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Rockland Receives Top Diversity Honor

Rockland Community College has been selected as a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This national honor recognizes US colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. RCC will be featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the first time RCC has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

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Join RCC to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hudson Valley News & Events – Rockland Community College is celebrating the history and culture of the Latino community. Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 – October 15. The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee is proud to provide the RCC community with an array of in-person and virtual activities for the month.

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RCC Visual and Performing Arts Students Receive Lightsaber SAFD Credentials

Each semester, the RCC Visual and Performing Arts Department holds Skills Proficiency Tests (SPT) for students enrolled in the Theatrical Stage Combat courses. Last month, the school held its first SPT in Lightsaber. Christopher Plummer, Director of RCC’s Cultural Arts Theatre is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and held the certification tests along with Patricia Maloney-Titland, Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. “The SPT certification test is a rigorous demonstration and examination of their new skill sets and each student challenged themselves in new and wonderful ways.” Plummer says. “While the students studied martial techniques associated with longsword, the focus of the course was Lightsaber and it was a huge success!”

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Free Nutrition and Cooking Classes Offered

series of classes on how to purchase and prepare delicious and nutritious food will be held at the RCC Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center in Nyack this fall. The food and the classes are free and open to individuals who are food insecure and having difficulty feeding themselves or their families. Classes will be held on Mondays from 9 am to noon from September 20 through November 15. There will not be a class on October 11, Columbus Day.

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RCC, St. Thomas Aquinas say learn here, live there in expansion of partnership program

Westchester & Fairfield Business Journals – Through an expansion to the STAC Tracks program announced Aug. 24 by Rockland Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas College, enrolled students will be able to take advantage of new benefits this fall in addition to being able to easily transfer to STAC from RCC after completing their associate degree.

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Rockland Community College is Ready

Hudson Valley News & Events – Rockland Community College is ready for Fall 2021. Beginning August 17th through September 23rd, RCC will be welcoming back new and returning students to attend information sessions, registrations, and orientations.

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NursingProcess.org Ranks RCC Nursing Program Number One for Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) of all New York State Nursing Schools

Rockland News – Rockland Community College recently rose from number six to number one out of 76 New York nursing schools for its Associate’s Degree in Nursing program. The ranking was done by NursingProcess.org, a website that compiles nursing education and career information data.

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New community class works on vocational life skills for people with special needs

A new pilot program in Rockland County is enriching the lives of people with special needs. Project Elevate is a new community class teaching vocational life skills to people with special needs. The two-week program at Rockland Community College includes courses on fitness, first aid, cooking and cellphones. “It’s a wonderful experience — lots of happy faces. We’re so happy to be here at Rockland County Community College, and we’re looking forward to our session in August,” said Christina Bertocchi, of Project Elevate.

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RCC Professor Shamika Mitchell Co-Creates Comic-Con Museum Event

Nanuet Patch – In May, Shamika Mitchell, PhD, an RCC English Professor, was the co-creator of a San Diego Comic-Con Museum event featuring Alitha E. Martinez, a comic book artist best known for her work for Marvel Comics’ Iron Man and DC’s Batgirl. “San Diego Comic-Con and the Comic-Con Museum are wonderful institutions that are committed to building community and supporting fandom,” says Mitchell, who is a founding member of the museum. She has recently launched Joystick Angels, a new project on Kickstarter, is the editor for WinC Magazine which debuts this month, and is the lead editor for Rae Comics.

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RCC Hosts Book Talk June 15th “I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide.”

Hudson Valley News & Events – Rockland Community College will be hosting a virtual book talk from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 15 with Dr. Marcia Cantarella, author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide. Dr. Cantarella will be discussing learning techniques for completing college successfully and how her work with college students helped her to develop the breakthrough strategies that lead to success. Dr. Cantarella will be joined by Dr. Michael Baston, President of RCC, on the ZOOM presentation.

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