Dr. Elizabeth Hinton Crowther

A Welcome Message from RCC President, Elizabeth Crowther

The college mission is to provide “access to high quality educational experiences for members of its community, preparing them for success as learners, employees, and citizens.” You will find that your success is our focus. RCC has the finest faculty members and most devoted staff members who are eager to support you.

We know you will find us welcoming, warm, and available to you. You can start your experience with dual enrollment while still in high school. The award-winning Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School is on both RCC campuses. Next, complete a certificate, degree, or credential in RCC’s celebrated high-tech classrooms. RCC is ranked third in the nation for its use of technology in higher education.

Our faculty members are highly-qualified and constantly renew their skills. As a result, our students are graduating with superb preparation. The RCC nursing program, for instance, has been named number one of all college and university programs in Virginia this year, based in large part on their board test scores.

You can transfer from RCC to nearly forty universities with our guaranteed admission agreements, saving loads of money and financial aid eligibility. Talk with one of our academic advisors soon. RCC provides many ways to access coursework that meet your schedule. Many choose from our online course schedule. RCC has a long history of delivering quality distance learning.

RCC is a strong leader for economic development in this region, as it serves to bring the community together for initiatives, partners with business and government, and delivers agile workforce preparation to community members. We invite you to visit either campus or our Kilmarnock Workforce location to see our stunning training equipment for credentials in machining, controls, and welding.

Come be a part of RCC’s positive impact in this community. We are your resource, here to enrich your life and that of your neighbors. We can’t wait to see you.

Best Wishes,


Ellen Vest, RCC's program head for the Emergency Medical Servcies program

RCC’s Ellen Vest honored by Peninsulas EMS Council

Ellen Vest, RCC's program head for the Emergency Medical Servcies program

Michael Player, the Executive Director of PEMS, presents RCC’s Ellen Vest with two awards for her years of service and dedication.

The Emergency Medical Services program head at Rappahannock Community College, Ellen Vest, was honored by the Peninsulas EMS Council yesterday at the Glenns Campus. PEMS presented Vest with two awards, one for her 20-plus years of service to the community, and a second for her “Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety” for 2017.

The mission of the PEMS organization is to “assist local emergency medical services” and to “plan and implement an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system” in partnership with other groups. PEMS serves the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Virginia Peninsula as well.

Michael Player, the Executive Director of PEMS, presented these awards at the college because she had not been able to attend an earlier PEMS Awards event. Player noted that she is the only person to whom PEMS has been given two awards in one year.

“The Peninsulas EMS Council’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team has been serving the region’s EMS providers since the mid-1980’s — and Ellen Vest has been a member of that team since 1996, and has been its Administrative Coordinator for the last decade,” said Player.

Vest labored to establish regional and statewide standards and mutual aid relationships; and, worked with national and international organizations to obtain formal credentialing. In 2016, she spearheaded a project, which rewrote many of the PEMS policy and procedures which used the best practices learned from three decades of service.

“Ellen has been driven to seek further education for herself and has insisted on the highest standards for team training and performance as well,” said Player.

“We are lucky to have Ellen,” said Charles Smith, dean of RCC’s Heath Sciences division. “She brings a passion for teaching the science and art of Emergency Medical Services. Everyone she encounters, from her students to her EMS and Fire Service colleagues, recognizes her as a consummate professional.”

For Vest, earning recognition for her dedication and hard work on behalf of RCC and the field of Emergency Medical Services, in general, is not new. In 2015, she qualified as a Nationally Certified EMS Educator. At that time, John Todaro, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, said that Vest is “one of a group of dedicated professionals who continuously strive for excellence.”

Magician and Juggler Jonathan Austin

Summer Reading Program at Richmond County Public Library Begins on June 24

Magician and Juggler Jonathan Austin

Magician and Juggler Jonathan Austin will appear at the Summer Reading Kick-off Party on Saturday, June 24 at the RCC Warsaw Campus Lecture Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free hot dog lunch and Summer Reading Program sign-ups will also be available.

The long summer break from school can hurt the growth in children’s reading skills made during the school year. To help prevent that, the Richmond County Public Library encourages kids to keep on reading as participants of their Summer Reading Program.

The annual free Summer Reading Program for children begins on Saturday, June 24 with a kick-off party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rappahannock Community College Warsaw Campus Lecture Hall and Student Lounge. Famed Magician and Juggler Jonathan Austin will entertain in the RCC Lecture Hall from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program follows in the RCC Student Lounge from Noon to 1 p.m., where a free hot dog lunch and a free Scholastic book will also be provided. As in previous summer reading programs, participating children can earn prizes as they read and attend fun-filled programs each week from late June until the end of July.

Each Tuesday from June 27 until July 25, the library will offer a fun-filled program. Note that the first program on June 27 will be held at the former Intermediate School Gym at 13027 Historyland Highway and all remaining programs will be held at the Richmond County Elementary School Gym.

Finally, on August 5, those who complete their summer reading logs will be invited to the Finale Party at the RCC Student Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. which will feature a pizza party and entertainer, along with awards and prizes.

For questions or additional details, please call Ruth Lynn at 804-333-6713.


June 24
Juggler Jonathan Austin and Summer Reading Program sign up at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
RCC Warsaw Campus Lecture Hall and Student Lounge
52 Campus Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572

June 27
Reptiles Alive at 11 a.m.
Held at former Richmond County Intermediate School 8th Grade Building Gym
13027 Historyland Highway, Warsaw, VA 22572

July 11
Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads at 11 a.m.
Held at Richmond County Elementary School Gym
361 Walnut Street, Warsaw, VA 22572

July 18
Mad Science of Central Virginia at 11 a.m.
Held at Richmond County Elementary School Gym
361 Walnut Street, Warsaw, VA 22572

July 25
Under the Sea at 11 a.m.
Held at Richmond County Elementary School Gym
361 Walnut Street, Warsaw, VA 22572

August 5
Finale Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
RCC Warsaw Campus Student Lounge
52 Campus Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572

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RCC to Host Summer STEM Camp at Warsaw Campus, June 26-30

Rappahannock Community College will host a summer camp designed for children in middle school grades six through eight, June 26-30 at our Warsaw Campus. Students will participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related activities, including coding, programming an Arduino controller and creating a robotic puppet for the grand finale project and show.

Students will participate in the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Parents are encouraged to pack a snack for their campers, as there will be a short meal break each day.

For more information, please call Kathy Vanlandingham at 804-333-6780, and to register, visit www.rappahannock.edu/stem-camp — registration is limited.

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RCC Tuition to Increase $4 Per Credit Hour for 2017-18 Academic Year

The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, established the 2017-2018 academic year in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $150.25 per credit hour. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $4.00 per credit hour — an increase of 2.7 percent — which, means the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $12 and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $120.

RCC’S fall semester, which is now available for enrollment, begins August 28.

The new rate keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs at Virginia’s public four-year universities.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to pay a share of the General Assembly-approved employee pay raise; rising fringe benefit costs; and costs associated with using various Virginia administrative systems. It will also pay for operating costs for new buildings.

“Our State Board remains sensitive to the need to ensure higher education is affordable for Virginia families,” said James Cuthbertson, chair of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. “Accordingly, today’s tuition decision strikes a careful balance between that need and our commitment to provide an outstanding and worthy educational experience.”


The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $4.00 per credit hour to a total of $346.85 per credit hour. As required by law, the Board also approved an increase of $1.00 per credit hour to support the debt service for Virginia’s Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund. Out-of-state students make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.


The Board elected to take advantage of a change in state law that allows public institutions to charge reduced tuition and mandatory fees to active duty military members stationed outside Virginia who are enrolled in degree programs associated with their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

The Out-of-State Active Duty Military Discount essentially allows the VCCS to charge active service members a reduced tuition rate along with the capital fee required of all out-of-state students. The discount will save military members more than half of what they would otherwise pay in out-of-state tuition.