Twenty Lancaster High School students enjoyed a guided tour of Rappahannock Community College’s Kilmarnock Center, the headquarters of its Workforce Development Office, on February 8. This included a demonstration of the new “Mechatronics” factory logistical training hardware, as well as the training rooms dedicated to plumbing and residential electronics. The students asked many perceptive questions about the available training and career opportunities.
“This was fabulous!” said Workforce vice president Jason Perry. “We had parents of students from the tour call us the same day to sign up for some of our courses.”
The group’s next stop was RCC’s Glenns Campus, where they learned about many of RCC’s career and transfer programs, some of which feature hands-on training equipment: a virtual welding machine, robotic patients that allow nursing students to practice their skills, and a fully-equipped ambulance for realistic EMT training. Other presentations covered RCC’s biology and science programs, and the resources for academic research at the college library. Finally, a representative of the Financial Aid Office discussed how to pay for college classes.