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...

Portrait of Rowan Parker sitting at a computer.

Hello, World: RCC computer science student lands internship with NASA

Most kids who dream of becoming an astronaut never actually become one. But Rowan Parker isn’t like most kids. The former Rogue Community College student has spent the past several months working as an intern with NASA—not as an astronaut, actually, but as a software engineer. And her contribution is making an impact on worlds beyond our own. “NASA is incredible!” Rowan said. “Every day...

Outstanding grads speak for class of 2020

On June 13, 2020, Rogue Community College bid farewell to 699 deserving graduates in 34 different fields of study in an online commencement ceremony. They will enter the workforce or continue at universities equipped with valuable skills and knowledge obtained during their many months as RCC students. We wish them great success as they embark on careers that will make a positive impact on their...

Student film debuts at Ashland festival

Karl Sorenson’s short documentary “The Old Man of Crater Lake” has been named a finalist in the college undergrad category in the 19th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival’s Launch Student Film Competition.   A student in the RCC Design + Digital Media program, Sorenson chose to shed light on a local story that he had grown up hearing. The Old Man of Crater Lake refers to a 30-foot hemlock stump that...

Logos senior shines on and off the field

Jaida Ross writes letters to her future self. She’s determined to capture defining moments in her own words and remind tomorrow’s Jaida to keep pursuing her goals—in academics, athletics, the arts and beyond. Remarkably wise for an 18-year-old, she encourages herself and her classmates to be the best possible version of themselves.   And she’s off to a pretty impressive start.  Jaida and her twin sister Jazzlynn are both students at Logos Public Charter...