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RCC shares student pathways to success with local high schools

On August 19, 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. RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, extended a warm welcome to these key actors in the educational scene.


Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development, opened the session by citing examples of the many RCC students who have gone on to succeed in four-year schools, graduate programs, and careers. Dual enrollment coordinator Petie Norris described how the program gives high school students a head start on college, and named the eight students who received the new Governor’s Medallion at Commencement 2013, signifying that they earned an RCC associate degree concurrently with their high school diplomas. Dean of student development Anne Kornegay explained how the placement testing system determines a student’s readiness for college work, and enumerated the RCC degrees and certificates that can be earned by high school students. She then pointed out how Virginia’s Two-year College Transfer Grant (which supplies funding for qualified students who wish to transfer after earning an associate degree) and RCC’s 41 Guaranteed Admission Agreements with four-year institutions in Virginia ease the process of completing a bachelor’s degree.

Leslie Smith, RCC’s dean of technology and distance learning, teamed with coordinator of library services Dan Ream to detail the online and technological resources the college makes available, as well as library services that meet the informational needs of students, faculty, and the public, support the curriculum, strengthen instruction, and promote research. Finally, Dr. Glenda Haynie, RCC’s director of research, effectiveness, and planning, gave an overview of the latest statistics, broken down by county, on college enrollment, employment, and income in RCC’s service region.

After an update from Dr. Crowther on recent 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 19. Left to right: RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; Dr. Rebecca Gates, Northumberland County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Lori Watrous, Essex County’s assistant superintendent of schools; Alicia Carter, director of local, state, and federal government programs with the Lancaster County school system; Dr. Scott Burckbuchler, Essex County’s superintendent of schools; Patty Long, public relations specialist with the Westmoreland County school system; Dr. Ben Kiser, Gloucester County’s superintendent of schools; Dr. Donna Alexander, RCC’s vice president of instruction and student development; Dr. Greg Smith, Richmond County’s superintendent of schools; Diane Pollard, director of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School; and John Tupponce, executive director of educational programs and administration services with the Lancaster County school system.

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