Dan Petersen portrait

Alum blazes a trail in firefighting industry

Dan Petersen is not a professional photographer. Forty-two years ago, he might have been surprised to hear that. Originally from Chicago, Dan moved west with his mom in the late ’70s, graduated from high school and adjusted to life in a smaller community. He got a job at a local camera shop and decided to enroll in the Rogue Community College Associate of Arts Oregon...
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New Nursing Assistant program meets a growing need

There are 73 million baby boomers in the United States. By 2030, all of them will be 65 or older. Who’s going to take care of our aging population?  Rogue Community College is stepping up—with the new Nursing Assistant program. This non-credit workforce training course is designed to prepare students in as little as six weeks to pass the nursing assistant certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.  “Wherever there is...
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Oregon community colleges receive $5 million to develop workforce pipeline in cybersecurity, manufacturing

Rogue Community College and eight community college partners in Oregon were recently awarded a $5 million consortium grant to develop a workforce pipeline for jobs in cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing.  The Oregon consortium is one of 11 recipients nationwide awarded a share of a $40 million grant package announced Jan. 15 by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Strengthening Community College Training Grant program aims...
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Portrait of Millie Shawn

Nursing grad finds her path through GED

Rogue Community College (RCC) has been the path to affordable job training and college education for thousands of Southern Oregon residents. As many as 40 percent of them are the first in their families to attend college. The path for these pioneers often starts with earning a high school certification by passing the General Education Development (GED) test. When her three daughters were older, Millie...
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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...
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A college is born: RCC celebrates 50 years

Does every vote really count? Phil Nelson, from his personal experience, gives an emphatic, “Yes!” It was 1968 when Nelson, a Grants Pass local, heard Marjorie Holzgang give a talk at North’s Chuck Wagon. The topic: create a community college. He was sold. Soon after, Bill Ford—who would later be a county commissioner—joined the effort. These three “founders” worked tirelessly to createRogue Community College. “We...
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Eccleston named 2020 RCC Outstanding Citizen

Rogue Community College is proud to announce Lynn Eccleston as the 2020 recipient of the RCC Outstanding Citizen Award for distinguished service to the college and community.  Eccleston was recognized during the RCC Commencement on June 13. Eccleston is principal of New Bridge High School in Grants Pass. This unique school is a partnership between the Three Rivers School District and Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, run...
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Juliette Antolin poses for a photo with her children.

You can do it, too

Juliette Antolin quit high school in ninth grade. She never thought she could get a diploma, much less graduate from college. But all that changed when she walked through the doors of Rogue Community College. “It had been a lot of years since I’d been in school,” Juliette said. “I was so afraid that I didn’t have the knowledge, I felt I was so behind,...
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RCC technology leads to top jobs

Most people try to avoid software bugs. Brett Lapierre goes looking for them.  As a quality assurance technician for Microvellum Software, Brett’s job is to replicate and verify reported bugs in the company’s woodworking software before passing those bugs on to a team of developers to get fixed. Every day he diagnoses and troubleshoots software issues—and loves every minute of it. A graduate of RCC’s computer science program,...
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Jason Meyer

Racing Toward Success | RCC helps motorsports entrepreneur design a new future

Jason Meyer has been racing dirt bikes since he was 14 years old. A self-proclaimed “dirt bike nut,” he built an award-winning custom Honda CR500 in 2010, which was featured in two magazines and over a dozen industry websites around the world. And that was just the start. “Building my own bike fulfilled a dream of mine,” Jason said. He remembers being the oldest and...
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