Fall semester is officially underway for Richmond Community College (RCC) as new and returning students began classes Monday, Aug. 18, at the main campus in Hamlet and at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.
According to Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president, enrollment numbers should be on par with last year.
“We had a great first day,” said McInnis. “The RCC faculty and staff worked very hard over the summer to make sure our first day went as smoothly as it could for our students.
“Our enrollment is strong once again and we expect it to grow as we move into our 12-week classes.”
The college is offering a “late start” session for anyone who missed the first day of classes but would like to enroll this fall semester. A session of 12-week courses will begin Sept. 16. Registration for these classes will be held now through Sept. 15.
Parking places filled up quickly Monday morning, so it was not a good day to be late for class. The college held multiple registration sessions for fall semester and extended registration hours to make it easier for people to get on campus and sign up for classes.
Along with its traditional classes, RCC is offering two new programs this fall, Dialysis Technology and Mechatronics Technology, and has expanded its transfer opportunities thanks to a strengthened agreement between the North Carolina University and N.C. Community College systems.
Billy Moss of Rockingham is taking advantage of one of RCC’s newer offerings, Healthcare Business Informatics.
“I chose to come to RCC and enter the program in hopes of getting a good, high-paying job in a thriving industry,” Moss said.
Two nursing students from Laurinburg, Amy Andrews and Tammy McCarter, praised RCC’s nursing program for its high pass rate on the NCLEX, the state certification examine that all nursing graduates must pass before entering the workforce.
“RCC has a great reputation for graduating nurses who are well prepared and ready to do hands-on work,” Andrews said. “Because RCC’s nursing graduates are so prepared, there is less of a learning curve when they make the transition from school to work.”
Returning student, Cassidy Odom of Hamlet, was excited to be back on campus and spoke highly of the learning environment at RCC.
“The classes are great, the people are great and the teachers are wonderful,” Odom said. “I just love it here.”
To sign up for 12-week classes, call Student Services at (910) 410-1730 or visit the main campus in Hamlet.