SOREDI director named 2020 Outstanding Alum

Where were you in 1999? While the world partied Prince-style and braced for Y2K, Colleen Padilla was graduating from RCC as Business Student of the Year. Now two decades later, she’s receiving another distinguished honor—the 2020 RCC Outstanding Alum Award, granted by the RCC Foundation. As executive director of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), Colleen is a champion for launching and growing prosperous...
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RCC grad works out the kinks

Tense muscles? Armando Garcia has the cure. As the co-founder of River Stone Massage & Wellness in Grants Pass, Armando is devoted to improving his clients’ quality of life through massage therapy—a skill he gained at Rogue Community College. “I decided to go back to school for the massage therapy program as it was the natural and most logical progression to increase my scope of...
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RCC technology leads to top jobs

Most people try to avoid software bugs. Brett Lapierre goes looking for them.  As a quality assurance technician for Microvellum Software, Brett’s job is to replicate and verify reported bugs in the company’s woodworking software before passing those bugs on to a team of developers to get fixed. Every day he diagnoses and troubleshoots software issues—and loves every minute of it. A graduate of RCC’s computer science program,...
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Racing Toward Success | RCC helps motorsports entrepreneur design a new future

Jason Meyer has been racing dirt bikes since he was 14 years old. A self-proclaimed “dirt bike nut,” he built an award-winning custom Honda CR500 in 2010, which was featured in two magazines and over a dozen industry websites around the world. And that was just the start. “Building my own bike fulfilled a dream of mine,” Jason said. He remembers being the oldest and...
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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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Two-year degree helps grad secure a financial future

Peter Goodwill was piecing together odd jobs and barely scraping by when he decided to pursue a career in electronics. Rogue Community College helped him find his path. “I knew that I wanted to get into electronics before I came to RCC and, as I went through the program, it just strengthened my desire to get into that field,” said Goodwill, who earned an Electronics...
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RCC seeks names of outstanding alumni

Do you know a Rogue Community College graduate who deserves to be recognized for outstanding achievement? The RCC Foundation is seeking the community’s help in recognizing alumni who have made notable contributions to their profession, the community or the world. Nominations for the RCC Outstanding Alumni Award are open through April 5, 2019. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate....
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Don’t let engineers talk over your head

Jessica Simpson already had a bachelor’s degree, but when she needed additional training in a new career field, she signed up for classes at Rogue Community College. “I came to Linx Technologies with a mechanical engineering degree, which did not really focus on electronics, so I was lacking in knowledge about what we do here,” conceded Simpson, operations manager for the Merlin-based wireless components company....
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Animator named 2018 Alumnus of the Year

The RCC Foundation is pleased to announce Jennifer Harlow as Rogue Community College’s Alumnus of the Year for 2018. Harlow is currently the lead animator at L’Atelier Animations in Montreal, Canada. In addition to supervising a team of animators, she is the lead animation director for a new Netflix series called Robozuna, about a boy and his homemade robot attempting to free their oppressed nation...
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