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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Theater department seeks actors, crew for spring play

Students, faculty and community members with a Shakespearean flair are invited to try for a part in the Rogue Community College Theater Arts department’s spring production of the Bard’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” A group audition will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at RCC’s Rogue Performance Hall (black box theater), located on the RCC Riverside Campus at 130 E. Eighth St. in Medford....
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Construction begins for new fire science Educational Center

  Rogue Community College and Jackson County Fire District 3 broke ground Aug. 27, 2018 on construction of a 2,700-square-foot Educational Center in White City. The $1 million project is slated to be completed in January. The project represents a partnership between the two entities, which have a long history of successful partnerships. “We are proud to have such a great partnership with RCC, and...
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Tutor training program aims to boost learning

Rogue Community College is taking steps to improve student learning through better training for its peer tutors, who now have the opportunity to become internationally certified. The college offers 33 peer tutor student worker positions through two departments, Academic Success and the University Transfer/TRiO Student Support Services program. Free tutoring is available to all students enrolled in credit classes at RCC. The primary areas of tutoring are...
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Student achievement celebrated at Honors Night

Rogue Community College faculty and administration recognized the contributions of students who have modeled excellence in academics, service and leadership at the 38th annual Honors Night Ceremony, held April 20 at the Redwood Campus. “Your perseverance and hard work have led to the awards you are receiving this evening,” RCC Board Chair Dean Wendle said to the nominees during his opening remarks. “Many of you...
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Sarah Villagran is a Medical Assistant at Asante

Allied Health: A Pathway to Many Careers

Jobs in the health care field are projected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s more anticipated growth than any other occupational group, resulting in about 2.4 million new health care jobs over a decade. “Health care is a great field. It has a lot of avenues of opportunity for growth,” says Karline Kleker, practice manager for Asante’s primary care clinic in White City, Oregon. “It’s...
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Paving Pathways for Adult Education

In Jackson and Josephine counties, where 20 percent of residents live in poverty and more than one in 10 adults doesn’t have a high school diploma, the Rogue Community College Adult Basic Skills program helps people ages 16 to 60+ overcome obstacles to continue their education and improve their work skills. The program itself faced a major challenge in early 2017 when state budget cuts...
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Fire Science: ‘One of the Best in Oregon’

Community partnerships and hands-on experience are key to many Rogue Community College career technical programs, including the fire science program where student firefighters often work alongside career firefighters as members of an engine crew while completing their degree. That on-the-job experience helps set RCC graduates apart, according to Capt. Ben Kennedy with Jackson County Fire District 3. RCC has “one of the best fire science...
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Auto Technology: ‘It’s Not Just Wrenching’

Anyone who owns a vehicle needs a good mechanic, and RCC’s auto tech graduates are in high demand, according to Pete Ridgeway, co-chair of the RCC Automotive Technology department. “There’s more demand than I have graduates to fill,” Ridgeway said. “The need for entry-level technicians in the auto industry is enormous.” People may not realize college is a path to becoming an auto technician, but... Read more