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High school representatives welcomed to RCC

Two recent meetings—on November 16 at Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns Campus, and on November 30 at its Warsaw Campus—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.

Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development, welcomed the attendees on each occasion (with support from the college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, at the Warsaw meeting). RCC dean of student development Anne Kornegay led off the presentations by moderating a panel discussion on Guaranteed Admission Agreements, with special reference to RCC’s 38 agreements with outstanding four-year schools. Panelists were Regenia Hill, the regional director and site director of Old Dominion University’s distance learning program; Katreena Arnold, an academic advisor from Mary Baldwin College; Seth Sykes, the associate vice provost of academic services at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Charles Tate, the University of Mary Washington’s assistant dean of admissions.

“I loved the panel,” commented one participant. “It corresponded perfectly to my work with students, and provided much-needed information.” Another called this information “timely . . . as this option [using Guaranteed Admission Agreements to transfer from RCC] is growing in popularity.”

After a break for lunch, Dean Kornegay explained the process of placement testing in Virginia. RCC dual enrollment coordinator Petie Norris then outlined the benefits of the dual enrollment program and explained some of RCC’s academic policies and procedures, answering a number of thoughtful questions from the audience on both subjects.

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.

Attendance from area high schools was excellent. At Warsaw, Colonial Beach High School was represented by Clint Runyan and Michelle Wells; Essex High School by Shannon Bryant; King and Queen Central High School by Vera Steward; King George High School by Kristine Hill and Robin Mitchell; King William High School by Tracey Martin and Jennifer Perry; Lancaster High School by Jamie Bradd, Barbara Smith, and Lori Watrous; Mathews High School by Leslie Hunley; Northumberland High School by Jacqueline Samuel; Rappahannock High School, in Richmond County, by Jesse Boyd and Lexi Brown; and St. Margaret’s School, in Tappahannock, by Sheri Gross.

Attending the Glenns meeting were Melanie Ann Piercy, Charles City High School; Diane Pollard, director of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School; Elana Roseberry, Christchurch School (Middlesex); Layton Beverage, Matthew Lord, and Kathleen Zannette, Gloucester High School; Bernard Davis and Vera Steward, King and Queen Central High School; Stacey Johnson, King William High School; Katelyn Dodge, Albert Green, and Renee Johnson, Mathews High School; Anne Baltrusaitis, Michael Cromartie, and Kathy Page, Middlesex High School; Yvonne Jones and Jennifer Smethurst, New Kent High School; Deborah Hughes, Northern Neck Technical Center (Warsaw); David Dixon and Brian Zobel, Northumberland High School; Jillanna Daniel and Mark Dorsey, West Point High School; Linda Minor, director of instruction of West Point Town Schools; and Carmen Crisco and Andrea Roane, Washington and Lee High School (Westmoreland County).

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