A smooth first day of classes @ RCC

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET — Russell Wadsworth had no first-day jitters Monday morning as he headed to class at Richmond Community College.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Abbie Hudson, 17, of Rockingham, draws on a notepad to pass the time until meeting up with her mother later in the day. Hudson's 8 a.m. class was small, she said - maybe 15 students.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Abbie Hudson, 17, of Rockingham, draws on a notepad to pass the time until meeting up with her mother later in the day. Hudson’s 8 a.m. class was small, she said – maybe 15 students.

The Army veteran, a former combat engineer, was set to start his third semester in the school’s electric utility substation and relay technology program. So far, so good.

“I think it’s a wonderful program,” said the 40-year-old Rockingham resident. “It’s a great … (and) very challenging career.”

Wadsworth was one of approximately 2,500 students to begin classes on Monday, according to Andy Cagle, RCC’s director of marketing and communications. That doesn’t include anyone enrolled in the 12-week sessions that begin Sept. 16. Cagle said the enrollment figures will fluctuate over the next few weeks but numbers are generally “on par” with previous years.

While Wadsworth is one step closer to a new career, several students were getting a jumpstart on their first. Abbie Hudson, 17, is a senior at Richmond Senior High School and participates in RCC’s dual enrollment program. This semester, she’s taking English, psychology and math courses on the Hamlet campus.

“I like it a lot,” Hudson said while drawing on a notepad sitting at a table in the quad, passing the time until meeting her mother later in the day. “My first class was very, very small … like 15 students.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond Community College students make their way to class on Monday, the first day of the fall semester.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond Community College students make their way to class on Monday, the first day of the fall semester.

After an 8 a.m. class to start the day, Ny-asia Smith, Yianah Newkirk, Lakeya Cooper and William McLaughlin sat at another table on the quad, sharing first-day experiences and looking forward to what comes next. Both McLaughlin and Smith are Early College students who, like Hudson, are getting a head start on their college careers.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Ny-asia Smith (center), Yianah Newkirk (left), Lakeya Cooper and William McLaughlin hang out in the quad between classes on Monday at Richmond Community College.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Ny-asia Smith (center), Yianah Newkirk (left), Lakeya Cooper and William McLaughlin hang out in the quad between classes on Monday at Richmond Community College.

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