HAMLET — At its September meeting, the Richmond Community College Board of Trustees received a dose of good news about the college’s associate degree in nursing program.
RCC’s class of 2014 had a 96 percent passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, a national exam given to allow an individual to receive a nursing license.
“This is definitely a positive step for our ADN program,” said Dr. Tony Clarke, RCC’s chief academic officer. “I’m proud of the hard work of our students, nursing faculty and student support staff that made this happen.”
The state and national averages for NCLEX passage will be available in December.
HEALTH CARE DEGREE
The board of trustees also received an update on the health information technology program from Susan Long, the program’s lead instructor, and Renea Craven, allied health department chairwoman.
“We are moving to have the program approximately 90 percent online by next spring,” Craven said. “It will help with the large number of students in the program who are working full time while trying to complete their degrees.”
According to Craven and Long, the degree can lead to a multitude of high-demand careers in health care.
“With an HIT degree, graduates can get jobs in doctors’ offices, insurance companies, government agencies and long-term care facilities,” Long said.
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be more than 20-percent growth in the health information field over the next six years,” said Craven. “These are jobs that can pay up to $18 to $20 per hour.”
FITNESS TRAIL DONATION
Thomas McDonald, president of the RCC Student Government Association and other SGA officers and delegates presented a $3,000 donation to the RCC Foundation to support the construction of the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.
“The college, Dr. McInnis and the Board of Trustees do such a wonderful job supporting the students here at RCC, we wanted to find a way to support their efforts to improve the campus,” McDonald said. “This fitness trail is a great addition to RCC, and we are thankful to be able to support it.”
RCC Executive Vice President Brent Barbee said that construction on the trail would begin within the next month.
“We have had an outpouring of support for the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail project,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis, “and we are very appreciative of the support of the SGA.
“We are still accepting donations toward this worthwhile community project.”
The board elected Claudia Robinette to a second term as chairwoman and Dean Nichols to a second term as vice chairman.
“I am humbled by this vote of confidence from my fellow board members,” said Robinette. “It is an honor to serve and be a part of the great things going on at Richmond Community College.”