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RCBC’s programs, services and affordability make college a family tradition

Lin Rubright, 3+1 psychology student, doing classwork on her laptop

Lin Rubright, 48, frequently tells her six daughters about the value of education, so when she saw a poster advertising the college’s new 3+1 program, which allows students to save as much as $75,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree, she dusted off her 20-year-old associate degree in education to go back to school.

“When you’re preaching education and the value of a degree to six young women, then you have to set that same example. As soon as I saw the signs for the 3+1 program, I just basically lit up. I felt like that was a good way for me to get back involved in school,” Rubright said.

A psychology major, Rubright plans to pursue the new 3+1 psychology option that starts this fall and will save her thousands of dollars on her bachelor's degree from Rowan University. She wants to continue her education by obtaining her master's and doctorate and ultimately, would like to do research or clinical work.

3+1 is not the only initiative of the college’s to help save students money. Earlier this year, RCBC announced that there would be no tuition or fee increases for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“RCBC was affordable for a large family of eight,” Lin Rubright said. “We were definitely able to afford the price tag of it.”

Lin is not the only member of the Rubright family to attend the college: her oldest daughter, AnnaRose, graduated in the spring, meaning that the mother and daughter were taking classes at the fastest-growing community college in New Jersey at the same time.

“I was so excited for my mom to go back to school and continue getting her degree,” AnnaRose Rubright said in a video filmed by the college for Mother’s Day.

AnnaRose Rubright also participated in the Dress for Success program, hosted by the RCBC Foundation. Dress for Success, sponsored by the RCBC Foundation, RCBC’s Workforce Development Institute and Liberty Bell Bank, provided students with professional attire, haircuts, resume and interview coaching, and networking training.

“Dress for Success was everything Anna needed,” Lin Rubright said. “It’s incredible: this college teaches you how to dress for work, helps you develop a resume, and even had a mock interview to help you practice. RCBC really goes above and beyond for a community college.”

“The Liberty Bell Bank Dress for Success program, presented by the RCBC Foundation, is another way we create opportunities for our students,” said Anika Ragins-Riley, Executive Director of the RCBC Foundation. “Whether students transfer to a four-year school or enter the workforce directly after graduation, we want them to leave RCBC with not only the knowledge to begin a career, but the professional skills that will make them successful.”

The RCBC Foundation has also recently implemented a new, more user-friendly application, making it easier than ever for students to apply for scholarships covering everything from tuition to the cost of textbooks.

“I have six kids, who have done homeschooling, private school and public school, so I’ve filled out a lot of school applications, a lot of scholarship applications,” Lin Rubright said. “This one was by far one of the easiest.

“I was surprised by how many scholarships there were,” Rubright continued. “The list was so long, I ended up just printing it out so I could look at it.”

“The Foundation offers scholarship opportunities that meet the needs of a diverse student population,” said Ragins-Riley. “Many students are surprised to learn that they qualify, but with more than 50 scholarship opportunities available and a new, more user-friendly application process, we strongly encourage any student in need of financial support to apply.”

There are a broad range of scholarship opportunities available, including scholarships specifically for returning adults, international students and single mothers. Other scholarships, like the Rebecca “Becky” Scott Paramedic Science Scholarship, are for specific industries, fields or majors.

“The mission of the RCBC Foundation is to help RCBC students achieve their educational goals and we always appreciate the support of community members looking to help students transform their lives at Rowan College at Burlington County,” Ragins-Riley said.

Students have until Wednesday, Sept. 6 to apply for a Foundation scholarship.

To learn more about the RCBC Foundation, apply for a scholarship or to donate, visit rcbc.edu/foundation.

This article also appeared in The Burlington County Times on Sunday, July 30.