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The Public Relations team is led by Public Information Officer Tom Martin, a longtime Rappahannock Community College employee. Under Martin’s leadership, the RCC PR team serves as the main link to the media in the RCC service area. If you have story ideas or thoughts, please reach out to our staff.

Check back often as we are constantly updating our website with new feature stories and event information as it becomes available.

Jerry Peters
Class of 2016: Jerry Peters reflects on his educational journey
April 29, 2016

Jerry Peters, RCC Class of 2016, will be the featured student speaker at this year’s commencement ceremony …

Glenda Lowrey
Prof. Glenda Lowery honored by College for 37 years of service
April 29, 2016

RCC Prof. Glenda Lowery joins a group of individuals who have been singled out for her example of service and leadership …

Abby Goszka, class of 2014, graduated from RCC and transferred to JMU, where she was able to take part in geology and ecology programs in the Bahamas.
For this RCC graduate, JMU has become her new “kingdom”
April 12, 2016

Abby Goszka ’14 transferred to JMU, where she was able to take part in ecology and geology programs in the Bahamas …

RCC student Tim Mathis and New Kent County resident shaved his head as part of a fundraiser, sponsored by Saint Baldrick’s Foundation.
RCC student shaves his head to raise funds for cancer research
April 12, 2016

Rappahannock Community College student Tim Mathis shaved his head, along with his team, to raise funds for cancer research …

RCC invites middle school students to ‘imagine’ STEM
April 6, 2016

Several free Spring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy workshops, to be held at various …

Nurse aide student B. Haley tests blood pressure at the Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center’s recent Health Fair.
New Kent Health Fair staffed by RCC’s dual enrollment students
March 25, 2016

At the Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center in New Kent County, students from five nearby high schools attend dual enrollment classes that can lead to certificates or degrees…

RCC celebrates Women’s History Month
RCC Alumni return “home” to celebrate Women’s History Month
March 24, 2016

On March 15, Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office honored the accomplishments of women at its …

Nathaniel O’Bier, a 2011 graduate of RCC
Nathaniel O’Bier ’11: Solving problems via biomedical research
March 11, 2016

A 2011 graduate of RCC, Nathaniel O’Bier, is working in the labs at VCU to help solve persistent biomedical problems …

Volunteers from RCC lend a hand to the recent tornado victims.
RCC students, staff come together to help tornado victims
February 29, 2016

On Sunday, February 28, students and staff from RCC arrived at the Southern States building ready to pitch in and help the victims of the recent tornadoes.

RCC students Gabriel Fearing and Vincent Lewis were chosen to participate in the five-week online “NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars” program.
NASA tabs RCC students with the right stuff for space program
February 19, 2016

Two outstanding students from RCC — Gabriel Fearing and Vincent Lewis — were chosen to participate in the five-week online “NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars” program. With several topics to…

Mary Skinner and Robert Brandel were awarded top prize in RCC's Student Research Paper Awards.
RCC students honored with awards for their written research
February 17, 2016

A twice-yearly contest sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Library Center honors students who have submitted exceptional research papers during the past semester. RCC librarian Dan Ream is pleased to…

King George High School grad to achieve RCC degree
February 12, 2016

A 2014 graduate of King George High School, Savannah Carabin began pursuing higher education via Rappahannock Community College’s dual enrollment classes, and will complete an associate degree in Spring 2016…

A Club
“A Club” members treated to lunch with RCC’s president
February 5, 2016

On January 29, a number of Rappahannock Community College students were recognized as “A Club” members during a celebratory luncheon sponsored by the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office. The…

Left to right: Lorraine Justice, the administrative officer for RCC’s Student Support Services program; Carroll; and RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.
Alumna returns to help celebrate Black History Month at RCC
February 4, 2016

On February 22, the speaker was a returning RCC graduate from 2005: Chimerè Carroll. During her time at RCC, Carroll served as president of RCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society…

RCC student Eric Binkerd
Student Eric Binkerd on engineering new solutions for old cars
January 27, 2016

In the time he can spare from work and classes, Rappahannock Community College student Eric Binkerd pursues one aspect of his passion for things mechanical: an invention that will allow…

Bryant Hudgins, Class of 1997
Through Nursing to Administration: Meet Bryant Hudgins ’97
January 12, 2016

Bryant Hudgins is very familiar with hard work and fast paced environments. His career has taken him from being a nursing assistant at Walter Reed Convalescent Center, to a supervisor,…

RCC Team Math Contest - 1st Place Team
Team contest at RCC celebrates excellence in mathematics
January 8, 2016

On Friday, December 4, the annual Team Math Contest took place at both Rappahannock Community College campuses, with teams, each of three students, representing area high schools. Colonial Beach, Gloucester,…

RCC’s Emergency Medical Services department head, assistant professor Ellen Vest, has recently qualified as a Nationally Certified EMS Educator.
RCC professor honored with national EMS recognition
December 22, 2015

Rappahannock Community College’s Emergency Medical Services department head, assistant professor Ellen Vest, has recently qualified as a Nationally Certified EMS Educator. A letter from John Todaro, president of the National…

RCC student ambassador Matt Webb tries out “Dance Floor Theory” at a Student Leadership Conference in Roanoke, November 6-8.
Student leaders represent RCC at “powerful” conference
November 30, 2015

Participants in Rappahannock Community College’s Student Ambassador program had the opportunity, November 6-8, to attend a weekend Student Leadership Conference sponsored by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The purpose…

RCC’s Chef Hatley Bright explores Japanese cuisine
November 13, 2015

A sushi demonstration and tasting with Chef Hatley Bright, head of Rappahannock Community College’s Culinary Arts program, presented flavors of Japanese cuisine to the college’s students and staff. Bright brought…

Sherika Charity, RCC’s financial aid and veterans’ affairs coordinator, addresses recipients of RCC Educational Foundation scholarships on the subject of saying “Thank you,” and investing in their future and the future of others.
Scholarship recipients and donors honored at RCC
November 13, 2015

A formal ceremony followed by a reception, recognizing students who won scholarships for the academic year of 2015-16, as well as the donors of those awards, was held at Rappahannock…

Expanding business takes training needs to RCC-Workforce
November 11, 2015

When Truth Reels, a Northumberland County company that makes superior fishing reels, found that demand for its products was exceeding the number it could supply, its owner and founder, Wes…

Chimuel Agcanas
VCU graduate sees RCC Dual Enrollment as launching point
November 4, 2015

Rappahannock Community College has no mold for its students — every student that passes through its doors is highly unique and uses their RCC education for a different purpose. This is…

Student Ambassador experience enriches college life at RCC
October 29, 2015

Though some may think that college is only about studying, books, and tests, Rappahannock Community College’s Student Ambassador program aims to help its participants embrace new experiences and learn to…

RCC student receives scholarship from Omega Protein
October 2, 2015

Emily Kuhn, a homeschooled student from New Kent County who is currently working for an Associate of Arts and Sciences transfer degree at Rappahannock Community College, has received a $1000…

A-Club member M. Childers of Gloucester, VA
The elite “All A’s Club” gains new members at RCC
October 2, 2015

Seventeen Rappahannock Community College students were honored as “A Club” members during a celebratory luncheon sponsored by the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office on September 11. The “A Club”…

Nursing tests
RCC’s student nurses learn by role-playing exercises
September 25, 2015

RCC’s associate degree nursing program recently used role-playing exercises to give students a taste of what communicating with patients will be like when they go into clinical settings later in the semester….

Native American celebration canceled due to weather
September 21, 2015

UPDATE: RCC’s Celebration of Native American Heritage has been canceled due to the weather situation. During the week of September 28, Rappahannock Community College will host a variety of activities celebrating…

RCC is proud to have four Certified Nurse Educators. Left to right: assistant professor Cheryl Riley; Ellen Koehler, the head of RCC’s nursing programs; associate professor Carrie Lewis; and associate professor Sara Headley.
RCC nursing faculty achieve elite, national certification
August 26, 2015

Rappahannock Community College is pleased to announce that several members of its nursing faculty earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). In order to gain this standing, they were…

Nurse Pinning Summer 2015
RCC honors practical nursing summer graduates
August 17, 2015

“You represent the finest and best of the community and the college. We need you!” said Rappahannock Community College’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, to the class of 15 students who…

Future nurse receives realtors’ scholarship through RCC
Future nurse receives realtors’ scholarship through RCC
August 17, 2015

A $2,000 scholarship funded by the Northern Neck Association of Realtors (NNAR) and administered by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation will help Essex High School graduate Mikelah Dann toward…

EMS simulation
Students challenged in emergency simulation at RCC Glenns
July 29, 2015

Recently, students in our Emergency Medical Services program took part in a live simulation at the Glenns Campus of Rappahannock Community College. As part of the rigorous and comprehensive training…

RCC summer camps
Summer Camps at RCC: A Healthy STEM Adventure
July 29, 2015

The faculty and staff at RCC are used to having lots of students in class and on our campuses and sites. But usually, our learners are a bit taller. This…

BIO 278 Lab
A day on the Chesapeake: BIO 278 goes into the field
July 29, 2015

On July 22, Rappahannock Community College adjunct biology professor Dr. Diane Tulipani led her class onto the York River and Chesapeake Bay to collect data and samples for her BIO…

Great Colleges to Work For
RCC honored with “2015 Great College to Work For” award
July 20, 2015

Rappahannock Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results, released today…

Latisha Lee '08
Latisha “Tish” Lee ’08 shares the secret of her banking success
June 19, 2015

It is said that with a lot of hard work and a little luck, anyone can achieve their dreams. That’s exactly what Latisha Lee ’08 has done — and is…

Rep. Rob Wittman
Congressman Rob Wittman: “Succeed if you stay on your path”
June 11, 2015

A May 27 talk from Congressman Rob Wittman (who represents Virginia’s 1st District) helped Rappahannock Community College students to zero in on the importance of additional education after high school….

Two RCC Research Paper Winners
Research papers net two students RCC writing awards
June 1, 2015

Rappahannock Community College’s library coordinator, Dan Ream, is pleased to announce the winners of the college’s Student Research Paper Awards. The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellent writing…

2015 Nurse Pinning
One Giant Leap to becoming a Nurse: Pinning the Grads
May 19, 2015

At the end of the Spring 2015 semester, 34 students completed Rappahannock Community College’s associate-degree nursing (ADN) program. They received pins to mark their achievement at a ceremony held on…

Ruby Brabo
Ruby Brabo: RCC Alumna and Champion for King George County
April 29, 2015

If you live in King George County, you may have met her at a town hall meeting or perhaps read her name in the news. She’s become a well-known personality…

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Students honored and inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society
April 20, 2015

On April 10, Rappahannock Community College’s Alpha Lambda Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducted 64 new student members. In order to be invited to join,…

Aryah and Joe: RCC Nursing Success Stories
April 3, 2015

They walked across the stage last year in the heat of May to collect their pins and start their work as nurses. Meet Aryah Hudgins and Joe Mueller, two 2014 graduates…

Christine Riddett
You’ll never guess why RCC student Christine Riddett chose nursing
March 26, 2015

“I was always wanting to do everything,” says Rappahannock Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student Christine Riddett, “but I finally had to narrow my focus, and I picked the…

RCC graduate Chip Jones
RCC’s Chip Jones on scholarships, whales and license plates
March 16, 2015

Chip Jones couldn’t decide whether to allow his heart or mind to guide his career path. Logic steered him toward the practical agriculture and economics, while his love of history…

RCC students visited the General Assembly on January 28.
Students represent RCC for “college days” in Richmond
February 25, 2015

On Wednesday, January 28, several Rappahannock Community College students traveled to Richmond to observe the General Assembly at work. Students making the trip were Donna Alexander and Sterling Foster, both…

RCC alumna Jessica Crabill
A learning journey brings an RCC transfer student back home
February 20, 2015

“I don’t think I’ll ever quit being a student,” says Jessica Crabill, a 2009 graduate of Rappahannock Community College who has made her way around the world and found that…

RCC student visits Orion launch site
RCC Pre-Engineering student experiences NASA first-hand
February 13, 2015

“It was fantastic — to be so close, to feel the building of the excitement as the scheduled launch time approached,” says Katie Zanette, one of Rappahannock Community College’s career…

Commencement 2015
Celebrating RCC’s 43rd Commencement: May 8, 2015
January 15, 2015

On Friday, May 8, at Rappahannock Community College’s 43rd Commencement ceremony, college officials bestowed degrees and certificates on over 200 members of the Class of 2015 who attended the ceremony. While…

workforce skills enhancement
RCC partners with public media for workforce training
December 15, 2014

“Workforce development is a key component for creating a new Virginia economy,” said Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe in his announcement of a new workforce development initiative, “SkillsOnline,” which should prove…

RCC student Kendra Yates was honored for receiving the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at a luncheon in Richmond on November 18. Left to right: RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; Yates; and RCC’s interim dean of student development, Dr. David Keel.
RCC student Kendra Yates awarded with scholarship
December 2, 2014

On November 18, a number of outstanding Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students who have qualified for prestigious statewide scholarships were honored at a luncheon in Richmond. One of these,…

RCC students took a tour of the VSU campus.
RCC students embrace STEM Education as wave of the future
November 3, 2014

When science fiction turns into science fact, it takes a new generation of minds to help fill the many jobs that have not even been imagined yet. Students from Rappahannock…

Vaughan Crittenden at the track, where he's most comfortable.
From RCC to NASCAR: Meet our own Vaughan Crittenden ’12
October 24, 2014

It seems like Vaughan Crittenden is always moving fast. From the time he gets up in his dorm room at James Madison University to late evening when he finally gets…

RCC students were honored as “A” Club members during a celebratory luncheon
A-Club students recognized at RCC luncheon
October 14, 2014

On October 3, a number of Rappahannock Community College students were honored as “A” Club members during a celebratory luncheon sponsored by the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office. The…

RCC Students can qualify for NASA scholarships and more
October 14, 2014

Thanks to a NASA grant awarded to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, students of Rappahannock and other Virginia Community College System (VCCS) member institutions who are pursuing studies in science,…

RCC student Alexis Lassiter recently participated in an eight-week summer internship at VCU.
RCC student researches biology in VCU summer program
October 2, 2014

As part of Virginia Commonwealth University’s “Bridges to the Baccalaureate: From Dream to Goal” biomedical and behavioral summer research program, Rappahannock Community College student Alexis Lassiter recently participated in an…

Recent RCC graduate Iesha Lee participated in a 10-week psychology research project on understanding and preventing societal violence.
RCC graduate takes part in national research project
September 2, 2014

“It was an awesome experience,” says recent Rappahannock Community College graduate Iesha Lee, who has just returned from a 10-week psychology research project at Virginia Tech. “It was my first…

Dr. Troy Tuckey of VIMS, seen here on the research vessel Tidewater, sorts just-netted marine life by species so that students of RCC’s “Coastal Ecology” course can identify, count, and measure them.
RCC-VIMS partnership plunges students into fieldwork
August 21, 2014

Developed with the serious student of marine biology in mind, Rappahannock Community College’s summer “Coastal Ecology” course culminated with two weeks of intensive field work at the College of William…

RCC’s practical nursing grads pinned—on July 28, a class of 26 students graduated from RCC’s practical nursing program.
RCC’s practical nursing grads celebrate pinning ceremony
August 15, 2014

“Last night [July 28] the practical nursing faculty graduated the largest class in Rappahannock Community College’s recent history,” said Charles Smith, RCC’s dean of health services, in a congratulatory e-mail…

RCC students learn Snake Dance from Rappahannock Tribe
RCC students visit Rappahannock Tribe in King and Queen County
August 13, 2014

As part of its Summer Bridge program, Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services Office (SSS) sponsored a July 17 trip to the home of the Rappahannock Tribe in Indian Neck,…

RCC student Kyle Forst
RCC student in line for world computer championship
July 25, 2014

Out of over 300,000 entrants from across the United States, Kyle Forst of Middlesex County has been chosen as one of six persons who will compete against representatives of 120…

Andrea Staskiel
From RCC to the Corner Office: Andrea Staskiel, Class of 2011
July 8, 2014

Andrea Staskiel was a “non-traditional” student by definition and her experiences have been rather non-traditional as well. Before beginning her college education at RCC in January 2010, Andrea spent the…

Rappahannock Community College student La’Vita Smith
“It’s Never Too Late To Learn,” says RCC student La’Vita Smith
July 1, 2014

“I have faced all kinds of obstacles in trying to start my life over here in Virginia,” says Rappahannock Community College student La’Vita Smith, “but the team here has helped…

RCC Graduation 2014
“A beautiful graduation day” for RCC’s 42nd Commencement
June 2, 2014

On Friday, May 9, at Rappahannock Community College’s 42nd Commencement ceremony, college officials bestowed degrees and certificates on close to 200 members of the Class of 2014 who attended the…

Graduates of RCC’s associate-degree nursing program, Class of 2014, received their pins at a ceremony on May 9.
Rappahannock Nursing graduates mark their achievement
June 2, 2014

At the end of the Spring 2014 semester, 41 students completed Rappahannock Community College’s associate-degree nursing (ADN) program. They received pins to mark their achievement at a May 9 ceremony,…

Craig J. Boykin
Dropout turns doctoral candidate, will speak at RCC
June 2, 2014

On Friday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m., Rappahannock Community College’s Kilmarnock Center will present a much-sought-after motivational speaker. After dropping out of high school and experiencing many other setbacks, Craig…

RCC’s Professor Michael Greene.
RCC makes technology accessible
May 23, 2014

Three one-credit courses offered at Rappahannock Community College this summer are designed to help students make the most of widely available technology tools. Information systems technology professor Michael Greene will…

RCC's Prof. Ellen Vest
EMS director named “Educator of the Year”
May 17, 2014

Rappahannock Community College is proud to recognize Ellen Vest, the director of its emergency medical services (EMS) programs, as the winner of the Peninsulas EMS Pre-Hospital Educator of the Year…

Phi Theta Kappa
Academic honor society adds new members at RCC
May 12, 2014

On April 22, Rappahannock Community College’s Alpha Lambda Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducted 55 new student members. The featured speaker at the event was…

The RCC A Club
RCC honors students who earn excellent grades
May 12, 2014

Several Rappahannock Community College students received recognition as “A” Club members during celebratory luncheons sponsored by the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) Office on April 21 and 23. The “A”…

RCC gains ACEN Accreditation
RCC nursing program celebrates additional accreditation
May 12, 2014

Rappahannock Community College recently learned that its Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formally the National League for Nursing…

Yanelys “Nelly” Perez-Velazco
RCC student nominated to state academic team
May 2, 2014

On April 16, a luncheon and ceremony in Richmond recognized outstanding community college students who have been nominated to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International…

RCC's IT Team
RCC scores high in digital survey
May 2, 2014

The ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey from the California-based e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE) has resulted in a second-place win for Rappahannock Community College and an excellent showing…

Lewis “Lewie” Lawrence, the executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
RCC sustainability committee offers environmental lecture
April 4, 2014

In keeping with one of its major goals, that of disseminating information about the environment and “green” technologies, the Environmental Sustainability Committee at Rappahannock Community College is pleased to present…

Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea option for students
April 4, 2014

As part of its “Semester at Sea” program, the Institute for Shipboard Education is making available to Rappahannock Community College and other Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students an opportunity…

Dr. Earle Williams at RCC
Psychologist addresses RCC students
March 31, 2014

On March 12, Rappahannock Community College students were privileged to hear an informative talk from forensic and clinical psychologist Dr. Earle Williams, who discussed his education, life experiences, and career….

HVAC repair at RCC
Despite the yellow tape RCC’s Glenns Campus is open for business
March 12, 2014

“The roof is past its expected lifespan,” says Kim McManus, Rappahannock Community College’s vice president of finance and administrative services. He is speaking about the current renovation project at RCC’s…

RCC celebrates TRIO Day
March 10, 2014

On February 25, Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services (SSS) program scheduled a special observance of National TRIO Day, in order to acknowledge and honor the partnership between the TRIO…

Black History Month at RCC
Storyteller presents folk tales as life lessons at RCC
March 10, 2014

On February 17, Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services and Student Activities Offices, with the RCC/Richmond County Public Library, sponsored an appearance by well-known storyteller Dylan Pritchett as a celebration…

RCC Paramedics
RCC students attain paramedic status
February 16, 2014

On January 24, a long-awaited pinning ceremony honored three groups of Rappahannock Community College students who have completed a highly challenging curriculum in paramedic studies. The gold and blue Paramedic…

Clayton Hogge, RCC student
RCC’s Clayton Hogge on beating dyslexia
February 16, 2014

Rappahannock Community College student Clayton Hogge is all too familiar with the concept of dyslexia—now. But when he was a Middlesex first grader, it was just a word. He had…

MLK Day at RCC
RCC honors Dr. King
February 7, 2014

“Martin Luther King Day means overcoming obstacles,” says the Rev. Mr. Keith Parham, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hockley, in King and Queen County. Parham was one of the…

RCC Students in Richmond
RCC sends student group to General Assembly
January 20, 2014

On Thursday, January 9, a student group from Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns Campus traveled to a session of the General Assembly in Richmond — then celebrating “Every Day Is Community…

RCC professor covers Kennedy retrospective
January 3, 2014

Capping a lifelong interest in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Rappahannock Community College faculty member Jack Moore (associate professor, Administration of Justice) traveled to Dallas to take part in a…


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