The River Counties Community Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education have awarded grants to support the College’s community-based efforts to increase college enrollment among area high school students.
Along with the Verlander Foundation, the generous commitment of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and the River Counties Community Foundation provides students in eight area high schools with access to career and college coaching. Rappahannock Community College career coaches work on-site with school guidance counselors in Gloucester, Mathews, Essex, Rappahannock, Washington & Lee, Middlesex, Northumberland and Lancaster high schools. Students receive support in developing academic and career plans; navigating the college application process; seeking scholarship and financial aid; campus tours; and more. Should students choose RCC as their post-secondary school, the career coaches continue their mentoring relationships supporting students through the transition to college.
“Career coaches at the high school are instrumental in preparing and facilitating students’ transition to college,” according to Dr. Miles McCrimmon, dean of dual enrollment and Community Outreach. “Partnering with parents and school staff, the career coaches help students take the steps necessary to achieve their college and career goals.”
Dr. Shannon Kennedy, president of Rappahannock Community College notes, “We are grateful for the continued partnership of these key foundations; together we will strengthen and enhance the educational opportunities for all young people in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.”
River Counties Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, enhances the quality of life in Lancaster, Middlesex and Northumberland counties. The Community Foundation’s mission is to cultivate philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter, providing superior stewardship for our donors and creating a better quality of life... forever.