Richard Bland

Richard Bland’s Middle College Program gives high school students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree while still in high school and a new class of Petersburg High School students had their orientation to the Program. 

“Our local partnerships with local area high schools have been a long time running,” said Thom Addington, Director of Student Success at Richard Bland College. 

Addington went to a “very rural school” himself and understands the notion that if you come from a small town, that you will stay there. He understands the value of having guaranteed transfer credit to any school in the state and what that can do for a student. 

He started in the role in March and like many before him, has worked to preserve the strong relationships with other local high schools to bring students into the program. In future years RBC will open the boot camp to other schools, but for the first boot camp, PHS had to go first.  

“Because they are the closest of our neighbors, I think that was sort of what gave us additional onus to have them be our inaugural group,” added Addington.  

When the PHS students got there they were able to meet with student advisors, members of the English department, and the Director of Academics, Dr. Tiffany Birdsong. Schedules were not fully set yet but RBC gave them the impression of what a schedule would look like and if students needed to make adjustments they could make them. 

The incoming class of juniors tested out of their normal high school classes and will finish their high school diploma while attending RBC. These students finish their sophomore in high school and now as a junior, they are taking college classes and being treated like a college student.

"I think there might have been some nerves around that but as we spent time with them in that early afternoon...  a couple of students said they were excited to start classes," Addington said. 

Once the RBC school year starts, 16 PHS students will take all their classes on Richard Bland’s campus. Some of these students will be starting their junior year in high school and the seniors will move on to other endeavors. But, they will have graduated with an Associates's Degree and enough college credits to be considered a college junior. 

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to get to campus and immediately begin to place themselves here as RBC students,” Addington said. 

If anyone is interested in participating in the Middle College Program at Richard Bland College, they should reach out to their school counselor.

Zoe Collins Rath (she/her/hers) is a sports and education reporter for the Progress-Index. For times email her at ZCollinsRath@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @zoe_jordan99. 

This article originally appeared on The Progress-Index: Petersburg High School students get a crash course of college life

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