RCC prepares for new year, new programs

HAMLET — Richmond Community College’s academic year will begin Aug. 17 with the introduction of a new one-year program in Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology, as well as a new four-course certificate in Project Management. The new offerings add to RCC’s list of more than 60 other degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Fall registration is already underway for current RCC students. The first of two planned new student scheduling events will be held from 2:30-5:45 p.m. June 25, with a second event being held during the same hours on July 9.

Fall classes begin Aug. 17, with four-, eight-, 12-, 14- and 16-week sessions available. Late start dates include Sept. 15, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.

Certificate of Project Management

The Certificate of Project Management is a program offered completely online.

Project management is defined as the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals. As an example, there are constant changes in the healthcare industry involving record-keeping and reporting, and in occupations such as banking and retail, frequent changes in regulations often require planned changes in operation systems.

The four online courses are Introduction to Project Management and Principles of Management, which will be offered in the fall, and Project Management Issues and Project Management Leadership, which will be offered in the spring.

For information, contact Dr. Devon Hall at 910-410-1912 or via e-mail at dghall@richmondcc.edu.

Electrical Utility Transformer Test Specialist Diploma

The Electric Utility Transformer Test Specialist diploma is also catered to those already in the workforce, as all of the classes are being offered in the evening.

The program, which was created in response to the utility industry’s immediate demand for more technicians capable of working on transformers, can be completed in four semesters.

“Students can complete this program in one year and get a job in the utility industry providing installation, commissioning, maintenance and trouble-shooting for large power transformers and maintenance for electric utility substations,” said Amir Niczad, RCC’s engineering department chair, adding that the related two-year degree program, Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology, has a 100 percent job placement rate.

RCC is the only college in the country to offer such a two-year degree program and is also the only college in the country with a working substation on its campus.

Graduates who receive the Electric Utility Transformer Test Specialist diploma will also be considered one year into the Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology program, so they continue their studies or go to work.

To learn more about either program, visit www.richmondcc.edu or call 910-410-1700.