After years of low-wage jobs, RCC grad now pursues career in higher education

At age 16, Kelsey Carlson graduated from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon, but she was unable to afford college, so she started working.   She spent years in low-wage jobs, but when her husband started classes at Rogue Community College to become a diesel mechanic, she thought, “If he can do it, I can do it.”    So she did.   Kelsey started at...

RCC sets up student-athlete for NCAA Division II transfer

Noelani Beard’s dedication to her craft has spanned nearly 5,000 miles from the island of Hawaii to Southern Oregon and across the continental United States to Raleigh, North Carolina.   When a person takes the difficult step into the unknown, there is a vulnerability in not knowing what comes after. For Noelani, it has been no different. Growing up on the islands with limited recruitment opportunities,...

Portrait of Marcus Cox

RCC Veterans Services helps ease the transition from military to college student

Enrolling in college can be daunting, even to a U.S. Marine. After four years in the service, Cpl. Marcus Cox was ready to hit the books but felt overwhelmed by the admissions and registration process. Navigating college almost seemed like too much for the young veteran. “In the service, you’re always told where and when you gotta show up,” he explained. The connection Cox found...

Sea Grant Fellow tutors RCC students in science; they started college at RCC

Genevieve DePuy was 15 years old when they took their first class at Rogue Community College. It was an online class—a decade ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I liked the flexibility,” Gene said, “I could go to high school and then come home and take my RCC class online at my own pace.”   Over the next three years, RCC’s flexibility remained a huge draw for...

Road to recovery: Design student goes from thinking she’s not ‘smart enough’ to earning honors

Students without a clear sense of what they want out of college often end up either quitting without a degree or spending too much time and money trying to find their way, often racking up loads of student loan debt.  Not at RCC. Our mission is to help students achieve their goals. Our Guided Pathways approach helps students find their path and graduate with the...

Outstanding RCC alum Gary Malone helps UO keep its cool

Think you’re too busy to go back to school? Gary Malone wondered, too. But, like many students, he was attracted to the flexibility Rogue Community College offers, which allows non-traditional students to earn a degree while juggling full-time jobs and family responsibilities. This spring, the RCC Foundation has named Gary as recipient of the 2021 RCC Outstanding Alumni Award—proof that the system works. Like many...

Alejandro Velazquez

RCC helps athlete shoot for success

Alejandro Velazquez knows what it’s like to struggle toward a dream. In his plan, 2014 was supposed to be a breakthrough year, the launch of his post-high school soccer career as a freshman at California State University in Monterey Bay. Alejandro’s sports-loving family nurtured his love of soccer and other sports, cheering him on through years of play in championship club teams. He was ready...

Great athletes excel in academics

Question: What makes a great athlete?  Answer: A great student.  Last year at Rogue Community College, a record-breaking 11 student athletes earned All Academic Standing in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Previously, the highest number of RCC athletes to earn the recognition in one year was five.  In order to qualify for All Academic Standing, students must complete at least 36 credits, have a GPA or 3.25 or higher, and have...