The lead donation to the Richmond Community College Foundation for expansion of the John E. Forte building on the main campus will come from The Plastek Group of Erie, Penn., which has a plant in Hamlet. RCC President Dale McInnis told the board of trustees Tuesday night about his trip to Pennsylvania with a delegation from the college and Richmond County Board Chairman Kenneth Robinette, and meetings they had with Plastek’s chairman and management.
McInnis said the trip was very successful and opened the doors for a new engineering program at the college and a partnership with Penn State University-Behrend that would allow students to pursue degrees that would prepare them for more technical positions with the local Plastek plant in Hamlet.
The RCC president reported he and college staff have held successful meetings with both Richmond and Scotland county school leaders to strengthen partnerships and improve student success.
During the board meeting, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability Bill Council presented the timeline for completion of the report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and noted the on-site visit of the SACS committee is a year from now. The reaccreditation process includes a quality improvement plan that sets the direction of the college for the next five years.
In formal action, the board approved an internal audit report on Workforce and Economic Development classes and updates to the RCC Foundation Gifts and Grants Policy.