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Davie Campus receives state grant to help students finish degrees

November 14, 2018 – The Davie Campus at Davidson County Community College has been awarded $10,000 in partnership with the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board from the state’s Finish Line Grants program. The program is an initiative to help community college students across North Carolina complete their training and education when facing unforeseen emergencies.

Students are able to apply for a set amount of money to help cover the costs of such events. The ultimate goal is to ensure financial barriers are alleviated so students may complete their academic programs. Allowable expenses under the program include transportation, car repairs, child care, dependent care, housing, utility bills, medical referrals and assistance with books and supplies.

Ashley O’Donnell, the Academic and Student Life Advisor on the Davie campus, oversees the process for eligible students seeking to use the funds.

“This opportunity is new and exciting for our students on the Davie campus,” O’Donnell said. “As a college, we have to accept the reality of financial obstacles for our students. These situations rarely have easy fixes, but the Finish Line Grants will help keep students on the path to completing their programs rather than contemplating how to afford their education after a financial emergency.”

The college partnered with Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board to apply for the grant funding. Representatives from each organization will collaborate in a joint process to review funding requests from students who have completed 75 percent of their degree, credential, including courses in the current enrolled semester, as well as eligible Continuing Education courses. Applicants must also be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or higher and be 18 years-old.

Eligible students experiencing a financial emergency can request for funds from the Finish Line Grants through the Advising office in the Administrative building of the Davie campus. DCCC faculty may also refer students for funding.

Those with questions or want to request a meeting with an advisor can call the Davie Campus at 336-751-2885, extension 6162.

This is the second time the Finish Line grants have been awarded to DCCC. The college received $35,000 to be used in conjunction with DavidsonWorks in October.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the program July 12, 2018, to be used in the 2018-2019 school year. The program was created from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I funds.

“Too many students in the past have had to halt their education due to a financial crisis. We’re glad to now offer students a way to keep moving forward with their goals and are excited to see more students be able to walk across the graduation stage,” O’Donnell said.


About Davidson County Community College

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.

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