Feature Stories

It's not just what happens on campus and in the classroom that makes RACC a special place for so many people. This section takes a look at students' accomplishments and community involvement as well as profiling endeavors of faculty and staff. Continue on below to read about the amazing people who call RACC home.

You can share your story or nominate someone else for a feature by emailing raccsm@racc.edu.

RACC Students

Thomas Mease explored the possibilities afforded to those through the Tech Academy and Early Admission.

Kristen Schueller is using credits she earned through Early Admissions to earn two degrees in the health care field.

Carlos Hernandez is well-known on RACC's campus for all he contributed to the Student Activities Office.

Tara Anspach made a fresh start at RACC and looks forward to helping others like herself.

Ryan Hoffman used Dual Enrollment and online courses to earn a RACC degree before he graduated high school.

RACC's Rubiel Vargas recently enjoyed a trip to Africa. See how that opportunity came about.

Jim Scheuren spent time at the North Pole during his days in the Navy. Now he's at RACC for a bachelor's degree in mechatronics.

Chantell Nichols is back to finish the degree she started 10 years ago.

Missionary work brought Ada Stoltzfus back to school for her GED and set her on the path to a career in nursing.

The President's Scholarship and courses at the Berks County Career & Technology Center set Dustin Mauger on his path to a degree at RACC.

Quinn Garber is close to completing his Medical Laboratory Technician degree, a new career field he discovered after losing his job at a chemical factory.

Alan Stoudt and Nate Brandt are training at the STTC for a career in manufacturing.

RACC Alumni

Even amid personal setbacks, Brad Schweitzer was able to overcome his challenges and flourish in the Psychology field.

Encouragement from a writing instructor helped Robyn Philactos to solidify her passion for journalism.

Chris Moyer never gave up, even while juggling work, school and raising two young children.

A missionary trip to another country helped foster Colin Stone's passion for leadership and service.

A job-shadowing opportunity inspired Chelsea Brubaker to pursue a career in Respiratory Therapy.

Matt Walsh has high aspirations for a Communications career that he started at RACC.

Abigail Camilo is now the lead news anchor and producer at a Univision station in Washington state.

After losing his job, Dave Babczak came to RACC and now has a new career in Information Technology.

Florentina Laichici, a native of Romania, discovered psychology and anthropology at RACC that have guided her to a successful career.

RACC helped Alicia Kline go from single mom to a Master's graduate and successful woman.

As a nurse, Erica Hamilton goes where help is needed — New York after 9/11 and Haiti after the earthquake.

Ruth Muchimba had a moment in time influence her decision to pursue a career in nursing.

Even though Matt Cambria was still working toward his degree, he encouraged his employer to hire him full-time right away.

Jessica Walsh used RACC’s Early Admissions program to accelerate her bachelor’s degree at Penn State.

Faculty and Staff

Nursing professor Patricia Schmehl has written a book about concept mapping for nursing students.

Former RACC instructor Dr. John Morgan authors book inspired by students.

Adjunct instructor Phil Coles can tell you all you need to know about mushrooms.

Ben Rosenberger dreams that one day the RACC Run will lead to an endowed scholarship at RACC.

Dr. Amelia Capotosta spent the last few weeks of summer working at a clinic in South Sudan.

Sue Gelsinger, RACC's Student Activities Coordinator, was once herself a student walking the same halls.

In the Community

RACC Business students recently traveled to the New York Stock Exchange.

The RACC Readers returned this spring, planting flowers and reading to children at the College's Education Laboratory Center.

RACC employee and alum Kim Rivera is working to bring Girls on the Run, a program that will teach young girls about self-esteem through running, to Berks County.