Student Project Culminates in Pollinator Garden

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”  ― Robert Louis Stevenson Taking an idea and helping it grow is the underlying theme of a class project that started in the spring and culminated this fall with the planting of a pollinator garden outside the Riverside Campus bookstore in downtown Medford. The garden, designed to benefit bees and...
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Virtual Simulator Helps Criminal Justice Students Prepare

The Rogue Community College criminal justice department recently obtained a new tool to help students virtually train for the wide variety of situations that law enforcement and corrections officers could face on the job. The MILO Range Advanced System Simulator is loaded with more than 700 interactive scenarios that are projected onto a wall or screen, allowing students to safely step into realistic role-play situations...
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Ann Trausch with a Electronics Student

Teachable Minutes: Electronics

  Hi, this is Ann Trausch at Rogue Community College and I teach in the electronics department. And people ask me what’s the difference between electronics and electricity all the time. Well, electricity is about the generation, distribution, and use of electrical energy. This energy is used to charge our cellphones, power the lights, computers, cars, washers and dryers and many more devices in our...
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TRiO Educational Talent Search Funding Renewed

The College received a continuing grant award of $1,420,800 from the USDOE through 2020 to further the work of the TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, which is intended to improve college readiness for disadvantaged students in grades 6-12. The College’s TRiO-ETS program was initiated in 2005 and is currently serving over 600 students. RCC program director, Janet Basney said, “Participants in the program have...
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Heather Greer SOHOPE grant recipient

Grant brings HOPE to Southern Oregon Students

September 30 marked the first year of Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination, a federally funded program empowering low-income students to embark on rewarding and sustaining careers in health care. Megan Jeffries is one of those students. In March, the 29-year-old seasonal forestry dispatcher enrolled in RCC’s medical assistant program, and with the help of Southern Oregon HOPE was able to cover the cost of...
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TRiO is the Connection to College for Students Who Qualify

Through TRiO, Rogue Community College has helped thousands of southern Oregon students get into and complete college. These federally-funded programs are designed to motivate and support low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Serves...
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RCC programs prepare students for high-demand jobs

Many Rogue Community College programs and trainings match the top 20 occupations listed by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, including those with the highest projected increases in jobs for 2022. “Throughout RCC’s history, one of our main missions has been to prepare students for jobs that are in demand,” said RCC President Peter Angstadt. “Our local advisory committees help keep RCC’s...
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Amanda Dickey and Chip Layton, RCC Physical Therapy Assistant students (left) with Susan Wallace, a Lane Community College instructor.

Health care degrees an avenue to high-paying careers

Helping people recover from accident or illness is just one reward the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program offers RCC students Amanda Dickey and Chip Layton. The program is offered in the Rogue Valley through a partnership with Lane Community College (LCC). “Our instructors are knowledgeable and really care to make sure we know what we are doing,” said Dickey, who previously worked in operations management...
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RCC helps industry meet growing need for skilled workers

Manufacturing is resurging in the Rogue Valley, but industry is having a hard time finding skilled workers to fill key jobs. To help meet that need, RCC is gearing up its industrial technology trainings with a focus on high-demand jobs. Steven Foster, chair of RCC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department, has observed an upsurge in manufacturing in the Rogue Valley from small to medium to larger...
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