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College kicks off Spring Semester, launches RCC 2.0

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Randolph Community College President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan speaks to faculty, staff, and Board members in attendance at the College at RCC’s annual Spring Convocation, held in the R. Alton Cox Learning Center Auditorium on the Asheboro Campus on Jan. 5.

Randolph Community College faculty, staff, and Board members gathered Friday, Jan. 5, to celebrate the starting of the 2024 Spring Semester and to officially launch the 2024-2030 strategic plan process.

RCC President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan presented how RCC 2.0 will build on the 60-year legacy of the College.


RCC Board of Trustees Chair Reynolds Lisk Jr. tells the audience the future is bright.

“RCC will stand for Relevant, Careers, and Commitment,” he said. “RCC will stay Relevant to the needs of our community and industry. Careers will be at the core of our mission. We are renewing our Commitment to each other, to our students, to our partners, and to our community.”

After highlighting the College’s successes — being ranked as the No. 1 community college in North Carolina by Niche and the Nursing Program’s top three state ranking by, Ardalan emphasized of the need to meet or exceed the state’s goal of having 2 million people aged 25-44 earn high-quality credentials or a postsecondary degree by 2030. He then discussed the process of starting RCC 2.0 — with input from the College community, with a “one college” model — integrating Curriculum and Workforce Development and Continuing Education, and with enhancements, renovations, and expansion to facilities.

“We have so many things to be excited about this semester, this year, and in the coming years,” said Board Chair Reynolds Lisk Jr., who introduced his fellow Board members in attendance. “Randolph County is an exciting place right now, and RCC is at the center.”

New faculty and staff were introduced, and others were honored for years of service ranging from five years to 30 at the College. Attendees were treated to a performance on piano by Student Government Association President Paulina Escobar.

Randolph Community College (RCC), under the leadership of President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan, is committed to providing relevant career training and educational opportunities. Affordable degrees and short-term certificate programs start throughout the year, both in person and online. For more information, call 336-633-0200 or visit and expect to engage with the most competent and compassionate team of faculty and staff.

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