HAMLET — The Richmond Community College Board of Trustees approved on Tuesday an additional requirement for the future Dialysis Technology Program that will be offered at the college starting in the fall.
Dale McInnis, RCC president, said there needs to be a clinical requirement to the program much like the medical assisting program currently at the college.
McInnis said along with the academic criteria for the new program, students must also be eligible to work and be part of a clinical program. The extra step may include a criminal background check and drug testing if the participating clinical site requires the students to do so.
McInnis predicts the program to be a success at the college due to the growing jobs in the area of dialysis.
“We’re timing this in a good place and a good time,” McInnis said.
McInnis is hoping the college will start to admit students to the program for the fall semester.
RCC will also be adding another five-week session of courses during the summer to provide a more enhanced summer schedule.
McInnis said the college is planning to offer a wider range of classes during this time.
“This creates a new market and new opportunity,” McInnis said.
McInnis said the new summer session will mainly be targeting college transfer students who are signing up for courses over the summer while they are on summer break. This will allow them to obtain college credit at a more affordable cost.
Chris Gardner, a counselor for student services at the college, also updated the board on a change made to the Minority Male Mentoring Program at the college. The program is dedicated to increase the educational success minority males at RCC.
Gardner took over the program as a faculty advisor last year and began to notice that there were quite a few women that were in the program. The decision was made to change the name of the organization to Leadership and Mentoring Program, or LAMP. Since Gardner’s takeover, the number of students increased from 35 students to 61 students.
It is a student-led program that comes together and helps bring ideas to the campus to help promote campus pride and encourage education.
“The goal to increase retention rates, graduation rates and transfers to four year school,” Gardner said.
Gardner also informed the board that the students of the program came up with a new way to promote professionalism amongst the students. It is entitled That’s A WRAP (Workforce Ready Apparel that’s Professional). The idea is to get students to dress professionally on Fridays either with a suit or in a way that demonstrates the field in which they intend to work.
The board also approved the naming of the Forte Annex building, which is the storage building next to the newly renovated John E. Forte Building on RCC’s main campus. The $3.2 million renovation of and addition to the Forte building will provide students in the engineering, energy and technical programs, including mechatronics, with new classroom and lab spaces.
The board went into closed session at 8:02 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss an undisclosed legal matter.The closed session concluded at 8:14 p.m. McInnis said no action taken during the session.