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Guided Pathways at RCC

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The Guided Pathways model is an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success. The model is based upon easy-to-understand programs of study (i.e. the pathways) that are aligned with career-oriented outcomes and transfer educational opportunities. Programs, support services, and instructional approaches are strategically designed and aligned to help students clarify their goals, choose and enter their pathways, stay on those pathways through completion, and master the knowledge and skills that will enable their successful entry into the labor market and/or pursue further education.

RCC's model has five Schools:

  • School of Nursing, Health and Wellness
  • School of Business and Professional Studies
  • School of Education and Social Sciences
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Meet the Founding Deans

Dr. Melanie Rie

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Dr. Melanie Rie received her PhD in Biology from Boston University in 2000. Her research examined the impact of environmental chemicals on the reproductive health of wildlife and humans. She is an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Science Department at Rockland Community College, where she has been a faculty member for 17 years. Dr. Rie is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and is the co-facilitator of the Guided Pathways project at the College. Dr. Rie currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

Dr. Kathy Hopkins

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As a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Educator, Dr. Hopkins has many years of experience in nursing, healthcare, healthcare management and education. She received her Doctorate in Education from Southern Connecticut State University where her research focused on transition to practice for new graduate nurses. Dr. Hopkins is an alumna of Leadership Rockland- Class of 1996 and remains active in the organization as a facilitator for the Healthcare and Emergency Services Day. Dr. Hopkins is also active on the Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day Committee and is the Nursing Alumni Coordinator at RCC.

Professor Stephen Burke

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Stephen Burke has taught at Rockland Community College since 2007. He served as the Coordinator of the Reading and Writing Center, and was elected Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in 2015. In 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Humanities Division. He teaches a wide variety of writing and literature courses, both classroom-based and online, and he regularly teaches Honors writing courses and the Shakespeare Seminar.

He helped to create and pilot an Accelerated Learning version of English 101 to improve the retention and success of English Skills students. As Chair of the Open Education Resources (OER) Committee, he works with colleagues to expand the use of OER at Rockland. He also led the effort at RCC to use multiple measures to improve the placement of students in writing courses.

Professor George Repic

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Professor Repic joined RCC in 2013 after sixteen years of corporate experience in the financial services industry in various roles. George holds Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts degrees from Rutgers University and an MBA from Felician University. At RCC he has taught a wide range of courses in business, economics and political science. He has taught at ten different colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey. He has taught for MBA programs at Felician University and Centenary University. At Rockland Community College he has held the positions of Coordinator in the Business Department, Department Chair of Business, Economics and Office Technologies, Interim Division Chair of Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional/Public Service and serves as a coordinator for SUNY Cobleskill at RCC. In 2017, George was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


A search is underway for the Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences position.


Any questions about Guided Pathways can be directed to gprcc@sunyrockland.edu.