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    Jul 13, 2024  
2021-22 RACC Student Catalog 
2021-22 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About RACC


Mission Statement

Reading Area Community College builds communities of learning committed to educational growth and to the economic vitality in our region.


  • We strive for excellence in all our actions.
  • We promote student learning and personal growth through teaching and mentoring.
  • We create welcoming and safe environments where intellectual curiosity and learning can flourish.
  • We value the diversity in our community and the richness it brings.
  • We connect students to resources within the College and the community at large that best meet their educational needs.
  • We are committed to lifelong learning both for students and ourselves.

At RACC, we are a community-focused institution.

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Susan D. Looney, President, J.D., Ed.D.
Kenneth E. Dearstyne, Jr., Senior Vice President for Business Services/College Treasurer, M.B.A.
Cynthia Seaman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, M.S.S.
Anthony DeMarco, Vice President of College Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, B.A.
Kay M. Litman, Vice President for Enrollment Management M.A.
Dolores Peterson, Vice President of Fiscal and Human Resources, M.B.A.
Jodi Corbett, Associate Vice President of Academic and Community Partnerships, M.A.
Kevin Coots, Dean of Instruction, M.A.
Maria Mitchell, Dean of Student Affairs, M.Ed.
Benjamin Rosenberger, Director of Financial Aid/Registrar, M.Ed.
David Hessen, Director of Marketing and Communications, B.F.A

Board of Trustees

Mr. Gary W. Rightmire, Chair
Mr. Thomas J. Mitchell, Vice Chair
Ms. Wanda Colon, Secretary

Dr. Sam A. Alley
Mr. Jack R. Gombach
Mr. Michael C. Haney
Ms. Kim D. Johnson
Mrs. Mary H. Kargbo
Mr. Lawrence J. Medaglia, Jr.
Mr. Guido M. Pichini
Mr. Huascar S. Rivera
Mr. Dean E. Sheaffer
Mr. Edwin L. Stock
Mr. Michael Toledo

James H. Yocum Trustee Emeriti

Mrs. Connie M. Archey
Mr. Jon C. Scott
Mrs. Nancy L. Snyder*
Mr. John C. Woodward
Mr. James H. Yocum

* deceased

College Solicitor - Kozloff Stoudt

Mr. Geoffrey M. Stoudt, Esquire
Mr. Peter Schuchman, Esquire

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Berks County Board of Commissioners

Sponsor of the College

Christian Y. Leinbach, Chair
Mr. Kevin S. Barnhardt
Mr. Michael S. Rivera

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Reading Area Community College is accredited by the following:

  • Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Associate in General Studies Degree, and Certificate of Specializations.
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education - Full Accreditation (3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000, Accreditation Status can be viewed from the Middle States Website.
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119) - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician.
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care.
  • The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information regarding ACEN contact 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404)975-5000.

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Reading Area Community College is a member of the following organizations:

  • The American Association of Community Colleges
  • The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Commission for Education in Nursing, Practical Nursing Program
  • Commission for Education in Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing Program
  • The League for Innovation in the Community College
  • American Council on Education

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Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Student Learning and Success

Strengthen RACC’s culture of collaboration to make student learning and success a campus community-wide effort.

Goal 2: Proactive Community Partner -

Increase responsiveness to community needs in providing workforce training, contracted training, and both credit and non-credit career and transfer programs.

Goal 3: Viable and Effective Workplace

Strengthen RACC’s fiscal viability as well as its effectiveness in leveraging resources to improve the capacity of employees to deliver programs and services that enable students to meet their educational goals.

Goal 4: Known for Excellence

Enhance recognition for excellence in teaching, learning, and community leadership.

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