RCC Offers Classes in High-demand Fields at Little or No Cost

Engineering Students Working with Masks OnWARSAW & GLENNS, VA — Tuition assistance programs are now in place to help area residents return to work and to higher education.   Dr. Shannon Kennedy, Rappahannock Community College (RCC) President, commented, “The pandemic has caused upheaval and uncertainty in our lives, but Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck residents now have an opportunity to get training and education in high-demand fields at little or no cost.”

Students taking RCC classes in high-demand fields may qualify for Pell grants, as well as extra tuition assistance dollars, under these special funding programs.  Some areas of study include: networking and cybersecurity; game design and development; website design; industrial technology maintenance; data cabling and fiber optic installation; welding; CNC milling and turning; accounting; law enforcement; and culinary arts.  Various health science concentrations qualify as well, including: certified nurse aide; medication aide; pharmacy technician; phlebotomy; EMS; and nursing.

Four-year college students and recent high school graduates can get a jump-start on the coming academic year by taking transferable RCC credit classes this summer.  Online and in-person options and accelerated 8-week classes are available.  The first summer session starts on May 17.

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Fall classes are also now enrolling. According to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, “If interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an in-state student can save $17,938 (31%) of tuition and fees by first obtaining an associate degree at a community college in two years and then transferring to a public four-year institution for the remaining years.”

Current RCC students give the college high ratings. In a recent survey of 258 students, 97% said that RCC provides high quality educational experiences, 95% said RCC is helpful, and 92% said RCC provides high quality support services.  

Dr. Kennedy noted, “Area residents don’t have to travel to Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia or other parts of the state to get workforce training or an academic degree.  RCC has small classes, committed instructors and tuition assistance that makes for a debt-free and convenient education. We want to spread the word to look at RCC first.”

RCC navigators are ready to help you take the next step. Visit www.rappahannock.edu, call 804-333-6730, or email advisor@rappahannock.edu for assistance.