2019 Great College To Work For

RCC Named a “2019 Great College to Work For”

This honor puts Rappahannock Community College in elite company for five years running.

Rappahannock Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program.

The results, released this week in a special insert of the Chronicle, are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 participating institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Rappahannock Community College included among the small colleges and universities with 500 to 2,999 program enrolled students.

Rappahannock Community College won honors in three categories this year:

*Teaching Environment

*Compensation & Benefits

*Respect & Appreciation

“This affirmation of Rappahannock Community College’s work climate is wonderful; however, our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community and employer that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense, everyone at Rappahannock Community College helps to make this a great place to work,” said RCC president, Dr. Shannon Kennedy.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each

institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

The Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at www.greatcollegesprogram.com.

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

About Rappahannock Community College

Rappahannock Community College, established in 1970, serves Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. RCC is home to multiple associate degrees and certificate programs, as well as robust and varied Workforce offerings. RCC has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2015. The College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.

Kimberly Johnson

by Jennifer Rose Bryant

“My time at RCC was very positive,” says alumna Kimberly Johnson. “Nothing but positive memories.”

Kimberly Johnson. RCC 2008

Kimberly Johnson. RCC 2008

Kimberly Johnson was raised by her grandmother in Westmoreland County and money was tight. She didn’t have a car during her first year at RCC but she was able to get to the Warsaw campus with the help of family and friends. Kimberly worked part-time at Lowe’s in Tappahannock and in the Richmond County Public Library (housed within RCC) through the work-study program. She was able to save money for a down payment on a new car—which was a huge accomplishment and key to her moving forward.

Quality education for a fraction of the cost

“I received a quality education for a fraction of the cost,” says Johnson of her time at RCC. A 2008 graduate, she transferred to VCU and obtained a degree in criminal justice. “If not for RCC, I would’ve gone straight to a 4-year [college] and incurred lots of debt. Due to the financial aid available at RCC there was no reason not to excel,” Johnson adds.

Johnson says that her supervisor at the library, Linda Taylor, was flexible and accommodating to her work and school schedules. She credits this flexibility and understanding to her success.

Exceptionally supportive were Paulina Johnson (no relation to Kimberly), acquisition specialist in the library, who helped her get to and from school, and Brenda LeVere, her academic coordinator whom she considers a mentor. Wilma Tynes, Upward Bound director, was instrumental in helping Johnson complete the FAFSA and apply for scholarships.

“There are so many professionals that know your name … there’s an easy rapport with the instructors and small classes” to help you succeed at RCC.

When asked about advice for students, Johnson offered, “If you reach out, someone is going to help you. Rappahannock Community College set me up in so many ways, academically and personally. I’m happy for the opportunity to brag on RCC.”