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Forty-two graduate from RCC WAYS

On January 14, a formal ceremony recognized the graduation of 42 persons from the Middle College and Regional Adult Education programs sponsored by Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development Center. Both of these free programs are under the umbrella of the Center’s Workforce and Youth Services (RCC WAYS).

RCC Adult Education - Graduation Speaker

RCC Adult Education - Graduation Speaker

Middle College seeks to reclaim 18- to 24-year-olds who left high school without graduating, and support them through the process of earning a high school diploma or GED, then moving on to college classes and one or more academic degrees. It also prepares them for the COMPASS college placement tests, Career Pathways initiatives, and the Career Readiness Certificate. RCC’s Regional Adult Education serves individuals of age 16 or over with workplace skill training—mostly on the job—remedial math or reading classes, and GED preparation.

Middle College director Marjorie Lampkin welcomed the graduates and their friends and family members to the ceremony. The featured speaker was Dean Ruble, vice president of Industrial Resource Technologies (a subsidiary of Canon in Gloucester County). Also speaking were Amber Oberlander, a member of the group receiving high school diplomas; RCC’s dean of student development, Robert Griffin; RCC vice president of workforce development Jason Perry; and Regional Adult Education program manager Tonia Varner.

Those who earned a local high school diploma by taking high school courses through Middle College were: Chris Ammons, Kailyn Carmine, Lincoln Dawkins, Cory Eppig, Justin Fryer, Felicia Johnson, Brittany McCrea, Vincent Murray, Amber Oberlander, Christopher Pitts, Joshua Shearin, Ashton Shortt, Sasha Stojiljkovic, Justin Walker, and Wesley West, all of Gloucester County; Karlide Harding, Lancaster County; Brandon Cockrell, Middlesex County; and Amber Marks, Richmond County. Brittany McCrea also had the distinction of being the only student to earn a Career Readiness Certificate in the highest or “Gold” category.

GED earners who prepared for the test through Middle College were: Thomasenia Bryant, Colonial Beach; Matthew Bartlett, Elisabeth Riggan, Addison Steele, and Josiah Waldron, all of Gloucester County; William Keane, Lancaster County; Hannah Belville, Mathews County; Kyle Colley, Leslie Dean, and Kimberly Jessie, all of Middlesex County; and Shemeka Johnson and Elicelda Vasquez, both of Westmoreland County.

GED earners who prepared for the test through Regional Adult Education were: Elizabeth Brauning, Crystal McMahan, Chelsie Ransom, and Melinda Tate, all of Colonial Beach; Lawrence Braxton, Essex County; Devin Bonds, Annette Brooks-Thompson, Michael Burke, Wayne Hudgins, and Christy Richardson, all of Gloucester County; Andre Barnes, Northumberland County; and Todd Lucas, Richmond County.

To learn more about these programs, please call Lampkin at 804-333-6829 for Middle College information, or Varner at 804-333-6832 for Regional Adult Education.

Photo: Amber Oberlander addresses her fellow RCC WAYS graduates on the occasion of their receiving a high school diploma or GED, which they earned through the program.


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