Meetings at Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns Campus on November 21, and at its Warsaw Campus on November 22, allowed RCC administrators to share information with area high school principals and counselors about the many dual enrollment and other educational opportunities that the college makes available.
The college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, and Dr. Donna Alexander, its vice president of instruction and student development, welcomed the attendees to both meetings. RCC dual enrollment coordinator Petie Norris then explained some academic policies and procedures of RCC and the Virginia Community College System, as well as reporting on recent legislation that has affected the program. He also detailed the benefits of RCC’s 34 Guaranteed Admission Agreements with four-year colleges and universities, and summarized the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Fifth-year Report on RCC.
After a break for lunch and networking, RCC English professor Glenda Lowery and math instructor Bob Parker led breakout sessions on their respective subjects. RCC’s dean of student development, Anne Kornegay, gave a presentation on college readiness and the Virginia Placement Test, with a review of RCC’s new schedule magazine, myRCC. Each day ended with an open forum for comments and questions.
The presentations included “critical information that we need to know,” according to one attendee, with “pertinent topics” covered. “It gives us an appreciation of what RCC is facing as far as regulation goes,” added another.
“I enjoy meeting the new counselors and principals as well as talking with RCC staff,” summed up a third participant.
Attendance was excellent, including representatives of the public school systems of Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties, and the towns of Colonial Beach and West Point. Also represented were St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Christchurch School in Middlesex County, the Northern Neck Technical Center in Warsaw, and the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at RCC.
RCC hopes that this and future meetings will keep the lines of communication open with area high schools, and encourage them to explore the ways by which RCC can give their students a head start on their education. High school students who would like to participate in these programs should talk to their guidance counselors.