The Impact Alamance Board of Directors has awarded Alamance Community College with a $40,000 grant for the purchase of equipment and other needs toward the Dillingham Student Center Support Services Expansion. 


The College’s project will establish a “one-stop shop” at the Dillingham Center that will provide greater access and visibility of student support services offered to credit and non-credit students who take classes at this satellite campus.


The Dillingham Center, located at 1304 Plaza Drive in Burlington, has a different focus than the Graham main campus. In addition to being the home to many of ACC’s continuing education and workforce development classes, the Dillingham Center addresses the needs of its urban and ethnically diverse student population who take classes that include English language acquisition, citizenship preparation, high school graduation attainment, and college preparation.


The Impact Alamance grant will finance technology for virtual appointments, furniture, and signage. Services offered to students at Dillingham will mirror those on the main campus for degree-seeking curriculum students, including a food pantry and access to college employees who can provide assistance with financial aid, distance learning, technical support, mentoring, advising, registration, mental health support, access to community services, library assistance, and tutoring assistance.


ACC plans to increase the number of Dillingham Center students utilizing the support services from a current baseline of approximately 50 to a total of over 500 visits over the next five years, a result of the addition of a dedicated, one-stop location for these services.


The Impact Alamance grant award comes on the heels of a $100,000 award from the NC General Assembly for the same expansion project at the Dillingham Center. That grant was facilitated by Alamance County elected officials State Senator Amy Galey, NC Rep. Dennis Riddell, and NC Rep. Stephen Ross.