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Canon employees graduate from RCC program

Twelve employees of the Canon Industrial Resource Technology Facility in Gloucester graduated on June 24 from a training program designed by Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development Center. Originally developed in 2010—and proving so effective that Canon honored the Center with its “Vendor of the Year” award—the program provides Canon employees with the opportunity to earn community college credits by taking these classes: Computer Applications, Introduction to Business, Human Relations and Leadership Development, Principles of Management, and Interpersonal Communication. Upon successful completion of the five courses (over a period of 15 to 18 months), employees earn a career studies certificate in Organization Leadership.

Canon employees graduate from RCC Workforce program

Canon employees graduate from RCC Workforce program

Workforce Development Center training coordinator Harriet Dawson remarks, “The professional growth made by all of the students was impressive. Their presentations on the final day of class were well-developed, engaging, and polished. Something that had not changed, however, was the deep and personal respect they had for one another. I noted this in the class I taught, and it certainly was present on the last day of class. They had remained supportive of one another . . . quite a tribute.”

A comment from one of the students (Josephine Banks) summarized her feelings about the communications class taught by RCC’s Dr. Karen Newtzie: “I was intrigued, excited, and gratified to take this class . . . . I learned communication is the means of sharing our feelings, thoughts, and wants. I view this as a positive experience. It is hard to think of a much better gift than to help another person learn a new skill.”

Pictured, left to right, are RCC business instructor Joseph Syslo; Dawson; students Linda Stanislav, Andrea Mott, Kendria Conney, Sandra Ziegenfus, Josephine Banks, and Marilyn Alston, all of Gloucester County; Harold “Milton” Jarvis, Jr., Mathews County; Karla Humphrey and Constance Foster, both of Gloucester County; Margaret Rose, Middlesex County; Tabitha Utley, Gloucester County; and Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce and community development. Not pictured: Chris Adams of Mathews County.

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