Pest management program boosts campus safety

By John Miles, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Good day, everyone! While COVID-19 has affected everyone’s life in some way, some things are still moving forward. The good and exciting news is that the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program at RCC is working to make the campuses safer for students and employees, as well as more environmentally friendly. Since there is much confusion on what IPM...
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George Foreman

Did you know George Foreman found his path here?

Did boxing legend George Foreman go to Rogue Community College? Well, not exactly. Yes, it’s true that George Foreman, the two-time world heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic hero, spent time on the RCC Redwood Campus, but that was back when the campus was a Job Corps site in the 1960s. But the Redwood Campus was where he found his path in life, just like RCC...
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Ron Goss receives prestigious Cutler Award

Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center Director Ron Goss was announced this week as the recipient of the 2020 Cutler Award from the Oregon SBDC Network. The award is among the highest honors an SBDC director can receive for services to Oregon businesses and the Oregon SBDC network.  “I doubt that there are many businesses in Oregon that haven’t in some way benefited from...
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Portrait of Rowan Parker sitting at a computer.

Hello, World: RCC computer science student lands internship with NASA

Most kids who dream of becoming an astronaut never actually become one. But Rowan Parker isn’t like most kids. The former Rogue Community College student has spent the past several months working as an intern with NASA—not as an astronaut, actually, but as a software engineer. And her contribution is making an impact on worlds beyond our own. “NASA is incredible!” Rowan said. “Every day...
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Honoring an original: RCC founder Midge Renton reflects on then and now

Midge Renton is a familiar face around town. The retired teacher and elementary school principalis often greeted with smiles from former students in the grocery store or local shops. “Mrs. Renton, do you remember me?” And quite often, she does. Thousands of working adults in Grants Pass were once under the watchful care of beloved Mrs. Renton. And they have much to thank her for....
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RCC Health Professions Center is open!

The $21.25 million Health Professions Center on the RCC Table Rock Campus will provide a pathway for local students to get into high-paying career jobs and fill a great need for health care workers in the Rogue Valley. This 35,648-square-foot teaching facility features the newest in health care training technology, and is home to all RCC clinical health care programs including nursing, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy and medical and dental assisting. Due to the Covid-19...
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A college is born: RCC celebrates 50 years

Does every vote really count? Phil Nelson, from his personal experience, gives an emphatic, “Yes!” It was 1968 when Nelson, a Grants Pass local, heard Marjorie Holzgang give a talk at North’s Chuck Wagon. The topic: create a community college. He was sold. Soon after, Bill Ford—who would later be a county commissioner—joined the effort. These three “founders” worked tirelessly to createRogue Community College. “We...
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Eccleston named 2020 RCC Outstanding Citizen

Rogue Community College is proud to announce Lynn Eccleston as the 2020 recipient of the RCC Outstanding Citizen Award for distinguished service to the college and community.  Eccleston was recognized during the RCC Commencement on June 13. Eccleston is principal of New Bridge High School in Grants Pass. This unique school is a partnership between the Three Rivers School District and Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, run...
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Outstanding grads speak for class of 2020

On June 13, 2020, Rogue Community College bid farewell to 699 deserving graduates in 34 different fields of study in an online commencement ceremony. They will enter the workforce or continue at universities equipped with valuable skills and knowledge obtained during their many months as RCC students. We wish them great success as they embark on careers that will make a positive impact on their...
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Lessons from a historic spring

By Marina Whitchurch, Public Speaking Instructor Spring 2020 will go down in history. For certain. For a multitude of reasons. But I don’t want to begin where you think I might… Gratitude is something that I’ve been taking more time to acknowledge lately. In this time of uncertainty, it’s been helpful for me to slow down and identify those areas of my life for which...
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