RAPPAHANNOCK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
NURSE PINNING CEREMONY 2020
Associate Degree in Nursing Class of 2020
Practical Nursing Class of 2020
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Glenns Campus – Thursday, August 20 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Warsaw Campus – Friday, August 21 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
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“Getting my degree from RCC made a huge difference in my life. It was one of the best things I’ve done.” says Rhea Stickley (pronounced “Ray”), Class of 1988. A self-described Army brat, the now 70-something says she “grew up everywhere and experienced different cultures from place to place.” From long days spent outside in Colorado then in Maryland and Pennsylvania, her childhood was a contextual mixed bag of experience. By the time Rhea reached young adulthood her family had settled in the east where she eventually married and began a family of her own. She found gainful employment doing secretarial work.
As time passed, Stickley’s marriage dissolved making way for Howard, the love of her life. Rhea met Howard in a small town in Maryland. He was an engineer and she was a secretary, both in the midst of divorces. They became friends and their love soon flourished. Included in this next happy chapter for Rhea would also be a major career promotion, big adventure, and attending Rappahannock Community College.
Need for Speed
One day as she and Howard were riding their motorcycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Howard recognized Rhea’s need for speed and later encouraged her to race motorcycles competitively. She took his advice, and by 1986 she was National #3 in her class in motorcycle road racing. Taking her Formula 3, Honda 125, 2-stroke to speeds of up to 140 mph, Stickley savored the thrill and enjoyed the competition.
Around the same time, Rhea was promoted from secretary to an entry level IT position at Dahlgren (King George County, Virginia) where she and Howard now worked. She enrolled in classes at RCC’s Warsaw campus to pursue a two-year degree that would propel her career forward. Graduating with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in 1988, Rhea was now officially working in Computer Configuration Management and had increased her annual salary by $10,000.
She lists one of her greatest accomplishments in life as being her ability “to get another job” and move up from the secretarial position. Involved in computer code quality control, Stickley says she was “honored to participate in important Navy programs, such as Tomahawk and Aegis.”
Keep on Racing
Her larger income made a huge difference in Rhea and Howard’s quality of life. They were afforded the opportunity to travel, continue to race motorcycles, go on adventures and enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Rhea still likes to get in the wind these days. If the weather is just right, and she’s in the mood, she’ll take “the Trike,” a three-wheeled Harley Davidson that she inherited from Howard two years ago when he passed. Sometimes she’ll take it to do the grocery shopping, other times just out for a spin but always with appreciation for freedom, for love and for the opportunity to live and enjoy another day by making the most of it.
Contributing writer: Jennifer Rose Bryant, RCC Class of 2020
Rappahannock Community College
Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula | Virginia
Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is offering free tuition and training for residents
whose employment status has been affected by COVID-19. Residents must act by December
14, 2020 to take advantage of this exciting opportunity that is funded through the state’s new
Re-employing Virginians (REV) Initiative.
Visit www.rappahannock.edu/REV to learn more, find eligible programs, and sign up for
assistance from a College navigator who will walk you through the funding and enrollment
process. You can also call RCC FastForward Program Developer Kelly Clifton at 804-758-6794.
The REV Initiative, recently announced by Governor Ralph Northam, is leveraging $27 million in
CARES Act funding to provide training vouchers for students pursuing high-demand fields,
which at RCC are: Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, and
The vouchers will pay up to $3,000 for tuition and fees for full-time enrollment in an eligible
certificate or degree program or up to $1,500 for tuition and fees for part-time enrollment in an
eligible certificate or degree program or for a FastForward short-term credential program.
Individuals wanting to participate in the program will be asked to certify in writing that they
received unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020, or that their employment was
adversely impacted by COVID-19. For instance, the individual is currently not working outside
the home or is working in a low-wage, part-time job.
RCC President. Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy, commented, “I urge residents to visit the RCC REV
web page, complete the quick form and they will be assisted by a College navigator.” She
noted, “Individuals who resigned from full-time employment to care for sick relatives or stay
home with school-age children are not eligible for these REV training vouchers, however they
may be eligible for financial assistance through other programs. We want residents facing that
situation to also reach out to us.”
If you are a student interested in taking advantage of this voucher, you must enroll by Dec. 14,
If you qualify, or if you’re unsure if you qualify, you can visit www.rappahannock.edu/REV or
call Kelly Clifton at 804-758-6794 to connect with a navigator who can walk you through the
Rappahannock Community College is celebrating 50 years of breaking down barriers to
education in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Five degrees, six certificates, and 26
career and skills-training programs are offered by RCC, in addition to nearly 40 guaranteed
admissions agreements with colleges and universities across the state and region. RCC
graduates form the backbone of the local economy — healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers,
small business owners and tradespeople. It’s hard to go through a day without being served by
an RCC alum in some way. For more information, visit rappahannock.edu.
Learn more at rappahannock.edu/VOTE
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Fall Classes Begin August 24 — Enroll Now!
Start at RCC Today and Prepare Yourself for Tomorrow.
“If you are out of work, under-employed, looking to start college, or planning on attending VCU, ODU, VT, JMU, or another Virginia college — then now is the time to learn the skills that can jump-start a new career. RCC offers a wide variety of programs, such as:
… and many other training and transfer programs,” says RCC President, Dr. Shannon Kennedy.
This Fall Semester, RCC will offer three ways to take classes:
Online-On-Your-Time – classes online on your schedule.
Zoom – on-campus Zoom classrooms or online off-campus.
Hybrid — Online-On-Your-Time and/or Zoom class combo with on-campus labs.
Earn your degree or certification in one of RCC’s short- or long-term-programs.
Financial aid may be available for you — be sure to apply!
Let’s get you started — RCC will help you every step of the way.
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Elizabeth Walters credits Rappahannock Community College for allowing her to explore her many interests before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth University where she is now a double major in physics and electrical engineering with a minor in math.
Elizabeth began her RCC educational journey as an Essex County home-schooled student who took high school classes online and dual enrollment classes at RCC’s Warsaw campus. Professors Tom Mosca and Bob Parker instilled a joy of math and physics in her that fueled future studies and interests. Professor Lekh Adhikari gave Elizabeth a foundation in chemistry that she still relies on as a VCU student.
“RCC let me discover different classes and interests, like engineering,” Elizabeth says. “It gave me the opportunity to explore and focus in on interests, which I felt would have taken much longer had I started at a four-year school.” When it came time to transfer from RCC to VCU, RCC Professor Ruth Greene was “incredibly helpful.”
From RCC to Virginia Commonwealth University
Today, Elizabeth is a member of VCU’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) team that is comprised of students across all levels, from undergrads, to grad students, to post-doctoral students. Her research focuses on optics, photonics and metamaterials (man-made materials with structures that create properties that are not found in nature, such as a negative refractive index or negative density). “Sonic crystals are a particular interest of mine,” Elizabeth explains. “They are a structure to filter out sound, and can be perfect for sound-proofing hospitals and construction sites.” Her VIP team has a website, where they update their research and progress: https://rampages.us/opticsandphotonicsvip/.
Living and learning in the age of COVID-19 hasn’t been too challenging for her, “I’m basically a homebody, so I like being at home (with my cats, Kismet and Curiosity). Our research is mostly simulation-based so it can be performed online and is not lab-centric, so that can continue.”
Elizabeth’s long term plans are to pursue her PhD and become a professor and she says, “I want to pass on my research and share knowledge through academia.”
Learn more about Engineering at RCC or any of our short- and long-term degree and certificate programs.
Call 804-333-6730 or visit rappahannock.edu
We are now in the second half of what is probably the most difficult year in our lifetime. 2020 started with great promise but was soon brought down by the growing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic strain it brought to Virginia, America, and the world. Nearly 40 million jobs have been lost in the United States since March and opportunities for success have been lost, or put on hold, along with them. As we look forward to brighter days – and there have been positive signs of recovery – it is important to be reminded that education and skills are still vitally necessary to be able to seize those opportunities when they arise. You need to be prepared and Rappahannock Community College can help prepare you for that better tomorrow.
RCC has taken a new approach to providing the education and skills-training you will need to seize those opportunities. With a new “one-door pathway” approach, you can choose what field you are interested in and RCC will guide you through the education options available for you to succeed.
RCC’s website (rappahannock.edu) asks you to describe your own particular needs. You may have just graduated from high school, or you have some college credits already and want to complete your degree, or perhaps you’ve lost your job or need to advance in your current one. RCC is here to help you navigate the right path.
“Times have been so difficult in recent months. If you are out of work, now is the perfect time to learn skills that can jump-start a new career. RCC offers programs in engineering, welding, nursing, IT, commercial driver licensing, accounting and many other technical training and college transfer programs,” says RCC President, Dr. Shannon Kennedy.
College education does not have to be expensive
We know that enrolling in college and selecting programs can often be confusing and, of course, there’s the financial considerations. RCC’s advisors and financial aid counselors will show you the variety of options available and all the financial aid opportunities that are available to help you make college affordable. Going to college doesn’t have to be expensive.
“Tuition assistance and financial aid are available for most programs and credentials, whether you are enrolled in short-term training or a two-year degree program. Our programs are available in a variety of formats: online; face-to-face; or a combination of the two; and, we can create a schedule that meets the demands of your life,” Dr. Kennedy adds.
In an effort to get Virginians properly trained and back to work, VA Ready is one such program that is available to help. As the economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) formed with the urgent need to get Virginians back to work.
“RCC offers several of these programs – for example: Welding, CDL Class A, Nurse Aide, Medication Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Adobe Certified Associate, Level I CNC Milling,” says Dr. Jason Perry, Interim VP of Academic and Workforce Programs.
Learning – the way you want it
RCC transitioned all instruction online in March, just as the pandemic forced us all inside, and we will continue to do so. RCC will employ three different approaches to instructional delivery for the Fall semester that begins August 24, 2020:
- Online-On-Your-Time –Delivery of instructional material allows students to take classes online on their own schedule.
- Zoom Online – Interactive instructional delivery via Zoom (interactive online video-conferencing) classes, either on-campus in Zoom classrooms or online from off-campus locations.
- Hybrid Delivery Combines Online-On-Your-Time and/or Zoom classes with on-campus labs.
“Virginia’s community colleges offer safe, reliable and affordable higher education access. We are experts in providing online classes. We began these offerings nearly 25 years ago, growing to become Virginia’s largest public provider of distance learning courses,” say Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
These are challenging times and RCC is acutely aware of how difficult it is to pursue a college degree or learn necessary job skills – especially now – but we are here to help you every step of the way. Whether it is help navigating the online world of education or staying safe while on campus, RCC will guide you through these murky waters, safely, quickly and assuredly, because at RCC, your success – and your health – matter.
Call RCC Today! 804-333-6730
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