RACC Board of Trustees Chair, Mr. Guido M. Pichini Celebrates First Complete Year on Commission on Presidential Scholars
READING, PA – Reading Area Community College Board of Trustees Chair, Mr. Guido M.
READING, PA – Reading Area Community College Board of Trustees Chair, Mr. Guido M. Pichini recently completed his first year as a President of the United States-appointed member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, an eminent group of distinguished citizens charged with selecting and honoring the nation’s top graduating high school seniors.
Established in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. A panel selects scholars who demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts and an outstanding commitment to public service. Pichini will join more than a dozen other commissioners who work in education, medicine, law, social services, business and other professions.
“It is a privilege to honor these students who have shown excellence in their academics as well as their artistic and technical endeavors,” says Mr. Pichini. “They serve as role models for all young people.”
During a decades-long career of public service and educational capacities, Mr. Pichini has served as council member in the Borough of Wyomissing Hills, and four terms as Mayor. As a member of the President’s Council at Alvernia University, and presently as a member of Alvernia University’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Pichini has served as a member of the Council of Trustees of Kutztown University (serving three terms as Chair). He served on the Board of Directors of the Kutztown University Foundation, and as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Reading Area Community College, on the Reading Area Community College Foundation Board, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the PA Commission for Community Colleges. Mr. Pichini served twelve years as a Governor of the PA State System of Higher Education, serving five terms as Chairman of the Board. In 2016, Mr. Pichini was honored by being named Chairman Emeritus of the PA State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. Guido served as a member of the executive committee and co-chair of the education committee of the PA Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Pichini also served as a commissioner on the PA Post-Secondary Education Commission.
Reading, PA - On June 18, 2020, RACC was presented with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RR
Reading, PA - On June 18, 2020, RACC was presented with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award by Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) at the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum.
In selecting programs for this recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2019 Annual Report of Current Status (RCS).These programs were required to: have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above and meet or exceed establish CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.
“Our Respiratory Care Program inspires graduates to reach their career goals. Our faculty and administrators have continually aspired to higher levels of achievement in both graduate and overall Program outcomes,“ says RACC President Dr. Susan D. Looney. “We extend a special thank you to our graduates, clinical affiliates, and faculty and staff for your hard work in achieving this goal. We achieved this award together.”
To learn more about RACC’s respiratory care Associate in Applied Science Degree program, visit racc.edu or call 610.372.4721
Afaf Maslah is the recipient of prestigious Roma E. Brown Memorial and Nellie M. Bering Scholarships
Afaf Maslah, a 2020 graduate in the Reading Area Community College Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is the recipient
Afaf Maslah, a 2020 graduate in the Reading Area Community College Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is the recipient of the Roma E. Brown Memorial and Nellie M. Bering Scholarship of $3,000 for undergraduate study. This prestigious scholarship is granted through the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS) and Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity (AMTF); and it is a highly competitive, sough-after award. Ms. Maslah was chosen to receive this award in recognition of her past exceptional academic and professional accomplishments.
“Afaf will truly be an asset to the medical laboratory science profession as she embarks on her career and also continues her education onto a bachelor’s degree,” says RACC Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director Alayne Fessler. “I am so pleased that this scholarship award, as well as the Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar award, has brought recognition to Afaf’s outstanding accomplishments. It is an honor to have her as an MLT Program graduate. She is an inspiration to me and to everyone she meets.”
RACC's Associate in Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technician Degree program prepares students for careers in hospitals, independent laboratories, physicians, clinics, public health agencies, pharmaceutical firms and research institutions. Students who successfully complete all program requirements are eligible to sit for a nationally-recognized certification examination. RACC medical laboratory technicians enjoy a career that is ever-changing and challenging with many opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Ordering your books for your summer classes.
Ordering your books for your summer classes.
If you have financial aid, you can now use it to order your textbooks on-line through the Barnes and Noble RACC Bookstore. Textbooks will be shipped to your home at no charge as the physical store is closed.
- Click on TEXTBOOKS
- Click on FIND TEXTBOOKS
- Choose SUMMER for the term
- Enter each course that you are registered for and it will indicate what books you need
- Add items to your cart and then proceed to checkout
- Create an account if you do not have one
- Choose financial aid in the payment step
To check to see how much financial aid you have for books, log into myRACC and click on Self-Service. Then click on My Bookstore to see available funds.
Barbara Lopez is originally from Paterson, New Jersey and moved to Berks County for her freshman year of high school. She was very interested in finance, so when she graduated from Reading High School in 2003, she was eager to learn more about personal finance in college. “I love helping others improve their financial health.”
The accessibility of RACC is what attracted Barbara most to the college. She needed a program that was suitable with her very busy schedule. “The fact that RACC’s campus was conveniently located and offered several classes online, I was able to juggle being a single mom, working full-time, and taking classes.”
Barbara graduated from RACC with an associate degree in accounting and then transferred to DeSales University. Recently, Barbara completed a dual degree earning a bachelor’s in finance and accounting. Plus, she finished the Certified Financial Planner Program and will be taking the exam later this year. Barbara credits RACC for giving her the foundational knowledge needed to continue her education. “Having the experience of taking so many classes online at RACC gave me the confidence to be able to complete my bachelor’s degree 100% online at DeSales.”
Barbara is very grateful for the guidance she received from her RACC faculty, especially Wendy Bonn and Dr. Maria Perez. Wendy’s support gave Barbara the extra help she needed both in and out of class. “She is one of the best instructors at RACC because of her dedication to make sure her students succeed.” Barbara personally knows Dr. Perez and spends time with her outside of RACC. She admires Dr. Perez’s work ethic and determination; and it resonated with Barbara while taking classes. “She is always encouraging me to work toward my goals and she was instrumental in my transfer to DeSales.”
Barbara currently works as the executive assistant to Berks County Commissioner Michael Rivera. She thanks her exceptional RACC experience for helping her in her current position. “RACC has helped me in understanding how important it is to build valuable relationships with others in the community and this has been essential in implementing initiatives that will benefit the residents of Berks County.”