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RCC SBDC Earns Kudos for Focus on Business, Job Creation

GRANTS PASS — Thanks to the accomplishments of the RCC Small Business Development Center, Rogue Community College is one of five community colleges across the nation this spring to be recognized as a College of Excellence by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). The award was presented at the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference April 15 in Orlando.  The NACCE recognized...
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RCC Foundation News

The RCC Foundation Welcomes new Board Members Medford Attorney Nick Naumes is with the firm of Frohnmayer, Deatherage et al. As a graduate of RCC, and a veteran, he has experience that makes him a great asset. A fifth generation native of the Rogue Valley, he served in the US Navy for five years. Mr. Naumes received a certificate from the RCC Reserve Officer Law...
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Recognizing outstanding organizations…

…and individuals that support education Each year, Rogue Community College recognizes an individual or organization with the RCC Outstanding Citizen Award. For 2019, RCC honored Scott Chancey, program supervisor of Josephine County Transit, for his distinguished service to the college and community in providing an affordable and reliable pathway to RCC. In the past 10 years, Chancey has ensured the affordability of the JCT services;...
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The RCC Effect

Rogue Community College is an economic engine for Southern Oregon that generates more than $239 million annually for the region’s economy, according to an economic impact study released in 2017. The analysis by Economic Modeling Specialists International, or EMSI, of Moscow, Idaho, examined data from fiscal year 2015–16 to calculate the impact of RCC’s operations and student spending, as well as the higher earnings of...
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Banding Together

Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium: What does it mean for Southern Oregon? Southern Oregon is fortunate to boast several excellent colleges and universities, each known and respected for a variety of strengths. Yet when it comes to choosing a college, students are faced with choosing one or maybe mapping out their journey from one college to another on their own. It’s a tough decision and...
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RCC students changing the world – one bee at a time RCC faculty work for the success of their students, often encouraging them to participate in competitions. Here is just one example of an engineering instructor who saw an opportunity for his students. Did you know? The global ecosystem is at risk due to a decline in the worldwide bee population. Because bees are responsible...
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Cathy Kemper-Pelle

Why Community Colleges Work

I know from first-hand experience the transformative power of community colleges. As a higher education institution, they are a center of advanced learning and the development of new ways to view the world. At the same time, the community college environment is less intimidating than a university. Class sizes are smaller, and there is a strong commitment to connecting students to academic, social, and personal...
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Beyond the GED: Bellwether Award

Thinking about getting your GED? What if you could earn college credit at the same time and get a head start on a degree? You can— with RCC’s nationally recognized Concurrent Enrollment Program. Led by Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Department Chair Julie Rossi, the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) sets its sights beyond the GED to preparing GED-eligible students for higher education and better job opportunities....
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SOHOPE grant leads to better paying jobs

For many people, college is a dream that seems out of reach. Students from low-income families often can’t afford tuition, which leaves them feeling stuck. Lack of education leads to fewer job opportunities, which lands people right back into the same financial struggles they grew up with. But not anymore. Southern Oregon HOPE is breaking the cycle and giving members of our community a real...
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