By Kelly A. Smith, Director of Marketing, Reynolds Community College
After the holidays our thoughts begin to shift to a new year with fresh beginnings and opportunities to learn and grow. What will you do in 2017 to reach the future you envision for yourself?
Is it a better paying job? Or being the first in your family to attend college? Reynolds can be an important step on your path. Nearly 18,000 students at Reynolds are creating their future by planning for not only a job but a career. Did you know that not all career paths require a degree?
Reynolds offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs that lead to exciting careers. Students can take classes online, or at one of its three campuses located downtown in Jackson Ward, in Goochland County, or on Parham Road.
TUITION at Reynolds is 1/3 the cost of most four-year public colleges in Virginia. Nearly 67% of first-year students at Reynolds receive some type of financial aid. And more than 100 Reynolds scholarships are available to also help students afford college. About 72% of Reynolds students are part-time, and juggle family, work, and school. Because life happens! Advisors are ready to advise you and help you complete your program on time.
There is a FREE SHUTTLE for Reynolds students between Downtown Campus and Parham Road Campus to attend classes and student life events. Public transit is also available two blocks from our Downtown Campus.
ACADEMIC TUTORING is no cost for students, and there are more than 25 student clubs to join. Clubs range from American Sign Language, Anime, Business, and Culinary Arts Careers, to Fashion, Multicultural, and Music.
The CAREER, EMPLOYMENT, AND TRANSFER CENTER helps students plan which program will lead to a specific career. In addition to career-oriented certificates, Reynolds offers programs that lead to the two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Associate of Science (AAS) degree. These programs are designed for students who plan to transfer to a university or four-year college.
Reynolds has dozens of GUARANTEED TRANSFER OPTIONS available to four-year colleges and universities. Students can get their start at Reynolds, save thousands of dollars, and better prepare for the four-year college environment.
Reynolds also has a GED TO COLLEGE/ WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM known as the Middle College. Middle College is partnering with the Capital Region Adult Education programs to offer the PluggedInVA GED to College/Workforce training program. This program is free for qualified students. Call (804) 523-5345 for more information.
Thomas Jefferson High School ’14 graduate John is currently in the Administration of Justice AAS degree program at Reynolds. He is from a family of law enforcement and wanted to continue that legacy. He dreams of becoming a police officer in Henrico County. “I wanted to see if college was for me. And if I was capable of holding the caseload here. And I am,” he said. “What motivated me was that a degree will get me further in this world. An associate degree is a good start. And will save you a lot of money if want to pursue a bachelors degree, too. Work hard, believe in yourself, and never give up.”
Huguenot High School graduate Shauneal got her start at Reynolds through Dual Enrollment classes. Today she is a biology major at VCU and dreams of a career in dentistry through the VCU School of Dentistry. “Reynolds has helped me in so many ways. Taking the Human Anatomy class with Dr. Young opened me up to dentistry or even medical school. The tutoring center helped me,” said the Reynolds May 2015 graduate. “My advisor explained my GPA requirements and gave me all the information to come to VCU.”
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