Richmond County Schools Public Information Officer Ashley Simmons and Richmond Community College Director of Recruiting Jenipher Love recently sat down to discuss the purpose of Parent’s Night Out.
“When they get here, we’ll have exhibits about technical education and also 11 of our associate of applied science programs at RCC,” Love said. “It’s so that students and parents can choose what pathway the student wants to choose at the high school level.”
She said the exhibits and information shared will help students to become acquainted with what programs are available, so they can be working toward goals, and also so there is less of a transition between high school and college.
“We have general sessions for students and parents to attend, where we share with them information like graduation requirement, and we discuss making the transition from the public school to the community college,” she said. “We will also discuss dual enrollment, where students can get college credits while they’re still in high school.”
Simmons said the event gives RCS students and their parents a chance to view the options that are available to them.
“Our partnership with RCC is something we really value,” she said. “RCC supports us through early college and dual enrollment, where students get a chance to move on and get their associate’s degree.”
Students will also have a chance to become acquainted with the opportunities available at RCC through partnerships with University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Gardner-Webb.
Richmond County Schools offers students the option of taking classes at the community college while still in high school, so that one could receive a four-year high school diploma and a two-year associate degree in only five years.