Outstanding student achievement recognized at 2022 RCC Honors Night

Rogue Community College faculty and administrators recognized the achievements of more than two dozen students who have excelled in academics or student leadership positions at the 22nd annual RCC Honors Night ceremony held at the Redwood Campus on April 22, 2022. RCC Vice President of Student Affairs Kori Ebenhack hosted the event, which included opening remarks by Roger Stokes, chair of the RCC Board of...

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...

Firefighter in the making

Nayely Contreras had an idea she’d like to pursue a career helping others when she first met with a faculty advisor at Rogue Community College. Maybe nursing, maybe firefighting, maybe even criminal justice. “I was all over the place,” the sophomore recalled. She met with Gary Heigel, chair of the Emergency Services Department, to make a plan. “He helped me out.” Nayely took a few...

Student-athlete sets eyes on the future

Rogue Community College center midfielder Rosendo Juarez Flores has his feet on the soccer field and his eyes on the future. The 22-year-old sophomore, who goes by the nickname Pizo, is just four classes away from completing an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree with an interest in pre-professional medicine. Pizo’s career goal is to become a physical therapist. “It took my knee to...

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...

RCC mechanical engineering student wins prize at statewide invention competition

A mechanical engineering student from Rogue Community College won the community college division of the InventOR Collegiate Challenge on Friday. It’s the third time in four years RCC students have received the honor, which includes a $1,500 prize.  Cesar Navarrete, 31, of Medford, is developing an exoskeletal hand that could help workers from a wide spectrum of industries with jobs that require significant grip strength....

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...

TP Trucking wraps truck in RCC student’s design

On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020, TP Trucking unveiled a new truck design created by Rogue Community College student Wrenn Arbouin. Arbouin’s winning design was chosen from dozens of other designs submitted by students in RCC’s Design & Digital Media program.  TP Trucking, a short and long haul trucking company based in Central Point, created the design contest as part of its campaign to honor and support...