Recruitment and K-12 Coaching

Community College Career Coach Project

Reynolds is committed to helping high school students successfully transition into post-secondary opportunities. The Reynolds high school career coach project places part-time college employees at area high schools. Career coaches help students set goals and make make plans for their lives after high school.  The program is a collaborative  between Reynolds Community College, the Virginia Community College System,  and the Virginia Department of Education.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College currently has eleven Career Coaches located at the following schools:




Rick Cole

Rick Cole, M.Ed.

Advance College Academy Career Coach

Powhatan High School

Powhatan County Public Schools



Rick Cole has served as the Career Coach at Powhatan High School since 2010, helping students to explore and plan for careers and/or post-secondary education. He is a retired high school principal and a former health and physical education teacher. For the past two summers, Mr. Cole has served as the SDV 100 instructor for the Advance College Academy students at Powhatan high school.

Mrs. Jennifer Rankin is excited to work with students as the ACA Career Coach.  She has spent the majority of her career working as a community college career counselor.  She has worked closely with learners of all ages including high school students, traditionally aged college students, adult college students, and individuals with disabilities.  Mrs. Rankin is passionate about getting to know her students and helping them to identify their innate strengths, skills and interests.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Joseph's University and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University.  Mrs. Rankin is excited to work with the students and families in the ACA program, and help the ACA students develop necessary tools and skills that will empower them to reach their educational, career and lifelong goals.

Jennifer Rankin

Jennifer Rankin, M.S.

Advance College Academy Career Coach

John Randolph Tucker High School

Henrico County Public Schools



 Taylor Reahard

Taylor Reahard, M.Ed.

Advance College Academy Career Coach

Goochland High School

Goochland County Public Schools



Mrs. Taylor Reahard received her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. in School Counseling, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has always had a passion for working with students in the school setting.  What she loves about the ACA program is she gets the chance to help students realize their dreams and discover different opportunities for post-secondary education to make those dreams a reality.   Getting to know her students and building relationships with them is what she finds most rewarding about her position.  As the ACA Career Coach, Mrs. Reahard is dedicated to supporting her students throughout the program and helping them to reach their full potential.

Mrs. Elizabeth Roerink graduated in 2001 from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree and from the University of Memphis in 2006 with a M.S. degree in School Counseling. Her various experiences in the education field include serving as a high school counselor, college admissions counselor, and working in Student Disability Services at the college level. She believes serving students in these different capacities has given her a unique perspective of preparing students to be successful in their college and career endeavors. She has a passion for building relationships with her ACA students and parents and believes communication between all is essential. 

Elizabeth Roerink

Elizabeth H. Roerink, M.S.

Advance College Academy Career Coach

Lee Davis High School

Hanover County Public Schools



Ayanna Thompson loves education, which is why she has willingly spent the majority of life as either a student or an educator. Her professional experience includes positions in the public school setting working with students from PK-12. She has also worked in residence life, enrollment management, admissions, and academic affairs at various colleges and universities. She is particularly passionate about helping students achieve their college aspirations. Although has already received her own set of degrees - a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University, a Master of Science from Howard University, and a Master of Education from Regent University - Ms. Thompson is most excited about witnessing the Early College Academy students earn their own degrees.

Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson, M.Ed., M.S.

Early College Academy Career Coach

Richmond City Public Schools



 Robert Tyson

Robert Tyson, M.S.

Advance College Academy Career Coach

Highland Springs High School

Henrico County Public Schools



Mr. Tyson is a career educator. He began as a Biology teacher and coach in Hampton, Virginia. In 1978, he started working in Henrico County Public Schools. Mr. Tyson served for twenty-three years as a school administrator. He retired as the principal of Hermitage High School in 2008. Prior to becoming the Advance College Academy career coach at Highland Springs High School, Mr. Tyson worked at Reynolds for seven years as an adjunct faculty member.