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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.

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…

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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