Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Middle College Program Honored at Richmond History Makers

The Middle College program at Reynolds Community College was honored on October 15, 2013 as a recepient of a 2013 Richmond History Makers award.  The Richmond History Makers, launched in 2005 by the Valentine Richmond History Center, "honor and celebrate those everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region."

The Middle College program helps young adults, 18-24, earn a GED, transition to post-secondary coursework or training, and learn a practical job skill.  The four-month program affords students intensive and personalized instruction, but it is the student’s work ethic that ultimately determines her or his success.  Since 2003, more than 800 students have enrolled in Middle College; 76% have graduated and earned a GED, with nearly half continuing their education – an amazing achievement, as Middle College receives no direct state funding and is supported by grants and private philanthropy. The program gives stability, skills, and hope to our young people, changing their lives and our communities for the better.

Photo: Middle College program administrators Jackie Epps and Mary Jo Washko with Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary Rhodes. (Photo courtesy Valentine Richmond History Center)

Update: WRIC story on the Richmond History Makers awards.

For more information about the Middle College program at Reynolds click here

For more information about the 2013 Richmond History Makers honorees click here