RCC’s second chance program wins award

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) recently announced Rappahannock Community College’s (RCC) Second Chance Pell Experimental Site program as a winner of an Excellence in Education Award.

According to the VCCS’s website, “The awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate and share ideas and innovations that contribute to improving student outcomes and reaching strategic goals across the VCCS. The theme for the 2020 awards is Imagine the Possibilities.”

At the time of the award, RCC’s Second Chance Pell Experimental Site program was just one of two in Virginia, and 63 nationally, reported Michele Inderrieden, Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning program coordinator.

Capitalizing on the success of these colleges, the Second Chance Pell Grant program has since invited 67 additional colleges to participate, including two Virginia community colleges. Programs like this collaboration between RCC and Haynesville Correctional Center (HCC) are vital because they provide access to an underserved…

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