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New website assists RCC’s veterans and military students in earning credit for prior learning

Prospective veterans and military-related students at Rappahannock Community College will have an easier time earning credit for prior learning thanks to a new website.

The Credits2Careers Veterans Portal will allow students to upload their Joint Services Transcript to see instantly how their work experience could translate into academic credits at RCC and more than 1,700 other community colleges.

Created by Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), the portal is a personalized virtual counseling tool that provides real-time employment information and enables veterans and service members to explore civilian careers related to their areas of expertise or interest.

Using the portal, users can:

  • Explore degrees and non-degree programs and identify which VCCS schools offer them;
  • Create a portfolio that includes military experience, including which components can be translated into credit;
  • Instantly estimate credit for prior learning from RCC based on information in their electronic portfolio;
  • Explore civilian careers related to military training and specialties;
  • Access a comprehensive national database of applicable jobs.

Virginia’s Community Colleges served 36,868 veterans and military-related students last year. RCC has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” for 2016 and 2017 by Victory Media, a veteran-owned-and-operated small business.

“Awarding credit for prior learning is something that always sounded better in theory than it was in practice, until today,” said Glenn DuBois, VCCS chancellor. “Military service is increasingly a technical experience. And thanks to the hard work of hundreds of people across our community colleges and other state agencies, we are in a position to reward that in-uniform service in an unprecedented way.”

For additional information about RCC’s veterans services, please visit our veterans site at www.rappahannock.edu/veterans .

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VIMS professor to present at RCC on the Changing Ocean

The Rappahannock Community College Environmental Sustainability Committee, in cooperation with the RCC Math & Science Club, is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevin Weng will present a talk titled “Who’s chasing my fish? Distribution, habitat and environmental limits in a changing ocean.”

The seminar will be in the auditoriums at both Warsaw and Glenns, on Wednesday, November 29 from 12:25 to 1:25 p.m.

About Dr. Weng

Kevin Weng is an assistant professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. His group is interested in the migration and distribution of marine fishes, how these patterns are changing, and what might be driving the changes. To help improve prediction of future changes we are collaborating with physiologists and modelers to study the environmental limits of fishes, which may help us understand which variables are most likely to shape redistributions in range.

RCC and RAM of Virginia

RCC, RAM of Virginia health event serves nearly 700 patients

It started on the evening of Friday, November 3, when the huge white trucks rolled into Richmond County Elementary School’s parking lot.

RCC's Ellen Vest honored with governor’s award

RCC’s Ellen Vest honored with governor’s award

RCC's Ellen Vest honored with governor’s award

RCC’s Ellen Vest was honored with the Governor’s EMS Award for her Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety.

Rappahannock Community College’s Ellen Vest may have to make room for more awards to get a new shelf.

On November 11, Vest was presented with the 2017 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety at a ceremony in Richmond.

Vest is the program head of RCC’s Emergency Medical Services program, and this award marks yet another achievement in her career. Back in June of this year, Vest was recognized by the Peninsulas EMS Council (PEMS) for her contributions. That was a regional award, while the November 11 honor was a state-wide recognition.

One might think that Vest earned this award due to her stellar instruction and mastery of the course material, but that is not the case — though she has won a teaching honor twice before.

She was recognized, this time, because of her volunteer work for the Critical Incident Stress Management group, which is a team that operates with PEMS to respond to the mental health needs of first responders and providers.

“If you can imagine what a ‘bad’ 911 call might be,” says Vest, “then imagine a really bad call. It takes one of those ‘bad calls’ for fire fighters and EMS folks to be affected.”

Should something “bad” happen throughout the Middle Peninsula or surrounding region, Vest and the team would set up a peer group to provide support to those who responded to the scene.

“We’d also give them information on how to handle the next few days as they are working through the trauma of it,” says Vest. From there, the team could also recommend treatment options afterward.

All of the recent accolades, to Vest, this one is a confirmation of her hard work through the years.

“It was recognition for something that not everybody can do,” she says.

Dr. Charles Smith, who accompanied Vest to the ceremony and serves RCC as the Dean of Health Sciences, echoed what many said at the ceremony.

“It’s no surprise that she won this award,” says Smith. “It all has to do with her interventions for crisis situations, and she demonstrates that day in and day out with her passion. She is very deserving, and it’s a great honor for her.”

Vest and her Emergency Medical Services teaching team at RCC are currently preparing for Spring 2018 semester, which begins on January 15, 2018.