After years of low-wage jobs, RCC grad now pursues career in higher education

At age 16, Kelsey Carlson graduated from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon, but she was unable to afford college, so she started working.   She spent years in low-wage jobs, but when her husband started classes at Rogue Community College to become a diesel mechanic, she thought, “If he can do it, I can do it.”    So she did.   Kelsey started at...

After losing her home in Almeda fire, mom-to-be pursues two degrees to build a better future for her family

For 14 years, Whitney Barnard has worked in design. Now, she’s at Rogue Community College in order to get into a more highly-paid position. She knows she needs a design and digital media degree to get promoted, but also has leadership aspirations. That’s why she’s pursuing two degrees at once at Rogue: one for design and digital media and one for business and marketing to...

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Seventeen Teams Compete for InventOR $30,000 Top Prize

Rogue Community College hosts twelve colleges to compete for top student invention of 2022 (GRANTS PASS, OR)—Seventeen teams from 12 Oregon colleges and universities are headed to the Rogue Community College (RCC) Redwood Campus in Grants Pass to compete in this year’s Invent Oregon (InventOR) finals. An exciting competition for college and university students, InventOR offers a platform for the creation of new inventions to...

From learning English to digital design, RCC student draws a new path for her future

Laura Quintero Antón is a person who cares about her community. During the 2020 Almeda Fire that decimated Talent, she served as a translator for Spanish-speaking residents who lost their homes. Laura was able to provide this service because she is a native Spanish speaker who learned English in Rogue Community College’s English Language Acquisition (ESL/ELA) program. Now, just six years after moving to Southern...

RCC sets up student-athlete for NCAA Division II transfer

Noelani Beard’s dedication to her craft has spanned nearly 5,000 miles from the island of Hawaii to Southern Oregon and across the continental United States to Raleigh, North Carolina.   When a person takes the difficult step into the unknown, there is a vulnerability in not knowing what comes after. For Noelani, it has been no different. Growing up on the islands with limited recruitment opportunities,...

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...

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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...