Sarah Haynie

Sarah Haynie

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the Northern Neck’s economy—healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go through your day without being served by an RCC alum is some way. RCC’s Faces of 50 spotlights alum, like Sarah Haynie. 

Sarah Haynie has always been driven and independent. She graduated from Northumberland High School at the age of 16 with dual enrollment college credits already under her belt and was eager to enroll in a four-year institution.  

Haynie admits that she didn’t want to go to Rappahannock Community College. Her mom, however, had researched RCC and knew it would be a smart start to her daughter’s college years. She encouraged her to complete a two-year degree close to home. 

Once Haynie visited campus and spoke with several RCC professors, she realized the bias she held about her local community college was completely unfounded. She says, “I realized, why not live at home, gain experience, work and save money all while still getting that amazing education?”

Working long shifts at a day care, playing club softball, and meeting new people, Haynie says attending RCC was “just like a regular college experience except you get to go home to your parents’ house and eat their food!” She still has fond memories of taking breaks from the seriousness of college courses to shoot pool in the student lounge with friends. 

Haynie says she received excellent guidance, support, and inspiration from RCC professors.

Namely, her advisor and dual enrollment math instructor Bob Parker, who guided her through RCC and wrote her a letter of recommendation to The College of William and Mary. Before taking one of Dr. Lisa Hill’s psychology classes, Haynie planned to pursue a career in education.

“Dr. Hill is one of the reasons why I chose to be a psychology major,” she adds.

Parker and Hill were very encouraging and passionate about their jobs and their students, observed Haynie.

After just three semesters, Haynie graduated from RCC and went on to earn a bachelor’s from William and Mary. She is now working on a master’s degree in clinical mental health from William and Mary while interning at the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board as an intensive care coordinator for youth and family services. Upon completion of her master’s, Haynie hopes to work as a juvenile justice counselor.

Rappahannock Community College is celebrating 50 years of breaking down barriers to education in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. RCC’s dual enrollment program allows students to simultaneously take college courses while still in high school. This is just one of the pathways to higher education offered through RCC. For more information visit www.rappahannock.edu.

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