RCC truck driving program seeks students

LAURINBURG — At its October meeting, the Richmond Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees received updates from College faculty on the progress of the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail and Workforce and Economic Development programming.

WED Updates

Robbie Taylor, RCC’s vice president for Workforce and Economic Development, updated the board on programming in his area.

“We have a number of new programs that we are rolling out in the next few months,” said Taylor. “We are very excited about a new partnership with FerroFab to offer an evening welding class at their facility in Hamlet.”

RCC_50th_logo_horizontalRCC held an information session for students interested in truck driver training at the college.

“We had a very good turn out at the meeting with potential students and businesses interested in sponsoring students for truck driver training,” said Taylor. “Some are having trouble securing the funding for the program, so we are pushing back the start to allow more time to fill the class.

Taylor said the class has six students committed but needs six more to make the class feasible.

“Truck drivers are in high demand,” Taylor said. “Nationwide, there is a shortage of about 300,000 qualified candidates to fill positions. Our program is eligible for veterans benefits and there is still time if anyone is interested in signing up.”

Fitness trail

Work has begun on the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet. Clearing of the two-thirds mile trail should be completed by the end of October, weather permitting, according to RCC’s Executive Vice President Brent Barbee.

“Crews from Hudson Paving and Veach Tree Service began work on Monday clearing debris and trees from the trail,” said Barbee. “Once they clear the land, work will begin to grade before gravel can be laid.”

Richmond Community College photo

Richmond Community College photo

Benches and the 10 fitness stations that will allow users to do crunches, pull ups and other exercises. have been ordered, but will not be installed until the heavy equipment is moved off site.

The 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.

“We wanted to provide a resource to our campus community as well as the general public that would encourage physical activity and overall health,” said Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president.

The Kindley family made a financial contribution to the trail, and they hope others will also support the establishment of the walking trail.

“We are looking for friends and supporters to help make this project a possibility,” said McInnis. “We have a lead gift from the (G.R.) Kindley family and in-kind donations from Vulcan Materials and Veach Tree Service, but there are still opportunities for folks to donate to this community project.”

The project needs approximately $7,000 to meet its goal, according to figures presented by Barbee at the Tuesday meting.

To make a donation to the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail, contact RCC Foundation Executive Director Olivia Webb at bowebb@richmondcc.edu or 910-410-1807.

November meeting

In other action, the board voted to change the date of its November meeting to Nov. 11 from Nov. 4 to avoid a conflict with elections.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Hugh A. Lee Board Room on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet.


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