*3 April 1958 - Date Approved by State Board of Education
Fall 1961 - Construction Begins on First Building (Administration/Education Center)
4 September 1962 - Official opening
March 1962 - First Training Program: Certificate
September 1962 - First Continuing Education Classes
September 1962 - First Curriculum Classes: Certificate/Diploma
October 1965 - First Degree Programs Offered: A.A.S.
30 October 1980 - Armadillo Mascot Approved; Reflex Blue & Silver Approved as Official School Colors
March 2009 - Orange is added as one of the Official School Colors and a new logo is approved
Spring 1957 - Local business, educational, industrial and civic leaders, including Charles W. McCrary, Sr. made a bid to the N.C. Legislature for funds to locate a vocational-technical school in Randolph County. This was the first formal bid to be made in Raleigh. McCrary was elected to the State Board of Education in 1956.
Charles W. McCrary, Sr. (1902-1984)
The first class met in what is now room 115 of the Administration/Education Center. Standing from left to right are Robert E. Carey (Director of the Randolph Industrial Education Center) and Merton H. Branson (Associate Director). Seated from left to right are Guy B. Teachey (Superintendent of Asheboro City Schools); Dr. Frank Edmondson (Chairman of Asheboro City School Board); T. Henry Redding (Chairman of the Randolph Industrial Education Center Advisory Board); John L. Roberson (Electrical Technology Instructor); Malcolm H. Ritchie (Mathematics Instructor); Shelby V. Morgan, Jr. (Chemistry/Physics Instructor); Jack E. Steele, Jr. (Electronics Technology Instructor)l; Clarence M. Frazier (Machine Shop Instructor); Bryant N. Barden (Welding Instructor) and Lowell M. Whatley (Auto Mechanics Instructor).
Fall 1965 - With the change from an Industrial Education Center to a Technical Institute, RTI could award an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students could only be granted a diploma before the change.
Fall 1965 - A Technical Institute was required by law to have 12 trustees instead of the eight-member board previously needed. In 1965, Gov. Dan K. Moore appointed four new members.
1966-67 - School Year-RTI enrolled 142 curriculum students and 2,122 continuing education students.
January 1967 - RTI trustees authorized the drawing of plans and specifications for the first major building program.
Fall 1967 - The first of the College’s specialty programs, Interior Design, was initially offered. Photography and Photofinishing, Commercial Graphics and Floral Design/Commercial Horticulture followed in the next three years.
October 1967 - RTI officials broke ground for the new 9,635-square-foot addition that would house administrative offices, a teaching auditorium, a library, and student and faculty lounges.
Spring 1968 - The school's first organized sports team, a baseball team, is organized. It is coached by faculty members Benny Hampton and Vernon Felton.
September 1968 - RTI's addition to the original building, which now serves as the main entrance to the Administration/Education Center opens.
February 1969 - RTI received its charter from the N.C. Department of Community Colleges. Later that year, RTI was selected as a center for high school equivalency testing by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in cooperation with the American Council on Education.
January 1, 1970 - RTI offers its first ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes.
June 1970 - RTI added college transfer courses through a contractual agreement with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The first two classes offered were English 101 and History 101.
1972 - The Visiting Artist program begins. This program is made available throughout the community college system and RTI receives a new visiting artist each year. Robert Guthrie, classical guitarist, is RTI's first Visiting Artist and is shared with Davidson County Community College. The program continues until funding dissolves in 1995.
September 1973 - RTI was accredited by the State Board of Education. The accreditation meant that the institution met all academic and other standards of the State Board and that RTI graduates would be able to more easily transfer their credits to certain four-year institutions. Also, the contractual agreement with UNCG was upgraded to allow for the transfer of up to 64 semester hours of credit from RTI.
September 1974 - The school added 19,620 square feet with a larger student lounge, new photography and design studios, classrooms, a campus store and two metal buildings.
December 1974 - RTI was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
March 1978 - Randolph County citizens approved a $2.5 million bond referendum funding construction of a learning resources center, a vocational-technical building and a student services center.
1978-79 - School Year-RTI enrolled 1,218 curriculum students and 6,604 continuing education students.
July 1979 - In the midst of the building program, RTI was renamed Randolph Technical College.
• Spring Break was extended for a week (March 16-20), and Continuing Education courses were suspended from March 14-22.
• Students were encouraged to stay home, and the College limited visitors to campus.
• All travel for RCC purposes was suspended, and all events were canceled through May 31.
• All employees were encouraged to self-disclose travel to “hot spots.”
• A COVID-19 page was added to the College’s website.
• The College transitioned from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery.
• The College closed all campuses to the public and started operating with essential personnel only.
• The announcement was made that the 2020 Curriculum Graduation would be moved to a virtual platform.
• The College announced that registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 classes were taking place as scheduled, and students could purchase books online for Summer starting May 11.
• Details about RCC’s virtual 2020 Curriculum Graduation were released. The commencement was available for viewing June 8 on YouTube and Facebook at 7 p.m. Students were encouraged to share their pictures with the hashtag #RCCProud2020. Graduates could pick up their diploma and commencement ceremony programs June 1-5 at the Welcome Center or could request them by mail.
• RCC President Robert S. Shackleford Jr. released this statement:
Dear RCC Community,
As we near the end of another week of social distancing measures, we must stay the course and take pride in knowing that we are adapting successfully in ways we never thought possible. Change is always challenging. I have great admiration for how our college community adjusted so quickly and adapted so effectively to this change that was thrust upon us.
I know we all yearn for the time when we can return to campus. But I also know that we are doing the right thing for the right reasons. I am immensely proud of the efforts and contributions of our faculty and staff during this time of uncertainty.
During this pandemic, our sense of purpose has never been more clearly defined and we are taking every measure possible to continue serving our students and community while protecting the health of our students, faculty, staff, community, and this College.
There have been questions surrounding the Governor’s stay-at-home order that is scheduled to end May 8 and how this will impact the College. As stated by the Governor, May 8, will initiate a three-phase plan for re-opening the state and we will use this plan to help guide our decisions regarding faculty and staff reporting to campus and the College returning to face-to-face instruction.
Phase One, which starts May 8, really does not change anything we are already doing at the College. We are currently working on an RCC plan for implementation for the following phases of gradually re-opening the College and I will keep you updated on those plans. Whatever our next steps may be and whenever we take them, it will be done with the highest regard for the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students.
So, despite an uncertain future, this I know: I am incredibly proud of the sacrifices our faculty, staff and students have made and the great job you have done, even under adverse circumstances.
Our lifestyle has taken a hit during this pandemic, but RCC’s mission has not. In fact, our community college will be crucial in helping to rebuild the economy of North Carolina. Together, our concerted efforts will create opportunities and change lives all while keeping our campuses safe and healthy.
With pride and gratitude for each of you.
• The College remains open for business based on recommended best practices by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), and local, state, and health officials.
• RCC made the decision to continue with alternative course delivery, where possible and practical, for the 2020 Summer Semester. Leadership would determine which classes, such as those with labs, would continue to require face-to-face instruction and attendance based on NCCCS guidelines. Access to the computer lab was available.
• Faculty and staff would still be available remotely during normal business hours with limited physical access on campus.
• The RCC campuses remained closed to the public.
• Social distancing guidelines were in place, and face coverings were strongly recommended for students, faculty, and staff.
• North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the transition to Phase 2 at 5 p.m. May 22. The stay-at-home order was lifted, and restrictions were still in place for indoor gatherings of 10-plus people. Remote work was suggested.
• The College continued with alternative course delivery.
• The 2020 Summer Semester started, which meant more people on campus.
• RCC made it mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students to wear face coverings, starting June 15, using these guidelines:
— A face covering must be worn in indoor public areas or while meeting with others, if social distancing cannot be maintained.
— A face covering must be worn while outside if social distancing cannot be maintained.
— If anyone in a group thinks the social distancing isn’t adequate, masks must be worn. Anyone, at any time, has the right to say, “I would feel more comfortable if we wore masks,” without any further discussion or recrimination.
— Individuals are encouraged to use this guide, from the CDC, to learn how to safely wear and take off a face covering.
• RCC released this announcement about the CARES Act.
• RCC announces that, out of safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would make some changes to the fall schedule. In the coming weeks, students may be re-registered in new sections that will replace the face-to-face ones for which they were originally registered. These new sections would include online content and potentially include synchronous online and/or face-to-face class meetings. These changes would not affect every student and will vary by each course.
• In the need for continued caution surrounding COVID-19, changes were made in the process of purchasing and receiving course materials and other items needed from the RCC Campus Store for the Fall 2020 Semester. It was highly recommended that students place orders early to help ensure items are received prior to the start of class. All items for Fall 2020 needed to be ordered online here. Options for school supplies, clothing, computers, and other items were posted on the website in addition to course material.