Dear Friends of RACC,
Recently RACC was able to make the case about our special value in two very different public settings. At an August 21st hearing of the Pennsylvania House Policy Committee co-chaired by Representatives David Maloney and David Reed on “Assessing the Challenges Facing Pennsylvania Job Creators” I was asked to comment on workforce issues and the role that our College can play in ensuring that our region has a supply of appropriately educated workers. That same day I was an education panelist on the television forum “Poverty to Prosperity” organized by WFMZ and The Reading Eagle taped in our Miller Center for the Arts. In both venues, legislators, and especially our public citizens, repeatedly hailed RACC as an invaluable resource offering solid solutions to problems so many in our community face–– the need for more education.
It is heartening in these challenging times to hear from so many in our community that our College is trusted to offer practical pathways for educational attainment–– for those who want to acquire job skills, perhaps for the first time, for others who need to keep pace with employer upgrades by enhancing their level of competency, as well as for learners who view RACC as the first step on their personal ladder to a professional career. We offer a range of opportunities, from preparation in basic reading and language skills, to an honors program that combines rigorous academic requirements with opportunities to work closely with talented faculty on special projects to highly sophisticated training in advanced manufacturing. RACC’s focus is squarely on learning and student success.
At RACC we are committed to keeping our programs in tune with community needs for on-target job training and as a cost-effective way to gain a solid and well-accepted foundation for more advanced education at other institutions. This is an exciting time at our College as the community’s need for a strong RACC has never been greater. I look forward to providing more updates as RACC continues to demonstrate every day we are, indeed, The Community’s College.
Dr. Anna Weitz