“Starting Strong with Summer Bridge” was the theme of a three-day workshop that introduced qualifying Rappahannock Community College students to the benefits offered by Student Support Services (SSS).
The event aimed to lessen the initial difficulty of adjusting to college life and work by helping students “bridge” the transition from their former concerns.
SSS administrative officer Lorraine Justice, with RCC’s dean of student development, Dr. David Keel, welcomed attendees on Wednesday, August 12, by answering the question, “What is SSS All About at RCC?”
Further sessions covered students’ expectations of what college will be like, measures taken to ensure students’ safety on campus, counseling services, stress and time management, financial aid, and preparing for the first day of class.
Thursday’s topics included online classrooms, individual learning styles, tutoring services, transferring to a four-year school with the help of RCC’s many Guaranteed Admission Agreements, computer skills, social networking, and success stories from previous RCC students.
On Friday, the students explored “Life Outside of RCC” with visits to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (which hosts several RCC courses), and the college’s latest off-campus site in New Kent County.
The SSS program was established by the United States Department of Education to help remove social, cultural, and economic barriers to higher education, and provides RCC students who meet its guidelines with individualized academic and personal counseling, tutoring, and cultural and social enrichment opportunities. The Department of Education makes these services available through the TRIO series of federal grant programs.