September 27, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE: Fueling Career Ambitions Through Education

Despite enduring a particularly grueling 24-hour shift, Ashley Lipscomb, a dedicated paramedic at Davie County EMS, can’t fathom pursuing any other profession. “I’m an adrenaline junkie, so I thrive on the lights, sirens, and running emergency calls,” she declared with an infectious grin. “Having to think fast to develop a treatment plan fires all of your brain cells; it’s exhilarating.” IGNITE DAVIE: An Educational Spark Igniting Success Lipscomb graduated from Davie High in 2021 and immediately went to work for Davie County EMS as a part-time EMT. Recently, she took a significant step forward in her career by obtaining an […]
September 18, 2023

Exploring Real-World Connections: Teachers Embark on Externships to Bridge Education and Industry

Knowledge is power, especially in education. This summer, eight dedicated educators from Davie County Schools assumed the roles of students themselves, embarking on an enlightening journey through local businesses. Their mission? To deepen their understanding of the skills demanded by employers to better equip their students for meaningful careers, contributing to the growth of the local industry. Over the course of a four-day externship, these educators had the privilege of touring prominent local enterprises such as Ashley Furniture, Avgol, DFA US, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Fuller Welding & Fabricators, Gildan, Pro Refrigeration, Inc., and Sportsfield Specialties. This […]
August 11, 2023

When Businesses Support IGNITE DAVIE, it’s a Win, Win, Win!

As companies compete for employees, supporting IGNITE DAVIE College Promise is the long-term answer they are looking for. A new marketing program offers many rewards to participating companies while helping to raise the final $1 million to fully endow IGNITE DAVIE for future generations. Employer of Choice Program: A Win for Students, Businesses, and the Community “The Employer of Choice Program gives businesses a great opportunity to fill local positions with local workers,” said Melinda Szeliga, Davie Community Foundation COO.  “Your business will stay on the mind of graduating students while IGNITE DAVIE empowers them with the education and training […]
August 4, 2023

Davie’s Kinder Camps Prepare Students for Kindergarten

Squealing with excitement, the sixteen rising kindergarteners at Cornatzer Elementary’s Kinder Camp pass a ball around in a circle. Having fun, they have no idea that they are also practicing motor skills, following directions, cooperating, and getting used to what it will be like in kindergarten. “Kinder Camp really gives students a sneak peek of what to expect in kindergarten,” said Cornatzer Principal Raymonda Shelton. “It’s a chance for students to see what it is all about, which has been wonderful.”  Funded by a $25,000 grant from the Mebane Foundation, Kinder Camp is offered at all six Davie County Elementary […]
July 31, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE Helps Students Find Careers in Davie County 

Emma James Finds a Career Close to Home Emma James has found a career close to home, thanks in part to IGNITE DAVIE College Promise.  Born and raised in Davie County, she graduated from Davie High in 2021, Davidson-Davie Community College through IGNITE DAVIE in Spring 2022, and immediately went to work as a Dental Assistant 2 at Hillsdale Dental in Advance.  IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last-dollar scholarship, meaning students must live in and attend school in Davie County. All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or academic ability, can continue their education and training to open […]
June 16, 2023

Proud Community Welcomes All-America County Team Home

After winning All-America County status, Davie County’s tired but elated delegation returned home from Denver, Colorado, to a warm welcome from family, friends, and the community. Davie County is one of only ten communities across the country to receive this prestigious award from the National Civic League this year.  Touched by the turnout, the team expressed its appreciation for the welcome and the support. “It was heartwarming to see the surprise welcome as we approached the government center,” said Ken Gamble, Mocksville town manager. “I’ll never forget the looks of joy on the faces of our youth and adult team […]
April 18, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE is Meeting the Needs of Both Students and Employers

IGNITE DAVIE is proving to be a win-win for students and local employers alike.  Thanks to Davie’s college promise program, Robby Bostic started a career as an HVAC installer without educational debt, and Webb Heating & Air Conditioning gained a valuable new employee.  IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last-dollar scholarship, meaning students must live in and attend school in Davie County. All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or academic ability, can continue their education and training to open the door to better career opportunities and increased earning potential. Beginning with the Class of 2020, IGNITE DAVIE pays […]
January 26, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE Adds Short-term Training Programs for Fall 2023

Beginning in Fall 2023, the IGNITE DAVIE College Promise program will include four short-term training programs at Davidson-Davie Community College.  Previously, IGNITE DAVIE paid for tuition and fees with a stipend for books for graduates to attend DDCC full-time in a certificate, diploma, or associate/transfer program at either campus.  Now IGNITE DAVIE students will have the option to enroll in a 16-week program for Electrical, HVAC, Nursing Assistant 1, or Phlebotomy, which will allow them to quickly start a career in an in-demand field or complete the first step of a certification program.    “This is a new, expanding opportunity that […]
January 10, 2023

IGNITE DAVIE is Helping Davie County Students Achieve Their Dreams

Merritt Killian decided early on that he wanted a career helping people, and IGNITE DAVIE has helped him take the first step toward making that dream a reality.  Growing up, his dad was often on deployment with the Air Force, so he and his siblings sometimes went to work with their mother who was a nursing supervisor at a nursing home. He remembers spending time talking with the residents who became like second grandmas and grandpas. “It was really my first experience being surrounded by people who needed care, and it planted the seed that I wanted to help people […]