Danville Community College recently announced the appointment of one of its early childhood education students, Pamela Bucchi, as a 2019-20 Davenport Fellow.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education welcomed the 2019-20 Class of VFCCE Fellows at the organization headquarters Sept. 12 to launch an academic year with a mission of service and success.

Bucchi is a lead teacher at a child care center and currently works with children between 2 and 8. She already has worked to earn her associate degree in medical assisting, and has returned to college to complete her degree in early childhood education at DCC. She volunteers in the Danville community through organizations like God’s Pit Crew and God’s Storehouse. Bucchi plans to strengthen her career skills and become assistant director of a preschool.

The current cohort of Fellows, now 43-strong, participated in workshops and learning sessions during their recent kickoff celebration. These workshops were designed to bolster their leadership skills, networking opportunities and community service engagement during their fellowship and beyond. The students also were encouraged to connect with their colleagues during cultural outings and special events that included a tour of Richmond and a dinner at the city’s landmark Tobacco Company Restaurant.

The 2019-20 Class of Davenport Fellows are part of a program established in 2011 to help promising second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges pursue academic and career success while strengthening their leadership skills on campus and in the community. Through generous financial support and customized training, Fellows are prepared to excel in a diverse and global society.

This Fellows program is made possible by Ben and Betty Davenport through the Davenport Investment for Early Childhood Development in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

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