Budget provides pay raise at RCC

By: Reid Beaman - rbeaman@s24474.p831.sites.pressdns.com

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College’s board of trustees learned Monday that the state budget provides $17 million for the college.

“I feel very positive about the funding,” RCC President Kimberly Gold said. “It will serve the students and our needs as well.”

The trustees approved a $111 a month raise for full-time teaching staff, putting nine-month faculty at an increase of about $1,000 a year, and 10-, 11- and 12-month employees with larger increases. Part-time employees will receive a raise of 3 percent.

Gold and RCC’s administration, staff and faculty have focused on breaking down barriers to student success, especially for low-income and first-generation college students.

One of those programs is the Better Occupational Outcomes with Simulation Training Grant, which provides academic coaching and financial literacy for pre-health students.

“We made sure the students had credentials when they graduated,” said Vanessa Cogdell, director of the program.

The program served 326 students over eight semesters, with 17 graduates ready for the work force, Cogdell said.

Gold thanked Cogdell and Julie Baxley for their work with the BOOST Grant, which ends at the end of this month.

Gold said 73 percent of Robeson County high school graduates have expressed an interest in attending a post-secondary education.

“We have an opportunity to work with students in the high schools on getting a post-secondary education,” she said.

The trustees listened to plans for a updated school logo and tag-line to be unveiled later this fall.

Focus groups were held throughout the spring to develop the concept for the new logo, Gold said. The new logo would gradually be added to the banners and signage on campus.

The trustees were told that enrollment had increased since the beginning of fall semester, bringing the total number of enrolled students to 1,868, a 254-student increase from the first day of fall classes.

The trustees were reminded that Book ‘Em will be held on campus on Sept. 23. The annual event promotes literacy. Headliners for panel discussions are Jill McCorkle, a Lumberton native and best-selling author, and Fayetteville poet LeJuane Bowens, said Crystal Edmunds, who is coordinating the event.

Reid Beaman


Reid Beaman can be reached at 910-816-1989.

Reid Beaman can be reached at 910-816-1989.