Reynolds Community College provides
access to education that develops individuals for employment and career
advancement, prepares students for successful transfer to colleges and
universities, builds a skilled workforce that contributes to regional economic
development, and promotes personal enrichment and lifelong learning. In fact, one in four workers (and one in three healthcare workers) in the Greater Richmond region has attended Reynolds.
The fundraising carried out by the Educational
Foundation, under the direction of an Executive Director and Board of
Directors, is essential to fulfilling the mission of Reynolds. The Foundation
serves as a vehicle for broad financial and community support; yet, the essence
of philanthropy is much more personal: it springs from the generosity of the
individual. Not just a desire to see positive change, but a commitment to give
to that end.
The college's most pressing needs can be met through contributions to its annual fund, the Fund for Reynolds. As state expenditures decrease, philanthropy is hugely beneficial in expanding capacity and meeting today’s instructional needs. Contributions to the Fund for Reynolds help programs draw down resources for academic programs and meet emergency student needs not covered through operational funding. Scholarship dollars also are a priority, as they provide critical financial assistance and increase graduation rates. Currently, we are able to help about 30% of eligible students. The average scholarship of $1,500 to $2,000 covers a significant portion of the cost of attendance for a semester. Especially as the region needs more trained STEM-H workers, resources to support scholarships and instruction will have long-term benefits.
Founded in 1972, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College has educated more than 275,000 people in Greater Richmond, equipping them with the skills to succeed. Our mission is based upon three tenets, grounded in the belief that access to a college education--regardless of circumstance--is paramount. Reynolds prepares individuals for employment, provides the first two years toward a baccalaureate degree, and builds a skilled workforce that contributes to regional economic development. Each year, 20,000 people attend classes at Reynolds on one of our three campuses - in the City's historic Jackson Ward, in Henrico County on Parham Road, or in rural Goochland. Also, our distance learning program offerings are created with working adults in mind.
Did you know that 1 out of every 4 workers (and, 1 out of every 3 healthcare workers) in the Greater Richmond region has taken at least one class from Reynolds? An impressive statistic made possible through community support.
“RVA” is a special place. Sure, we’re steeped in history, but innovative and globally-connected companies call us home. And, there’s nothing small about our small business community. The bright minds, ideas and technical know-how of local industries preserve the region’s excellent ratio of big and small business. What makes all of this work? Rather, who makes all of this work? It’s a diverse group of people, but what they have in common is exceptional education and training. This is what Reynolds is committed to providing. Our graduates, whether earning an associate degree or occupational certification, enter the workforce ready to contribute and take their places on the rosters of international, national and local businesses.
We are deeply appreciative of the support we receive from our community. Supporters help Reynolds make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of individuals, families, and neighborhoods. We’re expanding college readiness through partnerships with local school divisions, non-profit organizations, and employers to make sure all of our high school graduates find success in post-secondary education or training. Reynolds is leveraging distance learning to broaden our reach in delivering instruction. And, we will find new ways to help all business in our region - small, medium and large - recruit and retain a skilled workforce.
Please join us in our efforts to make a difference.
E. Massie Valentine, Jr.Foundation Board President
Ms. Littlefield is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Reynolds Community College and is responsible for fund raising, grants, and oversees marketing and public relations. She also serves as the Executive Director of the College’s Foundation. Since her appointment in 1996, Reynolds has obtained more than $50 million in gifts and grants. She has experience in strategic planning, board development, capital, major gift and annual giving campaigns at two-year and four-year colleges. Ms. Littlefield holds a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Bridging RVA; Advance College Academies in Henrico, Goochland, Powhatan
public school systems; Dual Enrollment Programs with Henrico, Goochland,
Powhatan, Hanover, and Richmond public school systems, Salem Christian School
and CATEC; Northside Initiative with Northside YMCA; First
Contractors; US Department of Energy; Bridgestone/Firestone; Ford Motors;
Henrico County Fire and Police Departments; Hanover County Sheriff’s
Department; Hanover Fire Department; US Department of Education; Virginia
Department of Education, Virginia Community College System; Bon Secours; HCA;
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems
The Fund for Reynolds helps the college meet its most pressing needs, ranging from securing professional-caliber equipment for our classrooms to securing food and shelter for a student in dire circumstances. Private contributions cover costs that state funding cannot. For instance, the Educational Foundation operates an emergency loan program for students, using
resources from the Fund for Reynolds. William, a veteran pursuing his Human
Services degree, received financial assistance to remain safely housed while
his military benefits were being processed. “I’m so thankful that I did not have to leave
school. As veterans, we can offer a
different kind of leadership and perspective, but it can be an adjustment to
transition to a new life as a student.” Because of donations to the Fund for
Reynolds, the Foundation is helping students like William stay precisely where
they need and want to be: enrolled at Reynolds and making progress toward
Nearly 1,000 students apply annually for scholarships to help cover the cost of attendance at Reynolds. Currently, we are able to help about one-third of our eligible students; with additional funding, we could increase the number and amount of scholarship awards. Individual scholarship awards range from $200 to $4,000. The average award amount is $1,500.
Research shows that lack of financial resources
hinder student success rates. Two key factors measured in the process were
student retention and graduation rates of scholarship recipients to determine
if receiving a scholarship, in fact, helped students continue enrollment in
classes and graduate. The data show that scholarship assistance is
critical. We know that students with a 2.0 GPA and higher who receive
scholarships are twice as likely to graduate as their peers who have not
received an award.
Even while tuition at Reynolds is a third of the average four-year college or university in the Commonwealth, many families still need financial assistance in covering the cost of attendance. As students grapple with unmet financial needs, scholarships provide a critical lifeline for them to remain enrolled. A $2,500 scholarship can mean the difference between starting and finishing a college degree.
Middle College is a college entry program for 18-24 year-old high school dropouts. It prepares young people for GED completion and continuation with college classes or workforce entry. The program’s focus on the transition to college or work, in addition to GED attainment, is what sets this program apart from other GED preparation programs. What motivates these young adults to persevere is the pride they feel in being a part of a college community, the surrogate family they find in Middle College faculty and each other, and role modeling for their young children that education is the foundation to a better life. The Middle College receives no direct state funding from the Commonwealth, yet it has changed the economic trajectory of hundreds of graduates and their families.
The Middle College’s overall GED completion rate of 74% has made it a model for nine other GED attainment programs in the Virginia Community College System. Middle College is tuition-free for students.
Every year, Reynolds' Middle College program receives applications from young adults seeking to obtain a GED, further their education through college coursework, and learn a marketable skill. In its tenth year, the Middle College is able to provide direct services to 100 young adults, ages 18-24 and another 300 or more who receive academic review or tutoring, coaching and referral services. Middle College is four months in length. The admissions process is thorough and it is made clear to prospective students that work ethic determines success. During the semester, students receive GED instruction, participate in a college orientation, financial aid planning, and enroll in a one-credit college course, “Preparation for Employment.”
The structure of the program and its intensive and personalized level of instruction and coaching bolster academic skills, employability, and confidence in students. Fundamentally, Middle College is a college and workforce preparatory program, with GED-attainment as a first step. The objective of Middle College is to prepare students to enroll in college and earn a college credential, a Career Readiness Certificate and enter the workforce – in other words, to go on beyond Middle College and become self-sufficient. As we measure success, we determine the numbers of students who are college ready and not simply college eligible.
Since 2003, more than 800 students have attended
the Middle College program. The
level of stability the Middle College programs brings to the lives of our
students ripples through their entire family structure. The college degrees the
graduates attain, the jobs they pursue, the better parents they become – all of
this directly and positively impacts neighborhood schools, employment, and the
well-being of the community. Middle College provides an avenue for young adults
on the margin to enter an academic environment that encourages discipline,
requires goal setting, and broadens their horizons beyond their immediate
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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