HAMLET — Richmond Community College’s first instructor of online General Educational Development classes has retired.
Dianne Brigman served for nine years as an instructor for the program.
The program, which started with a dozen students, now averages 130 students enrolled per semester. The online GED program caters to students whose work or family responsibilities make it difficult for them to attend regular classes.
“It has been such a pleasure to touch people’s lives who could not come to traditional classes and to offer them another way to reach their educational goals,” Brigman said. “By getting their GED, they’re trying to better their lives, and I feel like I have played a part in the lives of the 300 people who have come through the program since I’ve been with RCC.
“It is so amazing how much it makes you feel like you’ve made a difference and that’s what I’m about.”
Dale McInnis, president of the college, and Steve Smith, vice president of Workforce and Economic Development, presented Brigman with a framed certificate of retirement and applauded her for the work she has done to grow the online GED program.
Brigman and her husband Ronald live in Hamlet. They have a son, Ronnie, and two grandchildren, Noah and Kelsie.
Brigman said she plans to enjoy her retirement by spending time with her family and traveling. However, she does plan to return to RCC next August to do part-time work.