What An Idea!
Trio of RACC students place second in local business competition with solar panel machine idea.
Community Colleges Launch Rapid Retraining Program for Pennsylvania's Displaced Workers
New program will train underemployed, unemployed Pennsylvanians, help place them into high-demand jobs.
Students Honored at Beacon Conference
Three RACC students attend Beacon Conference, and one takes home the top prize in the education category.
Two RACC students have been named to the All-PA Academic Team.
Christina Buehler and Patricia Sturz have been named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team
RACC Signs Agreement with Drexel University Online for Nursing Program Transfer
Graduates of Reading Area Community College's Registered Nursing program have a new option for a smooth transition to a baccalaureate degree program. RACC has signed an agreement with Drexel University Online that specifically details the route R.N. graduates can take toward earning their bachelor degree in Nursing. A representative from Drexel was recently on campus to talk with students about this new opportunity.
RACC's Technical Academy Expands to Include New Program
READING, PA – Reading Area Community College and its partners Berks Career and Technology Center and Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center announced today the expansion of the Technical Academy during a ceremony at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center.
RACC Students Receive All-PA Academic Team Honors, Earn Scholarships
READING, PA – March 18, 2013 - Reading Area Community College is pleased to announce that Elise Chesson and Christopher King have been named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, which is part of the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today.
RACC Students Earn Awards for Scholarly Works
READING, PA (Oct. 22, 2012) – Three students from Reading Area Community College recently received individual awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for their work on Voices of Legacy, the 2012 edition of RACC's scholarly journal, Legacy.
RACC Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Reading Area Community College celebrated its 40th anniversary as the Community's College on Wednesday, September 21 with a program and reception in the Schmidt Training and Technology Center. Approximately 300 people joined the celebration.
Dr. Robert Vaughn Appointed Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development/Community Education
Monday, June 06, 2011, READING, PA–– Reading Area Community College Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Dr. Robert Vaughn as Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development/Community Education effective June 6, 2011.
"We're all anxious to have Dr. Vaughn not only at RACC, but as a member of our community," said RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz. "The division he will be leading provides critical services for business and industry customers in terms of updating the training of their current workforce. His area also develops and delivers short-term, job training programs that have a successful track record of increasing participants' skills and moving them directly into the workforce.
"I am confident that he will help us expand these programs and assist us in developing new ones to meet changing community needs," Dr. Weitz added.
As the primary administrative officer for the non-credit division of the College, Dr. Vaughn will be responsible for coordinating and evaluating literacy and health care programs for the community offered in Schuylkill Hall, as well as short-term career training opportunities at the Gateway Career Training Center. He will also oversee business and industry training conducted in the Schmidt Training and Technology Center.
Dr. Vaughn joins the RACC administration after spending the previous 12 years as the Regional Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Northern Virginia Community College. In this position, he lead the planning, development and implementation of continuing education and customized credit and non-credit programs. Dr. Vaughn also directed the expansion of business, industry and community services to local companies in the region.
Before his time at Northern Virginia, Dr. Vaughn served as the Director of Adult and Continuing Education at Newport News Public Schools in Virginia. During his time there, he supervised the major areas of Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English Language Acquisition.
Additionally, Dr. Vaughn was Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. He also worked in financial aid at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
Dr. Vaughn earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Vanderbilt University and a Master's Degree in Human Resources Development, and Adult Education and Training from George Washington University. He completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Vaughn replaces John DeVere who retired in December after 23 years.
PBS NewsHour Special on Reading
RACC's Schmidt Training and Technology Center was highlighted in last night's PBS NewsHour through an interview with Bonnie Spayd. It is a very positive example of the good things that are happening in Reading to combat poverty and its related problems, and how the College is doing its part to help with educating and employing its residents. RACC's piece appears near the end.
RACC Student Receives Major Scholarship to Pursue Bachelor's Degree
Reading Area Community College student Twila J. Ramirez was recently awarded an undergraduate transfer renewable scholarship of $30,000 from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Ramirez earned an associate degree in pre-law/public administration in December and hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. While at RACC, Ramirez has served as president of the Student Government Association and is a member of the College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
A resident of Wyomissing and mother of four children, Ramirez plays an active role in the community. She sits on the Legislative Aide Committee for the City of Reading and works part-time in the City's Department of Community Development. Additionally, Ramirez is an ordained minister with Hope of the Nations Christian Center, director of the Callowhill Café in downtown Reading and is a licensed realtor.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded 60 scholarships out of a pool of 785 nominations across the nation to deserving community college students who wish to transfer to a four-year college to complete their bachelor's degrees. The renewable scholarship is intended to cover tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Student recipients must be nominated by a faculty representative and are judged on their academic achievement, critical-thinking ability, financial need and activities.
"Twila Ramirez personifies the ideals of the JKCF scholarship with her strong academic achievements as well as her extensive service to her college and her community," said Mary Lou Kline, RACC professor and Ramirez's nominator. "She is one of only 60 scholars nationwide to receive this vote of confidence as the result of a highly competitive application process. The exceptional promise that Ms. Ramirez demonstrates exemplifies the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation desire for young people to reach their full potential. We at RACC are very proud of her success."
Reading Area Community College Student Earns Statewide Accolades as New Century Scholar
Reading Area Community College student and Douglassville native, Marilyn Miller has been named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar as the top student from Pennsylvania's All-Academic Team. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Miller will be presented with a $2,000 scholarship and plaque from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation during the annual American Association of Community Colleges Convention in New Orleans in April. Miller will be accompanied by Dr. Donna Singleton, the College's Phi Theta Kappa advisor and coordinator of the Honors Program. Additionally, Miller will be listed in USA Today on April 11 along with the New Century Scholars from other participating states.
Prior to earning the New Century Scholar honor, Miller was named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, part of the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today. Students nominated to the All-PA Team are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. In recognition of this honor, Miller will receive a scholarship from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) that can be applied at any of the 14 universities within the system. The program requires that students apply to the university within one year, and the scholarship is renewable for two years toward a baccalaureate degree at that university.
Miller will graduate from RACC in May with an associate degree in liberal arts and plans to pursue a career in cinematography and film. She currently performs camera work for Berks and Pottstown community television stations.
Miller currently serves as the vice president of RACC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and as editor-in-chief for Legacy, the College's scholarly journal.
For more information, contact Dr. Donna Singleton at email@example.com or 610.372.4721, extension 5096.
- March 28, 2011 - BioNanophotonics: Using Light To Explore Biological Cells at the Nano Level
- February 28, 2011 - RACC Hosts Local High School Students with Disabilities for Transition Academy
- February 11, 2011 - RACC To Be Represented at U.S. Department of Education’s First Community College Regional Summit
- January 25, 2011 - RACC Introduces New Website to Help Visitors Make Informed Decisions
- November 2, 2010 - RACC Works with BCTC to Create The Technical Academy
- October 6, 2010 - Dual Admissions Agreement with Alvernia College
- September 14, 2010 - ADVANCE PA - Community College Advocacy Campaign Needs Your Help