RichmondCC open house to double as celebration


HAMLET – Richmond Community College invites the public to attend an open house on Thursday that will be held in conjunction with its celebration of high school seniors who are on track to receive the RCC Guarantee.

Every college program and service offered at Richmond will be on display during the open house that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with instructors who will be showcasing their programs.

Anyone over the age of 16 who attends will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a new 55-inch Hi-Def flat screen TV, as well as other prizes provided by the College Bookstore and Cole Auditorium.

During the open house, the college will also be celebrating the first wave of RichmondCC Guarantee prospects. The Guarantee Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. High school seniors whose academic achievements may qualify them for free college tuition and fees at RCC for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years have been invited to participate in this special ceremony, along with their families.

“We will be providing information to students and parents that will ensure they remain on track to receive the RichmondCC Guarantee,” said Kary Edmondson, director of K-12 Partnerships for the College. “Because of these students’ hard work, they have earned the opportunity to receive two years of free college tuition and fees at RichmondCC, and we want to make sure their parents understand that by attending Richmond Community College in the fall, they will be looking at a savings of $4,800, depending on the program and courses a student enrolls in.”

The plan, rolled out last November, will provide two years of free college tuition and fees to Richmond and Scotland county students who take at least two dual enrollment courses through the Career and College Promise program and graduate from high school with an unweighted grade point average of 3.0 or above. This fall semester, the college will be admitting its first group of recipients.

“This is an exciting time for Richmond Community College as we roll out this plan that rewards high-achieving students who have taken advantage of our dual enrollment classes while in high school,” Dr. Dale McInnis, College president, said. “We also will be recognizing the many scholarship donors, or Guarantors, whose support is key in making the RichmondCC Guarantee possible.”

The RCC Guarantee Celebration and Open House is free and open to the public. Parents attending with students who are on track to receive the Guarantee are asked to bring their 2015 income tax returns so they can begin the process of filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Financial aid staff will be on hand to help people begin this process online.

For information about RCC, call 910-410-1700 or visit www.RICHMONDCC.edu.

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