sarah reedy nursing student

Sarah Reedy

Life can take plenty of twists and turns. Sarah Reedy knows that firsthand. When she was 16 years old, her mom, Sheri Nottingham—a Rogue Community College employee—passed away unexpectedly. Sheri’s best friend and coworker Pamela Peckham took Sarah under her wing and helped her get on track for a college degree in nursing. “I decided to become a nurse after being in close contact with...

Midge Renton

RCC Foundation thanks all of its contributors: past, present, and future

Here are three examples of hundreds of our supporters. PAST Midge Renton and her husband, Bill, moved to Grants Pass from San Francisco in 1966. “After crying all the way up the freeway, we arrived to fog, fog, fog,” she recalls. But soon she and Bill fell in love with the Rogue Valley and became active in the community. In 1969 Midge became one of...

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...

Veteran Chris Cooper

Veterans and RCC

When Chris Cooper returned home from Marine combat deployment in Iraq, he had to figure out how to be a civilian again. Through the GI Bill he enrolled in Rogue Community College where he learned to juggle school, family, and work—a common challenge for many adult learners. Yet Chris faced the added struggle of adapting to life outside the military, the only life he had...

patrick bailey, and EMS RCC success story poses in front of a fire truck

EMS Graduates Get Jobs

Patrick Bailey Patrick Bailey is the youngest firefighter ever hired by Jackson County Fire District 3. At 21 years old, he has seen more action than most people three times his age—and he loves his job. “Raft rescues, rope rescues, vehicle extrications, structure fires, and even delivering babies—I could be a part of these on any day I go into work,” Patrick says. “How could...

avista program success stories of student entrepreneurs

Avista, A Hands-on Program with Unlimited Futures

What can the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship do for your business dreams? Here are three graduates and their businesses. Kimberly R. Chaplin—Creative Insurance Options After 26 years working at all different levels of the financial and insurance industry with frequent travel, Kimberly decided to stay local and spend more time with her family.  With the help of the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship she planned, developed,...

Oregon Community College Association

RCC names 2014 All Oregon Academic Team Scholars

Nikolas Alexander and Vanessa Stangil are this years’ Rogue Community College recipients of the 2014 All Oregon Academic Team Scholars. Both students will be honored with a trip to Salem in April with other All Oregon Academic Team Scholars, meet Governor John Kitzhaber, and be presented with a medallion recognizing their achievement. All Oregon Academic Team Scholars also receive an Oregon transfer scholarship of at...