“If it hadn’t been for the positive experience that I had at RCC, I might have given up on going back to school,” says Jimmy Harrison, marine habitat specialist for NOAA Fisheries in Huntington Beach, California. After Jimmy separated from the Air Force and returned to Virginia to finish his education, he wasn’t sure how he would fare. It had been nearly five years since he was in a traditional educational setting. He says the interesting, yet challenging, coursework and smaller class sizes at RCC kept him engaged.
Mr. Paden, Mrs. Pace, and Ms. McHale are a few of the faculty Jimmy says played significant roles in his success. “They were always there to help when I needed it, and consistently provided useful feedback and insight,” remarked Jimmy.
A Special Thanks to the Janitorial Staff at RCC
“And, although they were not directly involved in my education, the janitorial staff also made my experience at RCC even better. I always appreciated how dedicated they were to ensuring the school was a welcoming environment. The joy on my mom’s face at graduation when one member of the janitorial staff said he was going to miss seeing me around is something I’ll never forget.”
These days Jimmy says he is living, working, and loving life in Southern California and believes RCC played a tremendous role in getting him to where he is now. After graduating from RCC, Jimmy earned a Bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University and then worked at VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences). “RCC was a critical step, for me, in transitioning back into civilian life and working towards my goal of studying marine science,” he added.