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...

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...

Portrait of Marcus Cox

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...

RCC to launch boat welding program

Rogue Community College is launching an Aluminum Boat Welder certificate program designed to prepare students for a career with local sport boat manufacturers. Aluminum boat building is a staple industry in the Northwest and especially the Rogue Valley. RCC’s three-term certificate program will allow students to develop an understanding of basic boat building procedures and welding requirements. From basic vocabulary up to fabrication of scale and full-sized boats, students will learn from industry professionals...

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...