Enrollment up 16 percent at RCC for summer

LUMBERTON — Summer enrollment has increased more than 16 percent at Robeson Community College over the same time last year, the board of trustees learned Monday.

Enrollment was 674 in the first eight-week session compared with 587 students in 2017, according to Bill Mauney, RCC’s vice president for Instruction and Support Services. A profile of summer students showed that 70 percent are female and 96 percent are part-time students.

Forty-five percent of RCC’s summer students are American Indian, 22.4 percent are white and 16.8 percent are black. Fifty-four percent are in the 18- to 25-year age range. The largest areas of study this summer are in the associate of Arts and Nursing programs.

The campus remained active in early summer with 150 youngsters attending seven summer camps. An additional 40 high school students attended RCC’s first Engineering Camp, which was a partnership with N.C. State University and the Public Schools of Robeson County.

With the start of the new academic and fiscal year on July 1, the board unanimously voted to retain Sammy Cox Jr. as chair and Shirley Stockton as vice chair. Committees for finance and building and grounds and the executive committee were left unchanged.

Audrey Hunt was sworn into a four-year term on the board of trustees after being reappointed by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners. Retiring board member George McPhaul was given a framed resolution honoring his service.

Morgan Hunt Jones was name board liaison to the Foundation Board.

In other business, the Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Eddie Moore said the committee selected an option for construction of the classroom building and burn tower for the Emergency Services Training program.

Funded by $7.3 million of state bond funds, a classroom building will be constructed on campus with space for both EMS and law enforcement classrooms. The burn tower will be constructed at the Emergency Services Training Grounds off campus.

A project to repaint three classroom buildings and the auditorium and to plant flowers at campus entries was completed. In other construction activity, a pedestrian walkway was established between campus and Bojangles restaurant and a retention pond was stabilized with the help of the city of Lumberton.

Renovation work will continue this summer with upgrades to campus bathrooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The college will roll over $210,000 into the new fiscal year for the project.

In President Kim Gold’s report, she noted that the new college logo and tagline are now incorporated onto RCC billboard advertising and street banners. Gold distributed copies of RCC’s annual Career Focus magazine, which is mailed to all county addresses.

The radiography program has been reaccredited for eight years, Gold said.

Summer graduations will be on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium.The board of trustees will hold its fall retreat on Oct. 2 at a site to be determined.

Sammy Cox Jr. was reelected chairman of the Robeson Community College Board of Trustees Monday. Shirley Stockton, right, was reelected vice chair. Cox Jr. was reelected chairman of the Robeson Community College Board of Trustees Monday. Shirley Stockton, right, was reelected vice chair.

Scott Bigelow

Staff writer

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