RCC Grad named PPA Certified Professional Photographer


Sarah Mitchell, owner of Sarah Lynn Studios, has earned the prestigious title of Certified Professional Photographer from Professional Photographers of America. According to PPA, “the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) credential serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission.”

In 2016, Sarah earned her degree in Photographic Technology, Portrait Studio Management. Sarah’s studio, based in Rockwell, NC, serves clients in the counties of Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and North Mecklenberg.

RCC Photo Grad Scott Witter Photograph of Janet Evans Gets Wheaties Box Honors

Olympic swim champion Janet Evans graces the cover of a Wheaties box.  –
Congratulations to Scott Witter for an amazing achievement!
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Graduate Nick Grancharoff part of winning team



RCC Commercial Photography graduate Nick Grancharoff  was part of a winning team entry in the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Nick’s photography, including the cover of The Zachry Force Report was part of the Jeff Heinke Designs winning entry, winning for overall writing, photography and design in a employee publication: 2016 Silver Award of Distinction: Zachry Force Report January-February 2016 Employee Publication – Newsletter.

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

RCC Photography Students Win Awards


Photo by Nathan Richards – Curriculum Award and Academic Award – Commercial


Photo by Whitney Keller – Academic Award – Photojournalism


Photo by Sarah Mitchell – Academic Award – Portrait Studio Management


RCC’s Academic and Curriculum Awards were presented at RCC’s seventh annual Student Academic Honors Awards Ceremony on April 14, at Oakhurst Baptist Church.

The Academic Award is based on the highest GPA in each degree and diploma program of study. Students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, and have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Academic Awards were presented to the following (listed with their program areas):

Nathan Richards, Photographic Technology/Commercial Photography

Whitney Keller, Photographic Technology/Photojournalism

Sarah Mitchell, Photographic Technology/Portrait Studio Management

The Curriculum Award goes to a student in each degree and diploma program who is both outstanding in his/her academic achievement and has potential for success in the particular field he/she has chosen. To be eligible, the students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, have a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, have demonstrated expertise in their field of study, and have participated in departmental, campus and community activities that promote the College.

The Curriculum Award for the department of Photographic Technology was presented to Nathan Richards of Oxford, N.C.