Richmond Community College Seeks $1.8M from County

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Source: Your Daily Journal

Richmond Community CollegeHAMLET — Richmond Community College trustees approved its budget requests from Richmond and Scotland counties’ governments and learned details of an upcoming open house and anniversary gala during the board’s Tuesday meeting held at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.

RCC’s request for funding from Richmond County is in line with what the college has requested in the past, which helps offset operation costs. The request for funding from Scotland County is down this year due to last month’s decision by RCC’s board to no longer offer classes in the Purcell Building in Laurinburg.

Richmond Community College is seeking $1,869,233 from Richmond County and $281,407 from Scotland County, college officials said Monday.

OPEN HOUSE

Board members were given details about an open house scheduled for April 21 on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet where attendees will be registered to win prizes, including an iPad, season tickets to the 2015-16 DeWitt Performing Arts Series and items from the RCC Bookstore, as well as scholarships and vouchers for free classes at Richmond Community College.

“We often have people say they hear we’re doing a lot of good things at the college, but they aren’t exactly sure what good things the college can do for them,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “So as our spring semester is winding down and summer and fall semesters are on the horizon, we thought it would be a good opportunity to invite the community onto our main campus to show them exactly what all Richmond Community College has to offer. We pride ourselves in having courses available for anyone looking to improve their quality of life.”

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include guided tours of the facility, as well as information about all RCC has to offer.

ANNIVERSARY GALA

Another upcoming event board members received details about was RCC’s Anniversary Gala, which will be held April 25 at the Cole Auditorium.

Entertainment will be provided by The Boomers, a band whose performances have ranged from the ‘97 presidential inaugural ball to the 2012 NFL owners’ meeting with hundreds of wedding receptions in between. The Boomers members have been featured on national television shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Regis and Kathy Lee” and “The Rosie O’ Donnell Show,” and they were part of the ‘97 Academy of Country Music Awards house band.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are tax-deductible and begin at $1,000, which includes two tickets to the event, as well as recognition on all marketing materials. Individual tickets are being sold for $50. Proceeds from the Anniversary Gala go to RCC’s Working Scholarship, which benefits working students who don’t qualify for federal aid.

“The scholarship was created to help students who, in essence, were being punished for working because they were making too much money to qualify for federal financial aid,” McInnis said. “But they couldn’t quit working because they were having to support a family while trying to get an education.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the RCC Foundation office at 910-410-1807 or bowebb@richmondcc.edu.

DIALYSIS TECHNOLOGY

In other business, board members were given an update on one of RCC’s newest programs, dialysis technology, which began in fall 2014.

Lead instructor Robyn Davis informed the board that the first year of the program has been successful and is expected to see growth in its second year.

RCC partnered with DaVita Dialysis Center to implement the program, with students rotating through sites in Rockingham, Hamlet, Southern Pines and Pinehurst two days per week for an average of 16-24 hours of clinical time.

“Each student has a preceptor at each clinical site and performs all the duties of the dialysis technician under his or her preceptor, with the exception of cannulation,” said Davis.

During the 2015-16 school year, partnerships will be added with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Rockingham and Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, as well as DaVita sites in Red Springs and McColl, South Carolina, being added as clinical options.

“We hope to add more clinical sites to our program over the coming years and to increase enrollment each year,” said Davis.

Plans are to double the program’s enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year.

RCC’s dialysis program is a one-year degree program. Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to sit for a certification exam. Starting pay for dialysis technicians in Richmond County is about $12 per hour, with the national average for pay being more than $33,000 per year.

Richmond Community College is the only institution in the region to offer a dialysis technology program. There are currently 182 job openings for technicians in North Carolina and 106 positions in South Carolina, including 12 jobs listed within RCC’s immediate service area.

Primary employers in the Richmond and Scotland county areas are DaVita and Fresenius, both of which offer excellent benefits packages with insurance for employees, according to RCC.

For more information about the college’s dialysis technology program, call 910-410-1906.