About Robeson Community College
Robeson Community College is a tax-assisted, two-year public institution. Robeson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleages at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Robeson Community College North Carolina. Most programs offered by the College have been approved for the enrollment of eligible veterans. RCC is also accredited by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education, Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, and the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts and Redken Laboratories in New York, New York.
Robeson Community College is located at the intersection of US 301 and Interstate 95 in Lumberton making it one of the most visible institutions in the North Carolina Community College System.
Millions of tourists each year travel I-95, catching more than a glimpse of the attractive landscape that makes up the 127 acre campus. Campus facilities occupy more than 188,662 square feet in classrooms, offices, and laboratories.
Visitors to Robeson Community College are welcome. Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To arrange a guided tour of our campus, please contact the Admissions Office.
History of the College
The community college NC movement expanded into Robeson County with the establishment of an extension unit of a nearby technical institute in 1965. The unit was established at the Barker Ten-Mile Elementary School seven miles north of Lumberton. Twenty full-time curriculum students enrolled the first year.
When the College became independent of Fayetteville Technical Institute three years later, it was named Robeson Technical Institute, and a local Board of Trustees comprised of eight members was appointed. Two more name changes have taken place since that time to its present name of Robeson Community College. However, the College remains committed to serving all sectors of the county with vocational, technical, college transfer, and continuing education programs.
Three building phases beginning in 1972 and finishing in 1988 made the RCC Campus a 188,662 square-foot facility, which now houses over $2 million in equipment and 21 curriculum programs, along with a variety of continuing education programs. In the summer of 1995, the construction of the Emergency Services Training Center began. This center is located southeast of Lumberton Highway 72 at the Carolina Power and Light Weatherspoon Power Plant. Dedication for the facility was held on April 13, 1997. It supports the disciplines of law enforcement, rescue, and firefighting. It is a state-of-the-art facility which allows the College to expand its training opportunities and provide the highest level of quality in each of the courses taught in these occupations.
Robeson Community College’s 30th year was a monumental one. During 1995-96, the College celebrated its Diamond Anniversary and the many partnerships throughout the county and state which have contributed to its success. The College Transfer program replaced the General Education program in curriculum in 1997, opening up many more educational opportunities for RCC students who choose to further their education through one of the state’s universities.
In 2004, the College completed its Continuing Education facility at COMtech. This 18,000 square foot facility houses various continuing education programs including Adult High School, Adult Basic Education, Compensatory Education, occupational extension, and business and industry training courses.
In 2005, renovations were completed to Building 9 on the College’s main campus. State-of-the-art labs were completed to support the College’s Electrical/Electronics Program as well as upgrades to various parts of the building. A new bookstore was completed and is located in the renovated facility.
In the spring of 2006, a new state-of-the-art Health Science Building was completed. This 39,013 square foot facility houses the College’s Allied Health programs and medical programs operated through the College’s Continuing Education division. With the addition of this facility, this brings the College’s total facility square footage at its main campus to 227,665.
Commitment of RCC to its students and the citizenry of Robeson County was seen with the excellent reports of various auditing agencies in the state. There are currently 189 carefully selected full-time RCC employees who now serve RCC, which represents a figure of almost 30 times as many as when the College first opened its doors in 1965 with six full-time employees. Another 292 part-time personnel teach and provide services to the student body on an annual basis.
Statement of Mission
Robeson Community College NC is a comprehensive, open door two-year public community college with a mission to enhance the lifelong educational opportunities for adults appropriate to their needs, interests, and abilities. The college achieves its mission through a commitment to quality educational programs and student support services that permit individuals to pursue their educational goals in a student-centered environment. The college also seeks to strengthen its mission by providing multicultural, social, economic, and community/public service opportunities for the citizens of Robeson County and surrounding region.
Strategic Plan 2014-2019
It is the policy of Robeson Community College that an approved Strategic Plan be established by the Board of Trustees to guide the President and all employees in carrying out the mission of the College.
I. Robeson Community College will Focus on Student Success
A. Provide quality educational programs.
1. Develop new programs, update existing programs, terminate programs no longer needed.
2. Interact with business and community leaders to learn about current and future needs in program outcomes.
3. Facilitate professional development for current faculty and hiring of new faculty with qualifications best meeting the needs of the educational programs.
B. Provide quality services to students and clients.
1. Develop new services, update existing services, terminate services no longer needed.
2. Interact with students and clients to learn what services are needed.
3. Facilitate professional development for current employees and hiring of new staff with qualifications best meeting the needs of the service areas.
4. Focus on student engagement through a variety of activities.
5. Expand funding resources and information on such resources for student scholarships in curriculum and continuing education programs.
C. Seek new and expanded resources for materials, spaces, and personnel for provision of quality education and service programs.
1. Administration will work closely with the Board and Trustees and the Robeson Community College Foundation on resource development.
2. Network with government and private sources who can help with resource development.
3. Choose grant projects which best support the plans and programs of the college.
4. Continue growth of Alumni Association and other community partnerships to connect people with the college in positive ways.
II. The College will Improve the Learning and Working Environment
A. Plan for and implement technologies and equipment necessary for programs and services to remain current.
1. Plan infrastructures to support the newest technologies and equipment.
2. Provide professional development for faculty and staff to use new technologies and equipment effectively.
B. Provide a safe, secure, and healthy campus.
1. Continually update safety and security policies and procedures for employees, students, clients, and visitors.
2. Focus on wellness of employees and students.
3. Provide professional development on issues helpful to a safe, secure, and healthy working and learning environment.
4. Review, revise and renew agreements with external agencies for safety support in the community (such as during disaster events).
C. Administration will work with trustees to update and implement Facilities Master Plan.
D. Communicate frequently and clearly with employees, students, clients and visitors via a variety of communication tools.
E. Update policies, procedures, organizational structure, and position descriptions as needed to allow for effective and efficient work and service to the campus and community.
III. The College will Grow and Improve Services and Outreach Throughout the County
A. Develop an integrated and effective Marketing Plan.
1. Improve and expand uses of Website and Social Media as well as traditional marketing outlets.
2. Create an effective structure for collaborative marketing activities across the college.
3. Update the “brand” of the college.
4. Leverage special events, such as the college’s fiftieth anniversary, to create marketing and fund-raising opportunities.
B. Provide excellent Customer Service to both internal and external customers.
1. Improve handling of initial and response communications with students/clients and potential students/clients.
2. Provide professional development on customer service skills.
C. Provide support for development and promotion of off-campus, on-line, evening, and weekend courses.
D. Improve planning and support of special events for campus and community.
1. Nurture partnerships which can bring people to campus while being of mutual benefit to the college and the partner organizations.
2. Update lighting and other equipment in the auditorium.
3. Provide good equipment along with personnel support for special events in any building in order to make a good impression on campus and community participants.
IV. The College will Assess Outcomes of Programs and Services
A. Increase the scope of the Institutional Effectiveness Office.
1. IE and Enrollment Management Director will partner closely to facilitate data collection, analysis, and dissemination to help with assessment and improvement of programs and services.
2. Continue IE Office leadership in documentation of outcomes, especially learning outcomes, in the database set up for this purpose. Make these documents accessible to the campus community.
B. Administration will assess progress on this strategic plan and other college initiatives and keep the trustees and campus community informed.
1. Some items in the plan will be assigned to existing committees as appropriate. Special Task Teams will be formed for others.
2. The Executive Team will communicate with committees and Task Teams to monitor progress on the Strategic Plan.
3. The president will report semi-annually to the Board of Trustees on Strategic Plan progress.
RCC Board of Trustees
|George D. Regan, Chair||Shirley H. Stockton, Vice Chair|
|John Armstrong||Kyle Chavis|
|Sammy Cox||Audrey Hunt|
|Emma L. Locklear||Paul McDowell|
|George McPhaul||Linda Metzger|
|Sue C. Wester||Noah Woods|