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RCC Hosts PSRC During Quarterly Meeting

Robeson Community College hosted the Public Schools of Robeson County during its quarterly meeting held on June 17. RCC President Melissa Singler delivered welcoming remarks, followed by Dr. Robert Locklear with the PSRC, who also welcomed everyone.

Topics discussed included the PSRC Early College expansion at Robeson Community College, the Longleaf Commitment Grant for 2021 high school graduates, updates on Career and College Promise classes as well as new programs that have been added for high school students under the CCP umbrella, apprenticeships available through RCC, and College and Career Readiness programs available.

“I know that these programs work,” President Singler told the audience. “These programs can be life changing, and I know that they can work for your students.”

For university transfer and career and technical education courses, it was decided that students would complete a 15-week semester.

“So what that means is that for these classes, they will start August 30 and end December 13, and we will spend additional time conducting enrichment workshops,” said Dr. LaRonda Lowery, Assistant Vice President of instructional Services at RCC.

Those enrichment workshops for students will include a technology session, time management skills, study skills, career exploration, soft skills training, virtual job shadowing, resume building, interview skills, completing college applications, and how to complete the FAFSA. These workshops will be held the first week of classes from August 23 – August 27 and the last week of the semester from December 14-December 17 and January 4-January 21.

For continuing education career and college promise classes, classes will begin on August 23. Those programs include nurse aide I, medical assisting, pharmacy technician, EKG, Law and Justice, Certified Production Technician, HVAC, and Firefighter Technology.

“There are over 300 jobs available in this county with manufacturers seeking teammates, they cannot fill,” Steven Hunt, Vice President of Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Institutional Services, told educators from the PSRC. “Our programs can help students earn a credential, get employed and get those jobs filled.”