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IGNITE DAVIE is Helping Davie County Students Achieve Their Dreams

Photo by Emory Crawford: IGNITE DAVIE student Merritt Killian volunteers at Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center in the radiology department. Pictured in the CT scanner room from L to R are Shannon Poindexter, CT technician; Merritt Killian; Lori Tyler, manager-CT technician; Paige Beckner, CT technician   Merritt Killian decided early on that he wanted a career helping people, and...

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IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Attracts Statewide Attention 

(L to R) Robert Gunter videos Kaisee Osborne, Merrit Killian, and Eden Hughes IGNITE DAVIE College Promise is changing the trajectory for Davie County students by offering them the opportunity to continue their education and training at Davidson-Davie Community College (DDCC) without incurring debt. That inspiring commitment is attracting statewide attention. IGNITE DAVIE was...

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Ignite Davie: How Davidson-Davie Community College is firing up opportunities for high school graduates

In fall 2018, Darrin Hartness, then freshly named president of Davidson-Davie Community College (DDCC), was talking with a local businessman. They were both struck by a challenge in Davie County: A large number of students graduating from high school didn’t have plans for what to do next. So, they started dreaming up a plan to answer one big question: “What would it look like for us to have a...

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IGNITE DAVIE Student Highlight: Desiree Johnson

Born and raised in Davie County, Desiree Johnson is taking advantage of the educational opportunities close to home. As a graduate of Davie High’s Class of 2021, she is in her first semester of college at Davidson-Davie Community College as a member of the IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Program. Thanks to the opportunities offered by Davie County High School, IGNITE DAVIE and...

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IGNITE DAVIE Student Highlight: David Bates

David Bates— a graduate of Davie High Class of 2021, IGNITE DAVIE student, and proud member of the Davie County community. Many know David Bates as a hard worker, an achiever and a student who knows what he wants to do, where he wants to go and what he needs to do to get there. And at this point in time, IGNITE DAVIE is one of the resources he is using to advance his academic and professional...

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IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Josh Pilcher

IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last dollar scholarship for students in Davie County and through the opportunities it provides, it is making a difference in the lives of the students in our community. IGNITE DAVIE will pay tuition, required fees and a stipend for books for students to attend Davidson-Davie Community College full-time. In 2021, over 80 students joined the IGNITE DAVIE program and...

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IGNITE DAVIE Launches Inve$t in our Kids Capital Campaign!

The signs tell the story. Gildan is hiring, Comfort Built is hiring, Ashley Furniture is hiring… and the list goes on.  Over the past several years, business and industry have struggled to find a skilled workforce to meet their needs. The 2020 pandemic only worsened the challenges, and the lack of skilled workers to fill open positions is even greater today. Estimates for residents...

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IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Nathan Andrews

Nathan Andrews graduated from Davie High in 2020 and is currently earning his Associate’s degree in criminal justice at Davidson-Davie Community College through IGNITE DAVIE. He is pictured with his parents Heidi and Brian Andrews.   Nathan Andrews wants to be a law enforcement officer.  The 2020 Davie High graduate is pursuing an Associates’s degree in criminal justice at...

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IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Logan Ballou-Tomel

Logan Ballou-Tomel works full-time at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mocksville while studying to become a surgical technologist. Logan Ballou-Tomel wants to be a surgical technologist.  He spent this summer studying and learning as much as possible about the procedures, tools, conduct, and other aspects of surgical technology before beginning the program at Davidson-Davie Community...

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