The Board of Trustees have recently released several Requests for Proposals, including a request for space for its Administrative Center. Because of the RRC’s unique distributive delivery model, the Trustees do not anticipate having a traditional “main campus” model, but rather a strong network of many facilities and resources throughout the entire region, of which only one resource is an administrative center. At a minimum, the administrative center will house some RRC administrative functions and require office space and access to technology. A special committee will make a recommendation to the board in mid-February.
In addition, the Trustees are also seeking a Marketing and Public Relations firm to assist in developing and carrying out a marketing and branding campaign, including identification of a new name for the college. “What this college is not is easier to explain than what it is because it is not online and it is not a traditional campus,” says Board Chair and former state senator Mary Jo White. “We need the services of a firm to help convey this,” continues White.
This is the first financially operational year for the RRC, and the Trustees are currently seeking the services of an auditing firm as well. The search for the college’s first president is also underway. The Trustees hope to name a president in early spring 2017.
The RRC will offer affordable and accessible education, including open admissions/enrollment/entrance policies (i.e. no criteria beyond a high school diploma/GED®), low tuition and, the ability to participate in or near a person’s home community. The college was enacted into law in 2014 with the leadership of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Senator Scott Hutchinson, and Representatives Martin Causer and Kathy Rapp.
For more information about the RRC initiative and to view the Requests for Proposals, please visit www.communityedcenter.com/rrcnorthernpa, or contact Duane Vicini, the RRC Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-757-5731.