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RCC celebrates partnership with high schools

On August 6, Rappahannock Community College hosted a gathering of area school superintendents and other school administrators to review the details of the learning opportunities, many leading to simultaneous college credit, which RCC makes available to high school students.

“The college’s relationship with all the school systems has never been stronger,” says RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, “and we are honored to work with very expert people in these school systems. The college and K-12 have to work together to improve our young people’s chances of succeeding in the future.”

Participants discussed the cost savings of enrolling at RCC for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, before transferring to a four-year school; Virginia’s Two-year College Transfer Grant, which supplies funding for qualified students who wish to transfer after earning an associate degree; and the college’s 38 Guaranteed Admission Agreements with four-year institutions in Virginia. Also covered were the Career Pathways and Career Coach services, which help high school students define and achieve their educational and career goals. Improvements in RCC’s developmental math and English programs provide a stepping-stone to success, as do the outstanding library and technology resources available at RCC. Students who left high school without receiving a diploma are served by the college’s Workforce and Community Development Office, including the Middle College and Adult Education programs; and for faculty and staff of area school systems, the week-long annual Regional Education Consortium offers valuable professional development opportunities.

After an update from Dr. Crowther on the latest changes at the college, the meeting concluded with a lively session of comments and questions from participants.


Photo: Representatives of area school systems met at RCC on August 6. Left to right: Dr. James Smith, Richmond County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Mark R. Jones, King William County’s superintendent of schools; Chuck Wagner, Gloucester County’s assistant superintendent for instructional services; Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce and community development; Robert Griffin, academic dean of RCC’s Glenns Campus; Dr. Jeffery Smith, West Point’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Rebecca Lowry, Westmoreland County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development; Dr. Rick Richardson, New Kent County’s superintendent of schools; Patricia Mullins, academic dean of RCC’s Warsaw Campus; Petie Norris, RCC’s dual enrollment coordinator; Dr. James Lane, Middlesex County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Glenda Haynie, RCC’s director of research, effectiveness, and planning; RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; Kathleen Beane, director of instruction and district director of testing for the Colonial Beach school system; Lorianne Smith, director of human resources and instruction for the King and Queen County school system; Felicia Packett, RCC’s college registrar; Cherie Carl, RCC’s dean of learning resources; Dr. Ben Kiser, Gloucester County’s superintendent of schools; and Robert Benson, King George County’s superintendent of schools.

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