Randolph Community College

RCC president to retire

RCC president to retire

Community Colleges President Thomas Stith and RCC President Shackleford talk to third-year Apprenticeship Randolph apprentice Abby Goss in the Gene Haas Computer-Integrated Machining Institute. (RCC) ASHEBORO — The president of Randolph Community College announced his retirement at the January meeting of the college's board of trustees Thursday. Reading from a letter, Dr. Bob Shackleford said it was time for him to spend more time with his family. His retirement is effective July 1, 2022. “These 15 years you have granted me the opportunity to serve as President of RCC have been the experience of a lifetime and far exceeds anything…
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First scholarship awarded honoring long-time deputy

First scholarship awarded honoring long-time deputy

Colonel Fred “Freddie” Wilson Rutledge, II created a legacy of service during his 38 years of law enforcement service. Following his death in July of 2020, Rutledge’s friends and family ensured that his legacy would extend to future generations with the founding of a scholarship fund in his memory.  Last week, the first Fred Rutledge scholarship at Randolph Community College was awarded to Cadet Justice McDaniel. He will be part of the 89th Basic Law Enforcement Training class at RCC.  Randolph County District Attorney Andy Gregson began promoting the scholarship fund, along with other friends and family of Rutledge, just…
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RCC honor society welcomes new members

RCC honor society welcomes new members

ASHEBORO — On Dec. 8 Randolph Community College hosted a virtual ceremony to induct new members to Beta Theta Rho, the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national higher education honor society. With 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, membership in PTK is by invitation only. Students must complete 12 hours of coursework toward an associate degree, 6 hours toward a one-year certificate, or 12 hours toward a bachelor's degree and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. The newly inducted students — identified by hometowns — are: Asheboro: Joshua…
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Apprenticeship Randolph honors first graduates, signs 14 more

Apprenticeship Randolph honors first graduates, signs 14 more

ASHEBORO — Apprenticeship Randolph, a local initiative from local businesses, Randolph Community College, Randolph County Schools and Asheboro City Schools, celebrated its inaugural class of graduates earlier this month. Apprenticeship Randolph began in June 2016 as a collaboration among Randolph Community College, the Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and local manufacturers. The goal was to bridge both the interest and skill gaps in modern manufacturing and provide a vehicle for expanding the workforce pool for advance manufacturing in the county. The program allows participants a debt-free education. The program is for high school…
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RCC cancels live graduation ceremony

RCC cancels live graduation ceremony

ASHEBORO — A planned in-person graduation ceremony at Randolph Community College scheduled for Aug. 27 has been cancelled. The event was intended to celebrate students who completed degree programs in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. The ceremony was optional for graduates. The school made the cancellation announcement Monday saying they based their decision on “new information.”
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RCC pays off student account balances

RCC pays off student account balances

ASHEBORO — Randolph Community College recently paid off outstanding student debt for approximately 200 students. The amount totaled nearly $113,000. Any student who was enrolled at the College between March 13, 2020 — the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — until the end of the Summer 2021 semester was eligible for the assistance. In addition to paying off outstanding student account balances, RCC has provided emergency financial assistance for food, housing, laptops, and internet access.  
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RCC pushes for more students as numbers lag

RCC pushes for more students as numbers lag

ASHEBORO — Enrollment at Randolph Community College isn’t likely to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels right away despite a school official pointing out unprecedented financial incentives for potential students. Chad Williams, vice president for student services at RCC, said a decline in high school students in dual enrollment has been the biggest reason for a dip. “Overall, we’re still seeing a decline in enrollment comparing to previous years prior to the pandemic,” Williams said. “I don’t know if we’ll get to numbers we’ve seen in previous fall semesters. … We’re reaching out to every student we can in every way…
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