“RCC will provide every foundational opportunity for your ultimate career journey,” says Reverend Larry Arrington, RCC alum (from the founding days of RCC!) and pastor of First Morning Star Baptist Church, in Bena, in the southern part of Gloucester County. After graduating from high school, he wanted to find a way to further his education so he enrolled at RCC.
Jerry Horner, physical education teacher; Dr. Dorothy Cooke, math instructor; and Frances Ashburn made positive impressions on him while a student at RCC, he remembers. Their commitment to education and helping students was instrumental in his success at RCC.
Rev. Arrington thought a lot about his future, especially during his post-workout jogs around the perimeter of the campus parking lot. During school, he was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and upon completing his associate degree he received a promotion. However, he felt the calling to the ministry.
Reverend Arrington spoke on the life and impact of Mr. Eldridge Cook at Rappahannock Community College on February 6, 2019. He captivated the audience on-site at the Glenns campus and simulcasted at the Warsaw campus, with the incredible inspiration Mr. Cook was to the region in his business and his philanthropy.
It’s people like Rev. Arrington and Mr. Cook who inspire the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck to achieve more, as they have, and credit Rappahannock Community College with helping the region to get on the way.
“Thank you, thank you for this rural educational opportunity,” Arrington says of RCC.