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DCCC to become 2nd school in country to offer aquarium science program

Posted on: 1:47 pm, April 25, 2013, by

Photo courtesy, DCCC

Photo courtesy, DCCC

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Davidson County Community College on Thursday announced it will become the second school in the United States to offer an aquarium science program.

The program will first be offered in the fall 2013 semester.

Those who may be interested in the program can learn more about it during information sessions DCCC is hosting.  They will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16 in Room 110 of the Conference Center on the Davidson Campus.

“This is truly an exciting development at Davidson County Community College,” said Mark Stevens, who works in the Zoo and Aquarium Science program at DCCC.  “Only one other community college in the nation has a program like this, and it’s in Oregon. This program will give students an opportunity to do something with aquarium science not available anywhere else in the state, or east of the Mississippi.”

The aquarium science program, which will allow students to earn an associate degree in applied science, is designed to help students become entry-level aquarists working with marine and aquatic life found at public aquaria, zoological parks and research facilities throughout the world.

Starting the program will involve the addition of a new teaching aquarium.  Renovation of an existing building to create the teaching aquarium lab is set to begin in the summer of 2013.

DCCC has also partnered with five aquariums in North Carolina – Pine Knolls Shores, Fort Fisher, Roanoke Island, SciQuarium (part of Greensboro Science Center) and Discovery Place (Charlotte) – which will give students the opportunity to complete internships.