Online classes provide flexibility for working mom

Originally from Merced County, California, Holly Smyth has been in Grants Pass since 2005 and started attending classes at Rogue Community College to get her GED in 2012. Years later, she decided to return to finish what she had started and received her GED in October 2019. She is now working for her associate degree. “I know I need an education,” Holly says, “because I...

Portrait of Michael Surgeon

Teacher’s lesson: Building community is key to student success

Michael Surgeon has always wanted to teach.   Right out of high school, he knew he needed to start higher education — but the nearest university was too expensive, so he turned to community college. “I definitely made the right choice,” Michael says. “RCC was the place where I developed as a student. Erika Giesen and Verne Underwood really kept me on track in the humanities.”...

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...

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...

Congrats to the Class of 2021

50th Commencement celebrates student accomplishments during challenging year

GRANTS PASS — In celebration of the grit and determination of 512 graduates who persevered to complete their programs despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Rogue Community College will host a drive-through “Carmencement” on the Redwood Campus to mark its 50th Commencement on Saturday, June 19, 2021.   “While we continue to practice social distancing, we are very much looking forward to a fun, in-person...