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RCC Workforce launches free youth and adult education programs

A new regional coordinating initiative for career preparation, Rappahannock Community College Workforce and Youth Services (RCC WAYS), is offering free career training to qualifying area residents from age 14 through adult. This arrangement combines the existing Middle College, a program of RCC’s Workforce Development Center, with the new Youth Services and RCC Regional Adult Education programs.

Middle College is a program which steers 18-to-24-year-old high school dropouts toward a GED or high school diploma. Since its beginnings in August 2008, it has proven highly effective. The latest class, graduating this past June, gave 50 students the credentials to apply for a better job or continue their education through college.

Youth Services will encourage 14-to-18-year-olds to stay in high school and complete their diplomas through alternative teaching approaches. Its components include academic remediation through summer school services, enhanced with adult mentoring and tutoring; after-school tutoring and career awareness enrichment activities; and summer career development activities, including character development, career exploration, adult mentoring, job shadowing, and part-time job internships (contingent upon available funds). Also, an Out-of-School Youth Program will serve clients aged 19-21 through cohort training, RCC apprenticeships, “Green Job” skill training, and participation in Middle College or the Regional Adult Education program.

RCC’s Regional Adult Education carries on the functions previously performed by the Northern Neck Regional Adult Education Consortium and the Gloucester County Adult Education Program. It will serve individuals of age 16 or over with workplace skill training—mostly on the job—and remedial math or reading classes, which will be held not only at both RCC campuses, but also at Cooper Memorial Library (Colonial Beach), Gloucester High School, Lancaster Middle School (Kilmarnock), Northumberland High School (Heathsville), the Virginia Employment Commission office in Warsaw, and the Westmoreland School Board office (Montross). Its purpose is to assist adults to acquire and apply fundamental knowledge and skills that will help them to fulfill their responsibilities as workers, family members, and citizens.

All of these programs are open free of charge to any individual who meets the guidelines outlined in the application material, which is available at the Workforce Development Offices on either RCC campus. At present, RCC Regional Adult Education is open to residents of Gloucester, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties, and the town of Colonial Beach; Youth Services to residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula; and Middle College to residents of RCC’s entire service region, including the previously mentioned locations plus Essex, King and Queen, King George, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent Counties, and the town of West Point. The programs are made possible by funding from the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, the Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, and the DuPont Foundation.

For more information about RCC WAYS, please call Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce development, at 804-758-6750 (Glenns Campus) or 804-333-6750 (Warsaw Campus). Or e-mail Middle College director Marjorie Lampkin at mlampkin@rappahannock.edu.

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