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    Jun 18, 2024  
2023-24 RACC Student Catalog 
2023-24 RACC Student 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.
Kevin Coots, Associate Provost, 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
Ms. Wanda Colon, Secretary

Dr. Sam A. Alley
Mr. Daniel Cortes
Mr. Jack R. Gombach
Mr. Michael C. Haney
Mrs. Mary H. Kargbo
Mr. Lawrence J. Medaglia, Jr.
Pastor Manuel A. Perez
Mr. Guido M. Pichini
Dr. Michelle Reichard-Huff
Mr. Dean E. Sheaffer
Mr. Carl W. Staples
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. 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 an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Reading Area Community College accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 27, 2014 was to reaffirm accreditation. The next Self-Study Evaluation will be 2022-2023.
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an institution of higher education, and is authorized to award the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Associate in General Studies Degree, Certificate of Specializations and Diploma of Specialization.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Reading Area Community College is accredited by:

1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician

5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Committee on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC)

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs

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).

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associates Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs.

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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
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • The Council of Associate Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing
  • The Council of Practical Nursing Programs of the National League for Nursing
  • Pennsylvania Colleges of Associate Degree Nursing
  • League for Innovation in the Community College

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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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