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RCC meets with high schools to discuss dual enrollment

On November 19, area high school principals and counselors met with Rappahannock Community College administrators at the Warsaw Campus to share information on the many dual-enrollment opportunities that the college makes available.

After welcoming the attendees, RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther introduced two special guests: Lori Dwyer, coordinator of career and educational resources for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and Dr. Seth Sykes, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Transfer Center Director. Dwyer gave a detailed presentation on the Virginia Education Wizard, an online resource maintained by the VCCS for one-stop college and career planning, while Sykes explained several possible “transfer pathways” for Virginia community college students wishing to enroll at VCU. Both talks earned ratings of “excellent” and “very well done.” “Important and relevant topics were covered,” was one listener’s response to an evaluation survey, and the organizing skills of RCC staff members were praised with “The information, length, and presenters were right on time.” A number of RCC administrators and academic deans then gave presentations covering the dual enrollment process as it relates to their fields of expertise.

Attendance from area high schools was excellent. Colonial Beach High School was represented by David Hale and Clint Runyan; Essex by Mike Daddario and Raynell Vesselles; King and Queen Central by Bernard Davis and Vera Steward; King George by Diane Eskey; King William by Gloria Washington; Lancaster by Jamie Bradd, Barbara Smith, and Debra Thomas; Middlesex by Anne Baltrusaitis, Steven Castle, and Kathy Page; New Kent by David Baum and Matthew Dryden; the Northern Neck Technical Center (in Warsaw) by Deborah Hughes; Northumberland by David Dixon, Jacqueline Samuel, and Hutt Williams; Rappahannock (in Richmond County) by Lexi Brown and Jack Cooley; St. Margaret’s School (in Tappahannock) by Sheri Gross; Washington and Lee (in Westmoreland County) by David White; and West Point by Marianna Chestnutt and Mark Dorsey.

Also attending were a number of career coaches associated with RCC’s Tech Prep program: Jillanna Daniel (serving students of Gloucester High School), Percy Pollard (King and Queen Central High School), Karen Hutchens (Lancaster High School), John Scott (Mathews and Middlesex High Schools), Katie Green (New Kent and West Point High Schools), Chastine Williams (Northumberland and Rappahannock High Schools), and Sue Straughan (Washington and Lee High School).

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 in which RCC can give their students a head start on furthering their education. High school students who would like to participate in these programs should talk to their guidance counselors.

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