RCC fitness trail gets $3,000 boost

Staff report

Previous coverage:
* May 19 – RCC to build fitness trail
* July 10 – RCC seeks support for trail

HAMLET — Construction for the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail will begin with a month, Richmond Community College officials said, and will take about 30 days to complete.

Support for the 0.67-mile-long trail received a boost Tuesday night at RCC’s Board of Trustees monthly meeting. There, the Richmond Community College Student Government Association presented a check for $3,000 to support trail construction.

A Richmond Community College photo

A Richmond Community College photo

The future walking trail with fitness stations has been named in honor of the wife of longtime Rockingham Mayor G.R. Kindley, who has served as president of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chair of the steering committee for the Forte Building expansion. The walking trail will also be open to public use.

The Kindley family made a financial contribution to the trail, and they hope others will also support the establishment of the walking trail. The projected is expected to cost approximately $25,000.

Thomas McDonald, President of the RCC Student Government Association (SGA), and other SGA officers and delegates presented a $3000 donation to the RCC Foundation to support the construction of the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.

“The College, Dr. McInnis and the board of trustees do such a wonderful job supporting the students here at RCC, we wanted to find a way to support their efforts to improve the campus,” McDonald said. “This fitness trail is a great addition to RCC, and we are thankful to be able to support it.”

“We have had an outpouring of support for the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail project,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis, “and we are very appreciative of the support of the SGA.

“We are still accepting donations toward this worthwhile community project.”

 Nursing certification passing rate up to 96 percent

At its September meeting, the Richmond Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees received a dose of good news about the College’s associates degree nursing (ADN) program.

RCC’s class of 2014 had a 96 percent passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a national exam given to allow an individual to receive a nursing license.

“This is definitely a positive step for our ADN program,” said Dr. Tony Clarke, RCC’s Chief Academic Officer. “I’m proud of the hard work of our students, nursing faculty and student support staff that made this happen.”

The state and national averages for NCLEX passage will be available in December.

Hit program update

The board of trustees also received an update on the Health Information Technology (HIT) from Susan Long, the program’s lead instructor, and Renea Craven, Allied Health Department Chair.

“We are moving to have the program approximately 90% online by next spring,” Craven said. “It will help with the large number of students in the program who are working full time while trying to complete their degrees.”

According to Craven and Long, the degree can lead to a multitude of high-demand careers in the healthcare.

“With an HIT degree, graduates can get jobs in doctor’s offices, insurance companies, government agencies and long-term care facilities,” Long said.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that there will be more than 20% growth in the health information field over the next six years,” said Craven. “These are jobs that can pay up to $18 to $20 per hour.”

Board Officers

The board elected Claudia Robinette to a second term as chair and Dean Nichols to a second term as vice chair.

“I am humbled by this vote of confidence from my fellow board members,” said Robinette. “It is an honor to serve and be a part of the great things going on at Richmond Community College.”


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