RCC’s Markforged Metal X 3D printer is a first for Oregon community colleges

By Steve Foster, Instructor and Department ChairRCC Manufacturing, Engineering Technology & Mechatronics In January 2021, Rogue Community College became the only community college in Oregon to have a Markforged Metal X in-house for faculty and student use. How did this come to be? Well, it began like so…. 3D printing, also referred to in the manufacturing industry as additive manufacturing, is currently being used in...

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Volunteer, advocate, student: An RCC founder recalls ‘it’s all for the community’

In 1969, three people sat around a table with an idea—to transform the old Fort Vannoy Job Corps campus into a bustling center of higher education. Community leaders Bill Ford, Marjorie Holzgang and newcomer Phil Nelson—a local attorney, the youngest of the group—are credited today for founding Rogue Community College, a staple of Rogue Valley culture and opportunity. But imagine fifty years ago, when Jackson...

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 principal is 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...

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...

An instructor confesses: I have issues

By Marina Whitchurch, Public Speaking Instructor Last year my wife and I had a conversation about my going back to school to get my Ph.D. I told her, after much thought and reflection, that I did not want to be a student again. I felt I had passed some sort of invisible threshold that, for myself, wouldn’t allow me to keep up with today’s use...

Bringing meditation into the classroom

By Marina Whitchurch, Public Speaking Instructor It is often said, “I’d rather do ANYTHING else than do public speaking!” I’ve been teaching speech and communication classes for more than 15 years and I can safely say that this sentiment is shared by over half of all students that have ever entered my classroom. In an effort to control my own anxieties, I began to bring...

Open education improves educational access and effectiveness

It’s Open Education Week! To celebrate this worldwide celebration of open sharing of resources in education, register for the Southern Oregon Open Education Summit on April 24th. Sponsored by Open Oregon, this one-day conference on Open Educational Resources and open pedagogy will include faculty, staff, administrators and students from Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua community colleges, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology. OERs are...

New nursing director plans to meet rising need

There’s a new face on campus, and she’s poised to make an impact. Paula Calcaterra joined Rogue Community College in August as Director of Nursing. She and her husband moved from Idaho to take on the challenge of managing RCC’s growing nursing degree programs. Paula’s wealth of experience in nursing education and hands-on patient care is sure to equip our nursing students for success in...

RCC recognized for workforce development

GRANTS PASS – Rogue Community College is pleased to announce several members of the RCC family received awards from the Rogue Workforce Partnership at its annual awards celebration on May 29. The awards and recipients are as follows: Oregon Workforce Partnership – Workforce Champion Award: Lynn Black, assistant director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development; and Juliet Long, Dean of Instruction, Science and Technology. SOREDI Quest...