HAMLET – Fall semester is officially underway for Richmond Community College as new and returning students began classes Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the main campus in Hamlet and at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.
Parking places filled up quickly Wednesday morning, so it was not a good day to be late for class. The college held multiple registration sessions for fall semester and extended registration hours to make it easier for people to get on campus and sign up for classes.
Dr. Dale McInnis, RichmondCC president, was greeting students on main campus as they arrived for morning classes.
“We had a great first day,” McInnis said. “Our faculty and staff worked very hard over the summer to make sure our first day went as smoothly as it could for our students. We have 10 new instructors this semester, including a music instructor. We are also excited to be rolling out a new program, an Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, which is a fully transferable program.”
The college is offering later starting sessions for anyone who missed the first day of classes but would like to enroll this fall semester. A session of 14-week classes will begin Sept. 5, and a 12-week session of classes will begin Sept. 14. Registration for these classes is ongoing.
Along with traditional classes, RichmondCC has expanded its online offerings. Students can now complete several degree programs 100 percent online, including Business Administration, Law Enforcement, Courts & Correction, Accounting Specialist and Nonprofit Manager. RichmondCC’s Associate in Arts transfer degree is also now offered completely online, so students can easily complete their first two years of college at RichmondCC from anywhere they have access to a computer and the Internet.
“This is also the first semester students can enroll in the UNCP-Elementary Education Transfer program that will allow us to grow our own K-6 teachers,” McInnis said. “This is a great opportunity for students to earn their teaching degree affordably right here in their hometown.”
Besides transfer programs, the College continues to grow its healthcare, engineering and technical programs that will give students the credentials for jobs locally and regionally.
“Our nursing graduates quickly find jobs, and graduates of our substation program are finding they have multiple jobs to choose from upon graduation,” McInnis said. “We have many companies contacting us about our students in the Industrial Maintenance and Welding programs. They need people to fill jobs, and we can provide people with the training and education to get those jobs.”
There’s still time to get enrolled in classes this fall. Call Student Services at (910) 410-1730 or visit the main campus in Hamlet or the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg. For more information about RichmondCC, visit www.richmondcc.edu.