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RCC shows girls educational options

A “Girls’ Empowerment Camp” sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church of Heathsville and directed by its co-pastor, Cynthia Rioland, included a half-day session and tour of Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw Campus on July 9. Forty Northern Neck girls between the ages of 11 and 18 learned how they can set their own educational and career goals rather than letting them be determined by gender stereotypes.


The event was facilitated by RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, who welcomed the group to the college. She introduced several women staff members—three of whom have attended RCC as students—and invited them to share their “success stories” during a lively panel discussion. These were the college’s vice president of instruction and student development, Dr. Donna Alexander; Student Support Services director Lorraine Justice; college success coach Nic’ole Conaway; financial aid technician Sherika Charity; and Julisa Hackett, a Youth Services case manager with RCC’s Workforce Development Office. Their inspiring accounts included many words of wisdom and good advice for these young women just beginning to take on adult responsibilities.

“I really enjoyed the program and got a lot out of the discussion,” said one participant. “I am excited about attending RCC in the fall!”

“This setting is a great start for those who want to achieve success in a supportive environment,” affirmed Dr. Alexander, who began her own postsecondary education at a community college.

Expressing her satisfaction at the success of the program, and her pride in the college staff’s willingness to help others, Dr. Crowther stated, “The doors of RCC are always open to the community.”

Photo: RCC’s Warsaw Campus hosted a “Girls’ Empowerment Camp” on July 9.


2 Responses to “RCC shows girls educational options”

  1. Alex says:

    What a wonderful idea! I hope we can see more of these types of events at RCC.

  2. Rainey says:

    Enjoyed participating in this event!!!! The young ladies was awesome and I am glad RCC was able to open their doors this group.

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