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RCC offers ‘Opportunity 2013!’ giving program

In its mission of providing the most affordable way for area residents to improve their lives through education, Rappahannock Community College helps these individuals get valuable training for a better job, earn a career certificate, or achieve an associate degree either as a stand-alone credential or as preparation for a bachelor’s degree.

But with state funding for community colleges dropping and tuition costs rising, more people are looking for financial aid and scholarship awards before enrolling.

To meet this need, the RCC Educational Foundation (RCC/EFI) has begun its annual giving campaign, this year titled “Opportunity 2013!”—a golden opportunity for area businesses, organizations, and individuals to take part in the foundation’s effort to assist more students than ever with scholarship awards.

“As you carefully consider where you will invest your dollars this year, please think first of Opportunity 2013!” said RCC president Elizabeth H. “Sissy” Crowther. “Since 2006, the college has enrolled 54 percent more credit students, doubled its nursing enrollments, established new programs, and automatically transferred students under its 38 Guaranteed Admission Agreements with four-year universities.

“With similar vigor, RCC’s Workforce Development Centers have served thousands of individuals and area businesses—such as our 14 school systems, local health and finance companies, and Canon Virginia—with customized classes. We have fully renovated both campuses and opened sites in Kilmarnock and New Kent. We are utilizing your investment beautifully,” said Crowther.

RCC/EFI executive director Victor Clough added, “Your gift to Opportunity 2013! can also benefit you by lowering your taxes. A gift of stock shares (if owned by you for more than a year) qualifies for the same deduction as a cash gift, while avoiding tax on the capital gain and preserving your cash for other uses. “

Opportunity 2013! has the goal of raising more than $60,000 before its closing date of April 30, 2013. Contributions can be made either by mail or online. “However you give and whatever you give to RCC, our entire community benefits,” said Clough.

Those who choose the online giving method can go to the college website (rappahannock.edu) and click on the “GiveNow” button; those sending a check should make it out to RCC/EFI and mail to P.O. Box 923, Warsaw, VA 22572.

posted 12.19.2012

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