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RCC programs prepare students for high-demand jobs

Many Rogue Community College programs and trainings match the top 20 occupations listed by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, including those with the highest projected increases in jobs for 2022. “Throughout RCC’s history, one of our main missions has been to prepare students for jobs that are in demand,” said RCC President Peter Angstadt. “Our local advisory committees help keep RCC’s... Read more

Amanda Dickey and Chip Layton, RCC Physical Therapy Assistant students (left) with Susan Wallace, a Lane Community College instructor.

Health care degrees an avenue to high-paying careers

Helping people recover from accident or illness is just one reward the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program offers RCC students Amanda Dickey and Chip Layton. The program is offered in the Rogue Valley through a partnership with Lane Community College (LCC). “Our instructors are knowledgeable and really care to make sure we know what we are doing,” said Dickey, who previously worked in operations management... Read more

Kevin and Helen Gill own Clouser Drilling and pose in front of one of their drilling rigs

SBDC helps drilling company weather recession

The economic crash of the past decade forced at least one Grants Pass business to build new skills and sharpen it’s business focus – aided by the RCC Small Business Development Center. “The recession helped us get better,” says Kevin Gill, who with his wife, Helen, owns Clouser Drilling, Inc., in Grants Pass. “Our industry was affected right at the beginning of the recession. Phones... Read more

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... Read more

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RCC helps industry meet growing need for skilled workers

Manufacturing is resurging in the Rogue Valley, but industry is having a hard time finding skilled workers to fill key jobs. To help meet that need, RCC is gearing up its industrial technology trainings with a focus on high-demand jobs. Steven Foster, chair of RCC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department, has observed an upsurge in manufacturing in the Rogue Valley from small to medium to larger... Read more

Joe Momyer RCC counselor

Lost your job? Follow these steps to redirect your career

When you’re laid off or fired from a job, the first reaction normally is shock. “This can’t really be happening to me!” As a former corporate human resources executive, I can tell you that there are few events in anyone’s life more traumatic than losing a job. But you can take positive action that can result in positive outcomes. Here are my suggestions: First, don’t... Read more

RCC's Redwood campus arboretum in the fall

RCC arboretum a southern Oregon treasure

It’s a little-known gem, but the RCC Redwood Campus houses an arboretum that features a collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world. First begun some 33 years ago, the arboretum includes many native trees, some of which were donated as living memorials. The arboretum also educates the community about the diverse tree species that grow in the region, serves as an outdoor... Read more

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RCC injects millions into regional economy

Rogue Community College has graduated more than 200,000 students and pumped millions of dollars into the economy since opening its doors in 1970. Financial aid alone, which RCC students receive to attend college, delivers about $35 million each year. About half that goes toward institutional expenses, according to Anna Manley, RCC director of Financial Aid, and the other half is refunded as excess aid for... Read more