Robeson Community College Today May 31, 2015
Just a couple of weeks ago Robeson Community College held its spring curriculum graduation ceremony and pinning ceremonies for nursing, radiography, respiratory, and early childhood programs. 252 students received degrees and 393 received awards during these ceremonies.
Though this was the end of the journey at Robeson Community College for many of these students, many will move on to the next level of their education at a university.
The college experienced another ending and a beginning this past week. Thirteen seasoned law enforcement personnel graduated from Robeson Community College’s first Public Safety Management Program. This program was the brainchild of former Law Enforcement Director Wayne Coates. Coates and Law Enforcement Instructor Burnis Wilkins developed the curriculum last year and Wilkins and current Law Enforcement Director Mickey Biggs kept the momentum going after Coates retired. The 196 hour course is designed for Public Safety personnel to gain management skills so they can better serve their communities and to provide the participants with opportunities for advancement within their respective agencies.
The class began 9 months ago with 24 participants including several firefighting personnel. Due to work schedules some who began the class were unable to complete the series of trainings prior to last week’s graduation, however many of those participants who were unable to complete this summer will continue the training this fall.
Summer session began for approximately 500 curriculum students this past week and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the fall term. In effort to meet the continuously changing workforce needs in the county, Robeson Community College will be offering two new curriculum programs this fall following the successful addition of a Welding program last year.
New in the Business Technologies area this fall will be the addition of an associate degree in Accounting. The Culinary Arts program will also add an associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts to its program for the first time this fall.
Most folks know that the college offers continuing education courses in a variety of areas for skill enhancement or personal enrichment. The college also has curriculum courses that may be of interest to those who might not be seeking a degree, but rather just want the enrichment experience. Community colleges offer college credit courses in religion, art, music, physical education, psychology, and sociology, among others, at a fraction of the cost of four year and online colleges.
For example, a Sunday school teacher might want to take a religion class to enhance his or her knowledge of the Bible. A civil war buff or budding genealogist might want to take a history class. If you’ve been to a Book ‘em event and have been inspired to write a book of your own, you might want to take a writing class. If you or a loved one has a health condition, you might be interested in taking a biology or anatomy and physiology class to learn more about the human body. Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Art courses may be of interest to a wider audience for “Special Credit”. Retirees often speak with pride about taking a college course. It’s a great way to meet new people and keep the mind active for cognitive health. Taking a class is also a great social activity. Invite a friend and sign up for a class today!
To learn more about the programs and offerings at Robeson Community College visit our recently launched, redesigned webpage at robesoncc2.wpengine.com or phone the admissions department at 910-272-3342.