Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A retired Virginia lawmaker captured the moment as Danville Community College opened up a new building and rededicated renovated facilities to prepare Southside Virginia’s workforce for 21st century.

Citizens and community leaders from Southside Virginia gathered October 23 to tour DCC’s new technical and workforce training facilities.

“DCC is not just buildings; it’s a time machine,” said Charles Hawkins, who represented Southside Virginia in the General Assembly for nearly three decades. “This place takes us generations into the future. When you walk through these doors, you find your future. This community college has been a boardwalk for the economic development of this area of the state because it filled a void that nothing else could have filled.”

Hawkins was on hand as DCC showed off a new welding facility and renovations to the college’s engineering and industrial technologies building (named, by the way, in Hawkins’ honor.)

Caption: Citizens and community leaders from Southside Virginia gathered October 23 to tour DCC’s new technical and workforce training facilities.

The state-of-the-art facilities house a diverse mix of programs offering certifications in high-demand, high-paying career fields, including precision machining technology, welding, automotive, and dimensional inspection/metrology or quality control.

The improvements represent a $17 million-plus joint investment by the Virginia Legislature and Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, along with generous donations from the Webb Family, J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, Danville Regional Foundation, The Lincoln Electric Company, and the Pruitt Family Trust/Jarrett Welding.

Read DCC’s news release about the event here.

 

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Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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