A “Summer Bridge” workshop from Rappahannock Community College’s Student Support Services (SSS) program, held August 9-11, introduced qualifying students to the benefits of SSS membership. The event aimed to lessen the initial difficulty of adjusting to college life and work by helping students “bridge” the transition from high school.
Among the topics covered during two days of information sessions were college expectations, RCC resources, time management and stress relievers, interpreting course syllabi, financial aid and scholarships, preparing for the first day of classes, online instruction, tutoring services, Guaranteed Admission Agreements and the transfer process, computer skills, educational iPad apps, 3-D technology, and community resources. Students new to the SSS program also heard from returning participants, who shared stories of how their RCC journeys were eased by the support of the program.
The third day was spent at the Rosewell Foundation in Gloucester, which is known as “America’s Magnificent Ruin.” A talk by Katrina White Brown, operations manager for the Rosewell Visitors’ Center, centered on historical perspectives to be derived from the ruins. The group then undertook a self-guided tour of the site.
For the 2015-16 academic year, RCC was awarded $293,643.00 to offer assistance to its students through the Student Support Services program. The United States Department of Education established this program to help remove social, cultural, and economic barriers to higher education; it 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.
RCC’s Student Support Services administrative officer, Lorraine Justice, addresses a group of students during a Summer Bridge workshop aimed at helping to ease the transition from high school to college.