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RCC hosts summit with high school partners

On August 8, Rappahannock Community College hosted “Celebrating Partnerships,” a gathering of area school superintendents and other school administrators. The purpose of the meeting was to go over the details of the learning opportunities, many leading to simultaneous college credit, which RCC makes available to high school students. The vast majority of the public school systems within RCC’s service region sent representatives.

RCC Superintendents Meeting - August 2011

RCC Superintendents Meeting - August 2011

“We have never had a stronger, more creative group of school superintendents in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula,” says RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther. “I feel privileged that we at RCC get to work so closely with each of them to elevate opportunities for students. This is a pivotal year in which we will implement a number of new initiatives with the school systems.”

Among the topics covered at the meeting were the many and varied dual-enrollment opportunities offered at RCC; professional development opportunities for teachers, including the week-long annual Education Consortium sponsored by RCC’s Workforce and Community Development Office; and other Workforce Development programs, such as Middle College (designed to enable 18-to-24-year-old high school dropouts to earn a high school diploma or GED, then go on to college) and Regional Adult Education; RCC’s Career Coach and Career Pathways programs, and a summary of the top jobs available in Virginia; postsecondary opportunities for students who complete the dual enrollment program, with special reference to the college’s more than 35 Guaranteed Admission Agreements with four-year institutions in Virginia; financial aid both for RCC students and for students transferring from RCC to a four-year school; the current initiative to redesign the developmental mathematics program at Virginia’s community colleges; and the outstanding technology resources available at RCC.

Dr. Crowther also offered an update on the latest changes at the college. These include extensive renovations and improvements at both campuses, Phase One of which is now up and running; the second phase, it is expected, will be complete by the end of the Fall semester. The meeting concluded with a lively session of comments and questions from participants.


Photo: Representatives of area school systems met at RCC on August 8. Left to right: RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development; Dale Wittler, Northumberland County’s assistant superintendent of schools; Brian Zobel, Northumberland High School’s guidance counselor; Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce and community development; Lorianne Smith, director of human resources and instruction for the King and Queen County school system; Dr. Ben Kiser, Gloucester County’s superintendent of schools; Daniel Lukich, Lancaster County’s superintendent of schools; Jason Breeden, director of organizational management for the Westmoreland County school system; Rusty Fairheart, Middlesex County’s superintendent of schools; Leslie Smith, RCC’s dean of technology and distance learning; Petie Norris, RCC’s dual enrollment coordinator; Chuck Wagner, Gloucester County’s assistant superintendent for instructional services; Sherry Pettyjohn, science instructor for the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at RCC; Dr. Rick Richardson, New Kent County’s superintendent of schools; Robert Griffin, dean of RCC’s Glenns Campus; Clint Stables, Northumberland County’s superintendent of schools; Patty Griffin, director of the Governor’s School; Dr. Mark R. Jones, King William County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Glenda Haynie, RCC’s director of research, effectiveness, and planning; Anne Kornegay, RCC’s dean of student development; and Patricia Mullins, dean of RCC’s Warsaw Campus.

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