J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, located in Richmond, Virginia, is a multi-campus community college established in 1972. It is the third largest college in the Virginia Community College System and is named after the Lieutenant Governor of the State who supported higher education and the legislation that was required to form community colleges in Virginia.
Students can enroll in the three major campuses or the five off-campus sites, and online distance learning courses are available to students who want to get an education on their own time and on their own terms. Students can opt to earn a certificate in a field by participating in programs that take less than a year to complete, or earn two-year degrees designed for entry-level job positions or degrees that transfer to a four-year college or university.
Over 60 degree programs are offered that run the gamut from Accounting and Business Administration to Culinary Arts and Floral Design since the school strives to meet the needs of the community. Their Schools of Nursing and Education offer a wide range of degree options, as well as broad selection of Business and Engineering majors. They offer a long list of General Education options for those just looking to pick up a few classes to complete basic requirements before stepping into a chosen field, as well as Computer Competency courses designed to help students gain a better understanding of technology and how it functions in the workplace.
Many non-credit courses are available, including Office 2007, Web Development, Contractor Licensing, Dental Radiation, Project Management, Writing and Communication, and World Language.
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The college helps people who have lost their job get the education and skills they need to successfully take on a new career. The On-Ramp Program provides funds to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies for unemployed and underemployed students. The main goal of the program is to increase the number of adults with post-secondary education degrees and certification and get them back to work.The program is also open to some small business owners whose businesses have failed, or individuals who are out of the workforce for family care reasons.
Likewise, the Program for Adults in Vocational Education (P.A.V.E.) is a two-year vocational training program that works with students that have intellectual, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. The program allows students with these disabilities to get certification within the college’s Food Service (Servsafe) and Healthcare (nursing assistant certification) programs.
The Academic Support Centers are where faculty and peer tutors give one-on-one and small group tutorial conferences for students free of charge. Some of the classes that are eligible for tutoring services include psychology, computer science, economics, accounting, calculus, algebra, oral communication, and English as a second language.
Admission is open to anyone with a High School diploma, a GED, or even a certificate of completion of home schooling. All first-time students and students returning after a 3-year absence will need to start the application process by completing the online application either via the Internet or by printing it out and faxing or mailing the completed forms to the college. Alternatively, completed applications can also be turned in to the admissions office at one of the campus Success Centers. Applicants seeking financial aid are advised to complete the FAFSA form, and will be required to submit Social Security numbers on their aid application.
The college offers transient students—students who are enrolling in order to satisfy program requirements at their home college or university—the ability to apply in much the same way, with the addition of completion of a transient student approval form. This will need to be completed for each semester of enrollment that is desired. Depending on the certification of readiness by the home institution, the school may be able to waive certain placement tests, college transcripts, and prerequisites.
As with all other colleges, completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for any aid packages is required. The college offers many aid options that students may qualify for, including federal loans and grants, children of law enforcement officers grant, federal work study programs, senior citizen aid programs, and vocational rehabilitation aid programs.
The school has a program called SOAR, which is a new student orientation program that allows new students to meet with faculty and staff, learn about the campus policies and procedures, tour the various campus locations and, most importantly, receive academic advising and register for classes. Group advising sessions are also available. They are short sessions where new students can receive academic advising by a staff member at any campus
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High-tech computer labs are available for students who need somewhere to go to work on homework and lessons, and many community outreach partnerships are available to help students and faculty get involved in the community and take what they are learning in the classroom out into the real world. Additionally, the college has a career-coaching program that helps high school students make a successful transition into the workforce and into post high school education programs. This goes hand in hand with the college’s running start program that allows high school students to gain college credit while taking dual classes at the college. This valuable program reduces the time students will have to spend in college and lets them advance their education by taking courses that are often more difficult that what they would receive at the high school level.
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