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RichmondCC Open House to Celebrate Guarantee Qualifiers, Showcase College Programs and Services

Apr 17

Richmond Community College invites the public to attend an Open House on Thursday, April 27, that will be held in conjunction with its celebration of high school seniors who are on track to receive the RichmondCC Guarantee.

Every college program and service offered at RichmondCC will be on display during the Open House, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with instructors who will be showcasing their programs. Mechanical Engineering lead instructor Annie Smith, right, explains how her students design parts and then print them on a 3D printer, which she had on display during last year’s RichmondCC Open House. This year’s Open House is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium.

Anyone over the age of 16 who attends will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a new 55-inch Hi-Def flat screen TV, as well as other prizes provided by the College Bookstore and Cole Auditorium.

During the Open House, the College will also be celebrating the second wave of RichmondCC Guarantee prospects. High school seniors whose academic achievements may qualify them for free college tuition and fees at RichmondCC for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years have been invited to participate in a special ceremony, along with their families.

“We will be providing information to students and parents that will ensure they remain on track to receive the RichmondCC Guarantee,” said Kary Edmondson, Director of K-12 Partnerships for the College. “Because of these students’ hard work, they have earned the opportunity to receive two years of free college tuition and fees at RichmondCC, and we want to make sure their parents understand that by attending Richmond Community College in the fall, they will be looking at a savings of $4,800, depending on the program and courses a student enrolls in.”

Last fall, 74 students took advantage of the Guarantee and are wrapping up their first year of free college tuition and fees at RichmondCC.

The RichmondCC Guarantee provides two years of free college tuition and fees to Richmond and Scotland county students who take at least two dual enrollment courses through the Career and College Promise program and graduate from high school with an unweighted grade point average of 3.0 or above.

“The excitement over the RichmondCC Guarantee has helped spur more high school students to take advantage of the free college classes we offer through our dual enrollment program,” Dr. Dale McInnis, College president, said. “I encourage people to come out and learn more about the RichmondCC Guarantee and about all the college programs and services we offer right here in their backyard.

“RichmondCC is fast becoming a first-choice destination college as we continue to add more career programs, offer more online classes and find new ways to make college affordable,” McInnis added.

The RichmondCC Guarantee Celebration and Open House is free and open to the public. Financial aid staff members will be on hand to help parents and students complete the paperwork required and answer questions about the RichmondCC Guarantee. For more information about RichmondCC, call (910) 410-1700 or visit