RCC Open House set for April 21

Submitted photo Richmond Community College will have an Open House on its main campus in Hamlet on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. College faculty, staff and students will be giving campus tours, and prizes, including an iPad, will be given away at the conclusion of tours.

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Richmond Community College will have an Open House on its main campus in Hamlet on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. College faculty, staff and students will be giving campus tours, and prizes, including an iPad, will be given away at the conclusion of tours.

Scholarships, iPad to be raffled off

HAMLET — Whether you’re a high school student or graduate looking to earn a college degree or a member of the workforce looking to upgrade your skills; whether you never finished school or are an ambitious retiree interested in starting a second career; whether a small business owner looking for tips or an industry leader in need of specialized training for staff, Richmond Community College has a variety of courses and programs available to suit your needs.

RCC has often been described as the best kept secret in Richmond and Scotland counties, but on April 21, the college will open its doors to show off all the programs and services it has to offer. The two-hour open house will be held on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet and will include guided tours and opportunities to interact with college faculty, staff and students. Those attending will also be entered into a drawing for prizes such as scholarships, gift cards, season tickets to performances at the Cole and a brand new iPad.

“We often have people say they hear we’re doing a lot of good things at the college, but they aren’t exactly sure what good things the college can do for them,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “So as our spring semester is winding down and summer and fall semesters are on the horizon, we thought it would be a good opportunity to invite the community onto our main campus to show them exactly what all Richmond Community College has to offer. We pride ourselves in having courses available for anyone looking to improve their quality of life.”

RCC offers associate degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as general education courses that will transfer to any school in the North Carolina University System.

“A strengthened agreement between the state University and Community College systems has guaranteed that credit for courses taken at RCC will be accepted by other universities throughout the state,” said McInnis. “So many students are making the wise financial choice of beginning their college education at RCC, where tuition is much lower than at a four-year school.”

The college has partnerships with Richmond and Scotland County school districts to allow high school students to get a head start on college by taking free college classes through its Career and College Promise program. RCC’s Early Colleges allows high school students to begin working toward a college degree as early as ninth grade.

RCC also has several two-year degree programs that immediately result in high paying jobs, including careers in electricity, engineering and healthcare.

Richmond Community College partnered with Duke Energy to become the first college in the nation to offer an Electrical Utility Substation Relay and Technology program, which has seen nearly a 100 percent job placement rate upon graduation. The college’s Human Information Technology program, which was added in 2011 and prepares students for the new era of electronic health records and other health information management roles, also has a very high job placement rate for graduates.

“Although our programs have continuously grown and seen lots of success, we’re still not close to meeting the industry demand for skilled workers in certain areas,” said McInnis.

RCC keeps up with the training needs of industry through its Workforce and Economic Development division by customizing training programs and courses for local businesses and industry. The college is also active in acquiring state funding for local projects – having secured $125,000 in funds to provide training for 1,236 employees at 13 companies in 2014 in Richmond and Scotland counties.

“Our employees have made great things happen at RCC, and we’re excited about having an opportunity to show it all off at our Open House on April 21,” said McInnis.

Campus tours will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the front lobby of the Grimsley Building on RCC’s main campus located at 1042 W. Hamlet Ave. in Hamlet. The drawing for prizes will be held at the conclusion of campus tours at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event, call 910-410-1700.

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