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Inside RBC Magazine

The official magazine of Richard Bland College of William & Mary

RBC ON THE RISE

Message from: President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.

Viewed from any perspective, Richard Bland College is on the rise. This fall, RBC enrollment grew by more than twenty percent (20%), and based on growing interest, we are sanguine about projections for future enrollment. As a new model for higher education in Virginia, RBC offers flexible and personalized study options, work-based learning, and high-value credentials to high school, college and adult students throughout the Commonwealth. RBC’s affordable, one-size-fits one approach is different.

At RBC, we believe in the power of difference, and this second edition of Inside RBC Magazine features stories that highlight our rich diversity of pro- grams, partnerships and people. Whether you read the magazine from cover to cover, select stories of particular interest, or just flip through the pictures, I hope you will be inspired by what you find.

From the arrival of un- manned aircraft at the new DroneUp Flight Academy at RBC, to the increase of research and innovation grants that support student persistence, to the promotion of faculty profiles through our Study With Me campaign, Richard Bland College is on the rise.

48-HOUR ACCEPTANCE DECISION

Message from: President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.

Richard Bland College, one of the smallest, and largely untapped, institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth—com- posed of a diverse population of predominantly low-income students— offers a glimpse into what may lie ahead for higher education. Despite its small size and unique status as Virginia’s only junior college, Richard Bland College has proven to be an effective higher education innovator in the realm of talent pathways through bold initiatives like the new Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program that launched in the fall. Not only did the College establish an industry-aligned program, it established the first FAME chapter in Virginia, linking nine regional manufacturing companies with student apprentices who “earn and learn.” This is about internships, but so much more. Students benefit from the integration of the technical core, professional behaviors, and a manufacturing culture. The FAME program is just one example of RBC’s approach to higher education, demonstrating its capacity to be innovative in addressing 21st- century workforce needs by meaningfully linking work and school.

 

 

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Richard Bland College of William & Mary prepares students for transfer to highly-ranked colleges and universities. RBC has guaranteed transfer agreements with 35-plus institutions throughout Virginia that enables you to seamlessly transfer to earn your bachelors degree.
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