Thanks to a collaboration between Richmond Community College (RCC) and Richmond County Schools, students will have new opportunities to complete professional and technical certifications before completing high school.
Tony Clarke, RCC’s Vice President of Instruction, presented a new pathway for Richmond Senior High School students to complete the Machining Technology Certificate to the college’s Board of Trustees at its June meeting Tuesday evening.
This certificate is just an example of several pathways that have been developed jointly between the college and the schools, he said.
“These pathways give us the opportunities to implement the ‘4+1’ model that we have had success with at the Early Colleges,” said Clarke. “Students can complete the certificate while still in high school then return to RCC for one year after graduation to complete the diploma.
“We are not looking at these just as pathways to the college, but as pathways to careers that are in high demand in industries that pay well,” he said.
In other action, the board heard updates from Clarke and RCC President Dale McInnis on new transfer agreements with North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Wingate University. The agreement with NCSU allows students to more easily transfer from RCC to seven programs in NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Wingate agreement lays out a route that allows RCC students to gain all of the Pre-Pharmacy requisites at the Community College for admission to the Wingate University School of Pharmacy.
According to McInnis, the formal signature of the NCSU agreement will take place on June 7 on State’s campus in Raleigh.
“This agreement between RCC and NC State is a model that other schools will look to replicate,” said McInnis.
The board also bestowed Emeritus status upon five staff members, two faculty members and two Board of Trustees.
Recently retired staff members gaining Emeritus status were: Jennipher Love, Tim Harris, Anne Morris, Gladys Loftis and James Brewington.
Recently retired faculty members gaining Emeritus status were: John Robich and Sharon Reid.
To attain Emeritus status at RCC, an employee must commit 20 or more years of continuous service to the college.
Receiving Trustee Emeritus status were: Hugh Lee and J.C. Lamm.
To attain Trustee Emeritus status a board member must commit 10 or more years of service to the college as a member of the Board of Trustees. Lee served as the chair of the Board of Trustees from 1964 until 2012. In all, Lamm served RCC as both a staff member and trustee for 46 years.
Tuesday night’s meeting was Lamm’s final scheduled meeting as a member of the Board of Trustees.
“I am proud of what we have been able to do at the college over the years,” said Lamm. “Despite our growth we have always remained a student-centered institution and I know we will remain one in the future.”