as they celebrate 50 years of educating and empowering students.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Dr. Carson will be speaking on “Pursuing Excellence, for Healthcare, Education, and our Future” at WinMock at Kinderton in the town of Bermuda Run.  DCCC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are co-hosting his visit.

Success
Dr. Carson on Success: “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” -Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Dr. Carson often speaks and writes inspiringly, about overcoming life’s difficulties which can become a barricade keeping us from our dreams. As a child, he overcame poverty, anger, and poor study habits to fulfill his dream of being a physician. He credits his mother with teaching him how to work hard when everyone else around him was playing. He attributes his present dedication to learning, to the fact that she required reading and essays from him regularly. She simply decided that he would have the education that she lacked.

Education
He soon found that reading books fired his imagination and taught him how much there was in the world to learn. In spite of the odds, Ben Carson labored to become a well-educated and much honored surgeon who has accomplished amazing things in his field.

The thread of a theme can be seen in his various writings and heard when he speaks. It is that the choices we make every day will affect the course our lives take. We must determine that our disadvantages will not define us and our misfortunes will not hinder us from reaching our goals.

“Here is the treasure chest of the world – the public library, or a bookstore.” ― Ben Carson, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence

Service
Dr. Carson is a true role model who lives to give back to others. In his writing, he has shared with the world the philosophy that has helped him overcome great difficulty and accomplish incredible things. Although he has experienced personal success, he is compassionate and humanitarian. He is continually striving to share his knowledge as a teacher, to pass on his inspiration through his writings and to pass on his love for knowledge through his scholarship programs and through funding Carson Reading Rooms.

“Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.” – Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

There is a waiting list for this sold out event
This event is sold out.  To place your name in the waiting list you may call DCCC at 336-224-4680 or visit their website at http://www.dccc50.org/.

Thank you and congratulations to DCCC, the Community College of Davie and Davidson Counties for 50 years of educating and empowering students!

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Manufacturing Job Fair ~ Tuesday, July 30th

davie_county_jobsJobs, Jobs, Jobs
The Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College has partnered with Northwest Piedmont Workforce Board to host a manufacturing job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on July 30 in the Administration Building, located at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville. The event is open to the public.

The job fair will feature manufacturing jobs available from a variety of Davie County employers, including the manufacturing companies Ashley Furniture, Pro Refrigeration, Amarr Garage Doors, Ingersoll Rand, as well as the staffing agencies Debbie’s Staffing and First Choice Personnel.

The event will also include a tour of DCCC’s new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing mobile lab, and participants interested in a certificate or degree in advanced manufacturing will have an opportunity to speak with a faculty member or academic adviser.

“This fair is a perfect opportunity for community members who are looking for a job and also serves as a great chance to network with our local industries,” says Teresa Kines, dean of the Davie Campus. “It also provides an opportunity to learn about the many programs available at DCCC.”

Job seekers are required to bring resumes to the event; business casual attire is preferred. For more information, call 336-998-3220 or visit the Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.

Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab to be Unveiled
Job fair participants will get a chance to tour the new DCCC Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab.  Customized by Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville, this state of the art precision machining mobile classroom has been outfitted with multiple axis CNC machines, workstations and classroom space in a fully air conditioned mobile classroom.

For more information, call 336-998-3220 or visit the Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.  For more information on job openings in and around  Davie County, please visit the Davie County Job Listings.

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Davie Community Foundation 5k Popsicle Run Makes Reader’s Digest “Best in America” Cover Story

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Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run

 

The Davie Community Foundation’s Annual 5K “Popsicle” run is the inspiration for the cover of the July 2013 Reader’s Digest.

Reason Number 28:  “We Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike.  The Popsicle 5K in Davie County, North Carolina, an annual fundraiser for local youth projects, lives up to its chilly name.  The race is held in February, and festivities include an ice-pop eating contest called the Brain Freeze Challenge.”

Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

The 2013 Popsicle 5K Run raised $4,000 for youth led projects
One of the youth projects funded by the Popsicle 5K for 2012 was the purchase of video editing equipment for the Davie County Young Filmmakers.  Enjoy the video below covering the 2013 5K Popsicle Run.  The video was produced by the Davie County Young Filmmakers.

Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers.

S.U.R.F. (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board Youth Grantmakers
The SURF Board Youth Grantmakers, organized under the Davie Community Foundation, are a group of 18 high school students who wish to better the lives of Davie County young people by raising money and awarding grants to support youth-led projects.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

• Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
• Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
• Have an adult ally (21 or older)

How to Apply for a Grant
Download the grant application or pick up an application from the Davie Community Foundation at 194 Wilkesboro Street in Mocksville. 

Resources:
Davie Community Foundation
Davie County Students Raising Money & Awarding Grants
Second Annual “Popsicle 5K Run” This Weekend in Davie County
Popsicle 5K ~ $4,000 Rasied for Davie County Youth Led Projects!

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State of Davie County 2013: Proud of Past Successes, Eager to Reach New Heights

State of Davie County 2013On Friday, March 22, more than 125 business and community leaders met at the WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run for the “State of Davie” conference hosted by The Business Journal and sponsored by Century Link, Energy United and Novant Healthto discuss Davie County’s recent accomplishments in spurring economic growth in the county and the challenges it faces in the coming years.

Headlining the event were panelists Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission; Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools; Dr. Ken Rethmeier, mayor of Bermuda Run; and Lynn Rumley, mayor of Cooleemee.

Justin Catanoso, current Director of Journalism at Wake Forest University and former executive editor of The Business Journal, moderated a discussion that not only touched upon the county’s successes in bringing in new businesses to the region, but also on the challenges it faces in continuing Davie County’s transition from an outlying “bedroom community” to a jobs destination that attracts industry and young professionals.

The takeaway? The county is undeniably on the right track — but continued success relies on coordinating efforts between leaders in education, industry, technology, and government.

 

 

Davie County becoming a destination for careers, education and quality of life
While North Carolina as a whole has seen only mild economic growth in the past 18 months, Davie County has been a hotbed of new business infusion. In April of last year, Ashley Furniture announced it was investing $80 million in a distribution and manufacturing operation in Advance that will lead to the eventual creation of 550 jobs, making it the company’s largest operation in the world.  Making good on its word, Ashley began shipping product just seven months later in November, 2012.

Carolina Precision Plastics said in March, 2012, that it would invest $5.3 million in the creation of a manufacturing facility that would lead to 140 new jobs with an average wage of $39,183 (the county average was $28,808 at the time of the announcement).

Pro Refrigeration, Inc. said it will be creating an East Coast production facility in Mocksville that will entail a $4.9 million investment and the need for yet another 85 jobs. Adding to the bright outlook is the slated completion of Novant Health’s Clemmons Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist-West Campus, bringing high-tech professionals and top-flight health care to the region.

What’s the secret to Davie County’s success? It’s a confluence of high-quality K-12 education, a business-friendly environment, excellent healthcare, and a close-knit community that provides the advantages offered by urban centers with the quality of life people expect when they decide to live in a low-density, non-urban setting.

As moderator Justin Catanoso pointed out during the presentation, these business and civic leaders are “changing the dynamic” from folks seeing Davie County as a “bedroom community” to viewing it as “a destination for careers as well.”

Davie County Schools among the best in North Carolina
An undeniable linchpin of this appeal is the high marks that Davie County schools are racking up. According to Dr. Hartness, Davie County now ranks in the top ten percent of North Carolina’s 115 school districts in math and reading, ranking third in English and math among eight-grade student scores and fourth and fifth for first-year algebra and English students respectively in high school. That’s the sort of thing that makes the county appealing not only to new residents, but to new businesses as well. Jim VanderGiessen Jr, CEO of Pro Refrigeration, said that his decision was based on more than just economic factors. “I have a board of directors that I report to and that I’m accountable to, and they were saying, ‘Why not Alabama? Why not Arkansas?’,” he said. “And the big thing is that this is a community we want to be a part of and are going to be a part of, and we factored that in to our decision.”

Existing building stock and public/private partnerships key to continued success
Still, a good school district doesn’t necessarily equal a good business environment, and that’s where the Davie County Economic Development Commission comes into the picture. Bralley pointed out that “ninety-five percent of what I deal with is companies looking or an existing building, and [for Pro Refrigeration] we had the right building — but we also had the right community.” The coming issue, says Bralley, is the shrinking number of existing spaces, which is why Davie County is working to empower the private sector to build new facilities by partnering with them. City and county officials work to find ways to pay for upfront infrastructure expenses such as road, water, and sewer, while private sector industry picks up the tab for the actual construction — and the jobs that are created create personal wealth and spur on the local economy for even more growth

Cooleemee – Davie County’s smallest town filled with vision and community spirit
The notion of using existing but unused buildings is a model that Cooleemee mayor Lynn Rumley finds appealing. She’s pushing for a $60 to $80 million redevelopment of former textile plant Erwin Mills, based largely upon the success of a similar mixed-used facility in Saxapahaw. “Since the financial meltdown, people have re-evaluated, taken a second look at their lives, and don’t necessarily want a huge house,” said Rumly. “I think they want to live in a somewhat different way. They don’t want to be uncomfortable or poor — nobody does — but I think that they want to live in an actual community. I think they want to live amidst nature.” And while Cooleemee isn’t exactly in the heart of commerce, Rumley said that will be less of an impediment as technology progress. “Of course there’s always going to be people who want to live in the city, and that’s fine. But they say that in the next 25 years half the people will be working at home.”

Town of Bermuda Run building a foundation for a bright future
What is even more impressive about Davie County’s recent achievements is that they’ve come in spite of the fact that demographic shifts have not been working in its favor: in short, the county has been gradually growing older on average. But Dr. Ken Rethmeier, mayor of Bermuda Run, said that a strategy which combines manufacturing, technology, health-care, and learning sectors can create a highly attractive environment for both employers and workers to move to the area and change that trend. “We’re building the foundation upon which we can create those opportunities for new jobs to continue to migrate into the county,” said Rethmeier. “[These] will stimulate the thinking of young people to say, ‘Why do I want to move away when I can make a big difference right where I am today?’”

This double-pronged strategy of drawing newcomers to the region while enticing homegrown professionals to stay (or at least return) home certainly makes sense — and if past success is any indicator, it’s one that appears to already be paying dividends.

Video of the panel discussion is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYlvWl0ZuCo

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Advanced Manufacturing Lab Coming to Davie County High School

CNC Lab Davie County High SchoolAn advanced manufacturing lab is being built on the campus of Davie County High School.  The lab, opening in the fall of 2013 will contain three CNC Vertical Mills (3-axis, 4-axis and 5-axis), three CNC Turning Centers, four manual knee mills, four manual engine lathes and two surface grinders.  In addition, the welding program at the Davie Campus of DCCC is being expanded.

Real World Training for High Paying Jobs
The expansion of the welding program and the implementation of the advanced manufacturing lab make it possible for Davie County high School students to earn 2 college certificates while still attending high school.  These certificates are endorsed by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Skills Certification program in Computer Integrated Machining.

Graduates of Computer Integrated Machining Programs are prepared for filling positions in the workplace that include machinists, machine operator, CNC tool operator, tool and die maker, and lathe and turning machine tool setters.

Collaborative Partnerships Driving Advanced Manufacturing
Strong workforce development programs are critical to manufacturers investing in local communities to create jobs.  DCCC, the College of Davidson and Davie Counties is a member of the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance. The alliance brings industry leadership and educators together to build workforce skills needed by specific industry and manufacturing partners.

Golden Leaf Foundation Grants for Workforce Preparedness
These investments in equipment and skills training are made possible in part through an $875,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation.  Funding for Golden Leaf Foundation grants come from the Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers to help boost the economy in areas where the economy was heavily dependent on tobacco.  A nonprofit organization devoted to the economic well being of North Carolinians, Golden LEAF endeavors to strengthen the state’s economy while insulating tax payers from additional expenses.

Career and College Promise
Through the Career and College Promise program, Davie County Schools are providing a pathway for high school students to begin their college work during high school.  Not only does this make two-year community college or four-year college/university degrees more affordable for students and their families, but the experience of beginning college-level work during high school offers students extra support for success and eases the transition between high school and college admission.

DCCC continues to provide Davie County students with real world training for high paying jobs in high growth economic sectors.

Additional Resources:
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Schools
DCCC – The Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties
North Carolina Career and College Promise
The Golden Leaf Foundation
North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance
National Association of Manufacturers

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America Recycles Day Event – Thursday, November 15

Join us for the America Recycles Day event at Junker’s Mill, 105 S Salisbury Street in historic downtown Mocksville this Thursday, November 15th from 11 am until 1 pm.  The event is being sponsored by the Mocksville Woman’s Club and the town of Mocksville.   More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.  One day to inform and educate.  One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together.  One day to make recycling bigger and better – 365 days a year.  Help make recycling work in our community.

Bring your paper documents to be commercially shredded
Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud and also helps our environment by recycling paper. Bring your paper documents to be commercially shredded with a suggested $5 per box donation.  Donations will benefit the Davie County High School “Hunger Fighters” nutrition program.   to help promote balancing healthy minds for learning with balanced nutritional needs.  Help support America Recycles Day and become more aware of recycling and assisting our environment. Not only will you become more informed, but you will lessen your clutter/collection of paper while making it reusable again.  The Mocksville Woman’s Club is a 501(C)(3) organization volunteers and your donations are tax deductible.

Items that do NOT need to be removed prior to shredding
Paper clips, staples, manila folders, hanging file folders, alligator clips and window envelopes.

Items that DO need to be removed prior to shredding
3-ring binders, cardboard, photographs, plastic, trash, hard foreign objects.

America Recycles Day
Research shows that asking people to make a commitment to recycle actually builds motivation that leads to lasting changes in behavior.  By asking people to “Take the Pledge” you are joining thousands of America Recycles Day organizers across the country working to increase recycling in their communities by motivating their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to recycle more. Visit www.americarecyclesday.org and take the pledge!

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Register Now for Summer STEM Camp! Davie County Schools, DCCC & PPG Industries Partnership Brings STEM Education Opportunity to Elementary Grade Students

Davie County ~ Science, Technology, Engineering & Math ~ a Bridge to the Future!Science, Technology, Engineering & Math ~ a Bridge to the Future!
An exciting summer learning experience is available for rising 4th through 8th grade students from Davidson and Davie County schools.  DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties is hosting a summer STEM camp from July 16th to July 20th.

Preparing the innovative Designers of Tomorrow
During this week-long summer STEM camp, students will participate in fun and interactive projects that will introduce important concepts of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.

These activities, designed by Davie County teachers and staff, will include robotic programming using LEGO MindStorm Robots and bridge building using balsa wood.  These activities will help students understand engineering design and problem solving techniques.

The innovative Designers of Tomorrow
Students will work in small groups with STEM trained coaches and mentors to strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills while building collaboration, team-work and communication skills to encourage students to be innovative designers.

PPG Industries ~ Partners in Education
The STEM summer camp is being hosted by DCCC with sponsorship support from PPG Industries.  PPG Industries manufactures fiberglass in a state of the art facility located in Lexington, North Carolina.  PPG Industries is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass.  Operating on the leading edge of technology and innovation, PPG Industries understands the importance of engaging students in STEM subjects early in their academic careers.

DCCC ~ Preparing Students for Success
DCCC, the community college of Davidson and Davie Counties also understands that in order to attract and retain high wage employers and opportunities to our area, we must be actively preparing students of all ages for the high tech careers of tomorrow.  This summer STEM camp is just one more example of DCCC’s commitment to preparing all students for success.

Rising 4th through 8th Grade Students ~ Register Now for DCCC STEM Camp
Download your STEM Summer Camp Registration form today and get ready to build skills that will last a lifetime.

Resources:
DCCC STEM Camp
PPG Industries
STEM Camp Registration Form
DCCC – The Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties
Davie County Schools
Davie County STEM Education

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Public Forum on Davie County Schools Facilities/Assessment Tonight

A public forum to discuss the school facilities needs of Davie County Schools will be held on April 19, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Brock Auditorium in Mocksville. The Brock Auditorium is located at 622 North Main Street in Mocksville.

The Little Diversified Architectural Firm will provide a short summary of their assessment, some ideas they have developed for addressing the needs at Davie County High School, and their demographer will provide a summary of the demographic forecast of Davie County for the next 10 years. The team and Board of Education will also field questions.

Davie County High School — Avenues for Consideration and Recommendation for an Enriched, Immersive, Learning Environment Future

As part of the analysis and recommendations, the team has explored three avenues for how to address the future of Davie County High School:

Avenue A — Continue to Expand, Replace, and Improve the Existing High School Campus
Avenue B— Construct new Davie County High School on new Greenfield Site
Avenue C— Construct new Davie County High School on Existing Site

After reviewing these avenues for the future facilities for Davie County High School, it is the recommendation of this long range plan, based on the information data, that a new high school be constructed on a new site, preferably centrally located to the population of the county.

Analysis of the three explored avenues is the subject of discussion at the public forum tonight.

Additional Resources:
Davie County Schools ~ Public Forum on School Facilities/Assessment

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21st Century Learning ~ Davie County Schools Robotics Competition

Davie County STEM Education in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health ~ On Friday, April 27th, from 4-7 pm, teams from all 6 Davie County elementary schools and all 3 middle schools will converge at Davie County High School for an afternoon and evening of friendly but fierce competition! Each team has been issued 10 logistics challenges with a hospital theme developed in collaboration with North Carolina Baptist Health to celebrate the building of a new hospital in the county.

Engaging Curriculum with Cutting Edge Science and Real World Relevance
Teams will program LEGO NXT robots to do such things as slide “kidney stones” off a human image in the operating room and then administer Lego “medicine” to the patient after surgery. Each challenge completed will earn the teams designated numbers of points as they compete head-to-head in a double elimination tournament. At the end of the evening, four teams, two from the elementary bracket and two from the middle school bracket, will emerge as champions and runners up. The top two of these teams will then compete for the Grand Champion trophy.

Students solve increasingly complex problems
The programming skills students develop through these sets of challenges are important and impressive. Learning the program language to make Lego NXT robots move and perform in the fashion students desire requires technical skills and the development of logical thought about the progression of logistics challenges.

At least as importantly, students develop sets of soft skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. They learn to budget time, prioritize the importance of completing one challenge versus another, work with their peers to negotiate who completes which task and when, and to work their way through increasingly complex problems one step at a time

Davie County Schools Teaching 21st Century Skills
The Davie County Robotics Skills Challenge Series was designed in order to provide a venue for students to program NXT robots on the spot in order to complete challenges utilizing a number of key skills.

In addition to an introduction to object based programming, Davie County students are learning soft skills such as problem solving, time management, critical thinking, strategic thinking, cooperative effort and teamwork, and establishing priorities.

Join Davie County students and share the thrills as students watch something they have created come to life in a robot at this free indoor event at Davie County High School from 4-7 pm on Friday, April, 27th..

Additional Resources:
Davie County STEM Education
Davie County Schools

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DCCC President Dr. Mary Rittling Named 2012 President of the Year

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has confirmed that the 2012 President of the Year for North Carolina is DCCC President Dr. Mary Rittling.  DCCC is the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties.

The President of the Year Award was established by the State Board of Community Colleges to encourage, identify, and reward outstanding leadership and commitment to the community college mission among the presidents of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. The recipient receives a plaque and $8,000. In addition, the foundation of the recipient’s institution receives a cash prize of $2,000.

Dr. Rittling will be honored on April 19th, 2012 at the Excellence Event that is held each year in Raleigh, bringing together community college representatives, legislators, and other special guests from across the state.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “Mary Rittling is doing an outstanding job supporting the training of our workforce.  She is one of the key people helping economic development maintain and create jobs.”

Beth Parrott, Chair of the DCCC Board of Trustees said, “Dr. Rittling is quick to tell people that what she is able to accomplish for DCCC comes only because of the amazing faculty, staff, trustees, and Foundation directors who support this school and our students on a daily basis. She is also quick to remind everyone that the focus should always be our students – they are why we are here, why we have passion for our jobs, and why we are always reaching for more.”

Please join us in thanking Dr. Rittling for helping DCCC and North Carolina Community Colleges reach new levels of success!

Additional Resources
DCCC ~ The College of Davidson and Davie Counties

North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges

Davie County Economic Development Commission

SuccessNC – Focus on Student Success

Previously Published Articles Featuring Dr. Rittling
Ingersoll Rand is Meeting the Workforce Development Challenges of a Global Economy in Davie County
DCCC Awarded $2.6 Million ~ Deliver High Skilled Training for High Wage Jobs!

$7.5 Million Gift Assures Continued Academic Leadership and Workforce Preparedness for Davidson and Davie Counties

140 New Manufacturing Jobs Coming to Davie County

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Davie County Students Raising Money & Awarding Grants

Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers.

S.U.R.F. (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board Youth Grantmakers
The SURF Board Youth Grantmakers, organized under the Davie Community Foundation, are a group of 18 high school students who wish to better the lives of Davie County young people by raising money and awarding grants to support youth-led projects.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

• Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
• Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
• Have an adult ally (21 or older)

How to Apply for a Grant
Download the grant application or pick up an application from the Davie Community Foundation at 194 Wilkesboro Street in Mocksville.

Applications for grants must be completed and submitted to the Davie Community Foundation by Friday, January 27th, 2012.  For more information, call 336-753-6903 or e-mail mcheek@daviefoundation.org.

Davie County Students are Making a Difference!
Young people in Davie County are giving back to their community using their time, talents, and treasures through SURF.  Young people are also being helped in numerous ways through the projects that the SURF Board funds.

The board was created in 2005 when a group of young people from a variety of backgrounds came together to discuss a youth-led philanthropy movement.

Since then, the S.U.R.F. Board has made grants each year ranging from $250 to $1,500. All of the projects supported have been organized and carried out by young people. Last year, S.U.R.F. granted a total of $2,900 to support several projects including a clothing closet and soup kitchen led by the Cooleemee First Baptist Youth, a tutoring program at the Early College, and equipment for the Davie County Young Filmmakers. By awarding these grants, board members empower other youth to carry out their projects while learning about decision making, handling money, and working as a group along the way.

How to Help
To raise money for grantmaking, the S.U.R.F. Board hosts a fundraiser each year. This year the board is hosting its first ever Popsicle 5k Run on February 4th, 2012. All proceeds from the Popsicle 5k Run will support youth-led projects which benefit youth.

You can play a part in empowering young people by joining us on February 4th for the Popsicle 5k Run! To learn more about the run and the S.U.R.F. grants process, visit the website at www.daviefoundation.org/surf, e-mail mcheek@daviefoundation.org, or call 336-753-6903.

Resources:
Davie Community Foundation
S.U.R.F. Board
Grant Application
Popsicle 5K Run

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Davie County Students Transform Life for School Children in South Africa Village!

In 2009, under the leadership of two Davie County teachers, Cindy Orsillo and Carrie Chapple, students at Pinebrook Elementary School raised more than $11,000 to dig a fresh-water well for a school in Legogote, South Africa, a village that is 8,388 miles away!

The students who raised the money now attend North Davie Middle School.  Last month they were visited by the Legogote School Principal, Cynthia Mkabela, who traveled to Davie County to thank students for their life changing gift and to challenge them to be grateful for all the blessings they have in Davie County, North Carolina.

Legogote Principal Cynthia Mkabela visited every school in Davie County delivering a life-lesson on the responsibility we have to use our God given abundance to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Thank You!
The generosity of students in Davie County changed lives in a remote village thousands of miles away.   Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, students and citizens in Davie County for making our community such a great place to live every day!

For additional details and pictures, please read the story in the Winston Salem Journal.

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$7.5 Million Gift Assures Continued Academic Leadership and Workforce Preparedness for Davidson and Davie Counties

DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties, received a $7.5 million gift from the late Christine Harris of Lexington.   The donation is by far the largest gift to the college and is one of the largest gifts in North Carolina community college history, according to Jenny Varner, executive director of the DCCC Foundation.

A Cause of Thanksgiving for Years to Come
“We pause today to serve up a very sincere thank you to the late Christine Harris, whose extraordinary gift will be cause for thanksgiving for years to come among thousands of students across Davidson and Davie counties who will benefit from her amazing generosity,” Rittling said at a meeting to announce the gift in late November. “We are humbled by her gift and committed to ensuring it will be put to excellent use.”

Christine Harris’ Interest in DCCC Spans more than 40 Years
Harris, who was 87 when she died in August, was born and lived in Davidson County.  Her husband, Charles Donovan “Dutchie” Harris, died in 2003. Their only son, Charles Young Harris, died in 1989.

Her interest in the college began during her son’s time as a DCCC student in the 1970s. He graduated with honors in 1975 with an associate in science degree and then also completed additional coursework at DCCC before pursuing a four-year degree. Harris was grateful to DCCC for providing her son the opportunity to achieve educational goals while he struggled with health issues that required him to stay close to home. The extent of her interest in DCCC, however, was not known until her death.

The Harris Family Legacy Spans Multiple Generations
The Harris name has been synonymous with the telephone industry in Lexington for more than 100 years. Lexcom Communications was founded in 1896 as Lexington Telephone Company by a group of local business leaders and was one of the city’s oldest independent companies when it was acquired by Windstream in 2010. William F. Harris, Christine Harris’ father-in-law, assumed leadership of the company in 1905. He was followed by his two sons.

The Harris family and the telephone company have been longtime supporters of DCCC through scholarship funds and other contributions.

“On behalf of the DCCC Foundation, I want to express gratitude to every donor who, like Christine Harris, has provided important opportunities to our students and our community,” said Barbara Leonard, president of the DCCC Foundation Board of Directors. “We could not do what we do without the support of thousands of donors who make DCCC the incredible place it is.”

Dr. Mary Rittling, DCCC President

About DCCC
DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties, is a comprehensive community college that opened its doors in 1963.  DCCC provides quality educational programs and services to prepare people in Davidson and Davie counties for enhanced employment and educational opportunities.  These learning experiences create choices and enhance opportunities for education and employment, thereby improving the quality of life in Davidson and Davie counties.

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Ingersoll Rand is Meeting the Workforce Development Challenges of a Global Economy in Davie County, North Carolina

DCCC Awarded $2.6 Million to Deliver High Skilled Training for High Wage Jobs

Visions of a Davie County Bio-Center

Additional Resources:
DCCC ~ The Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties
Lexington Dispatch: DCCC thankful for $7.5 Million Donation Gift
The Business Journal: DCCC Receives Largest Ever Gift
High Point Enterprise: Gift Fuels Future Growth, DCCC Officials Say

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