Cathy Kemper-Pelle

President Kemper-Pelle announces plan to retire in 2022

In a June 29 message to the campus, Rogue Community College President Cathy Kemper-Pelle announced her plan to retire at the end of June 2022.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed my leadership role at RCC and will miss working with such a stellar group of individuals,” Kemper-Pelle wrote in an email to employees. “However, Rob and I have five grandchildren who have graciously endured a long-distance relationship, and...
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SBDC welcomes new director

GRANTS PASS — Rogue Community College announces Ruth Swain as new director of the RCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Swain, who recently served as interim director of the Mt. Hood Community College SBDC, brings nearly 30 years of success in managing and leading initiatives for business and community development. She succeeds Ron Goss who recently retired after more than a decade with the RCC SBDC.   Swain has extensive training...
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Founding faculty recall RCC’s early days

In 1970, Mary Slayter was already a role model for young women. She spent a decade earning two college degrees while raising three children, eventually securing a full-time teaching job at Grants Pass High School. Mary believed in the power of education. Which is why, when Rogue Community College opened its doors, Mary wanted in. “I enjoyed teaching at Grants Pass High School, but the...
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Remembering RCC’s first president, Henry Pete

Henry Pete recognized an incredible opportunity — for himself, but especially for the community — when he accepted the role of Rogue Community College’s first president in 1971. “It is not often in a person’s career that he has the opportunity to participate from the beginning in building an institution that is going to have the impact on an area that this new college will...
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Ron Goss receives prestigious Cutler Award

Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center Director Ron Goss was announced this week as the recipient of the 2020 Cutler Award from the Oregon SBDC Network. The award is among the highest honors an SBDC director can receive for services to Oregon businesses and the Oregon SBDC network.  “I doubt that there are many businesses in Oregon that haven’t in some way benefited from...
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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...
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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...
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Ospreys sign head coach for volleyball

MEDFORD — Ospreys Athletics is proud to announce the hire of Christine Nelson as head coach for the inaugural season of women’s volleyball at Rogue Community College. Nelson brings more than two decades of experience coaching volleyball and basketball at the high school and collegiate levels. She comes to RCC from Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, which also competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference...
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RCC marketing team honored with Medallion Awards

The marketing department of Rogue Community College recently earned several Medallion Awards for excellence in marketing from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), a national organization for marketing in two-year colleges. The awards were presented at the Pacific Northwest District 7 Conference in Boise, Idaho in October. RCC earned the following awards: • In the Microsite category, a silver award for the...
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