22May

RCC Receives AmeriCorps VISTA Grant

Rockingham Community College Receives AmeriCorps VISTA Grant

Rockingham Community College has received an AmeriCorps VISTA Grant to support efforts to address improvements in the areas of economic opportunity and education within rural Rockingham County.

The RCC VISTA project will capitalize off of existing educational resources (continuing education and curriculum education), to improve/increase the education and employment of Rockingham County low income and disadvantaged students/residents.

In addition to improving economic opportunity for Rockingham County students, the initiative will recruit community members and interested individuals to serve as AmeriCorps VISTA members.  Members will work with host educational institutions and other stakeholders to address improving educational outcomes for low-income and economically disadvantaged students located in designated poverty areas of Rockingham County. Also included within the project is a focus on financial literacy and its impact for realizing positive outcomes and personal economic growth.

“Rockingham Community College is the first North Carolina community college to receive the AmeriCorps VISTA grant,” said RCC President Dr. Mark Kinlaw. “The RCC VISTA project is another way that our faculty and staff are able to engage with the community and assist with improving the quality of life in our county.”

AmeriCorps VISTA, provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. There are currently over 5,000 VISTA members serving in 1,200 VISTA programs nationwide.

May 22, 2017