Am I the only one having trouble with the fact that there is less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year?

Yes, I bring most of my time management issues on myself, but still … 25 shopping days if you count Christmas Eve! If you, like me, have procrastinated and overestimated the time you will have to shop, let me make a few suggestions.

If you have a DACC student on your list, hand them a DACC Follett’s Bookstore gift certificate. Textbooks are big-ticket items so this gift could earn you the season’s “Best Gifter” title!

Follett’s also has a great selection of clothing and memorabilia for alums and family who want to show school pride.

Unemployment may be at a 50-year low, but there are still many friends and family who haven’t reached their full earning potential. For someone who is un- or under-employed, point them toward the agency that assists with job training and education funding.

Vermilion County Works (VCW) is an American Jobs Center partner that helps residents develop career-readiness skills and, ultimately, find meaningful employment. That assistance often includes money for living expenses and tuition in an in-demand local career field. Visit its website for more information: www.jobtrainingpartnership.com/.

Need a gift for someone who has everything? How about a Community Education class? DACC’s non-credit classes offer lifelong learning opportunities from Bee Keeping to keeping up with new technology. Trips and tours make memorable “do together” gifts – the absolute best gift for a parent, child, or significant other.

You should have received their latest schedule magazine in the mail, or check it out online at www.dacc.edu/cce/community.

If money is an obstacle to education – and when is it not -- suggest the DACC Foundation Scholarship application. The application will be available online at www.dacc.edu/foundation/scholarship beginning January 2, 2020. This is the third year for the online application. You just need a DACC ID to apply. If you have trouble, help is a phone call away at (217) 443-8893.

As always, completing one form puts the applicant in the pool for any of the more than 500 scholarships for which they qualify. Those scholarships were valued at more than $665,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Scholarships are available to full- and part-time students, traditional and non-traditional students, on campus and online students, current and prospective students … literally, anyone who wishes to enroll in credit-bearing classes. Applications are due March 9, 2020.

If you want your gift to make a statement, consider a donation to the DACC Foundation in honor or memory of a loved one. Gifts can be made in any amount toward scholarships, student support initiatives, faculty development, instructional technology, or specific academic programs. Make your gift online at: www.dacc.edu/give.

This holiday season, let DACC help you give the gift of lifelong learning!

Lara L. Conklin is director of marketing and college relations for Danville Area Community College. Contact her at (217) 443-8798.

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