This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local 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 their alum, like David Comerford.
After graduating from Washington and Lee High School, David Comerford wanted to further his education but wasn’t sure what he wanted to study. Preferring to stay in the area and save money led him to Rappahannock Community College.
“RCC is inexpensive and has a convenient location in Warsaw. It’s a good starting point for someone like me, who is not sure about what they want to do,” says Comerford. “I knew I wanted to get an Associate’s degree and then look into workforce programs to add onto the degree.”
While taking the required courses for his degree, Comerford encountered instructors who had a positive impact on him. From history to math, English to sociology, he says his professors wanted him, and his classmates, to succeed.
Comerford earned his Associate’s degree and returned to his job as a park ranger at Westmoreland State Park. But his relationship with RCC didn’t stop there. His dream was to drive big trucks so he enrolled in the Class A CDL program through RCC. He says, “The time I spent on the airfield getting my CDL with the experienced team of instructors was great. I now have my dream career driving a beautiful, big Western Star dump truck for Walker Sand and Stone in King George.”
“I feel the workforce programs are just as important as the traditional college courses. Get your degree so you have some college but then pursue a trade,” offers Comerford. “America needs more people working in trades.”
Rappahannock Community College is celebrating 50 years of breaking down barriers to education in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Associates degrees and CDL certification are just two of the 5 degrees, 6 certificates, and 26 career and workforce studies programs offered through RCC, in addition to nearly 40 guaranteed admissions agreements with colleges and universities across the state and region.