Student Project Culminates in Pollinator Garden

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”  ― Robert Louis Stevenson Taking an idea and helping it grow is the underlying theme of a class project that started in the spring and culminated this fall with the planting of a pollinator garden outside the Riverside Campus bookstore in downtown Medford. The garden, designed to benefit bees and... Read more

Making a Stronger Community with the Rogue Innovation Hub

  Rogue Community College is working with the City of Grants Pass and community partners to develop an innovation hub/maker space in Grants Pass. What are maker spaces and innovation hubs? In general,they are places where people get together to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover things collaboratively, using a variety of tools and materials. They take many forms and can focus on anything from... Read more

Rogue Community College Sets a Path for the Future

After more than six months of gathering data and input from the community, business and industry, faculty, students, and staff, Rogue Community College has developed a new strategic plan to guide its work through 2020. “We are so appreciative of the many people who volunteered their own time to participate in surveys, forums and the steering committee,” says Cathy Kemper-Pelle, president of RCC. “It was... Read more

Business and Education Partner for Student Success

Two students, Erin and Tony, can’t see why they are in school. College is expensive, and besides, there are no jobs, they say. What’s the point? Erin and Tony think about dropping out when they turn 16. They are disconnected. But there are great local entry level jobs in the Rogue Valley: places like Carestream Health, which produces chemical coatings for medical imaging; Oregon Swiss... Read more

What’s Happening with the Bond-Funded Projects?

Rogue Community College is going to work on the first of several projects funded by the $23 million bond approved by voters in 2016. Here is a quick look at the current milestones. High-Tech Center This is a renovation of an 11,800-square-foot building adjacent to the Table Rock Campus, or TRC, in White City. It will be home to several career technical programs including manufacturing,... Read more

An Interview with President Kemper-Pelle

Rogue Community College President Cathy Kemper-Pelle was recently interviewed for the “Innovation in Education” radio program on KMED FM 106.7. Kemper-Pelle discussed Rogue’s efforts to build strong community and business partnerships, the college’s strategic plan and upcoming capital improvement projects. For the complete interview, listen on YouTube or read the transcript here: Greetings Southern Oregon, this is Julie Niles-Fry with “Innovation in Education” brought to you... Read more

Virtual Simulator Helps Criminal Justice Students Prepare

The Rogue Community College criminal justice department recently obtained a new tool to help students virtually train for the wide variety of situations that law enforcement and corrections officers could face on the job. The MILO Range Advanced System Simulator is loaded with more than 700 interactive scenarios that are projected onto a wall or screen, allowing students to safely step into realistic role-play situations... Read more

RCC Employees Grow Their Leadership Skills

In addition to helping students learn and grow, Rogue Community College is committed to growing and nurturing leaders within our staff. Each year RCC selects staff members to participate in the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development (OILD). This year, RCC employees Rose Passione and Alena Siddon were nominated and attended the conference in June in majestic Silver Falls State Park. “Community college leaders are retiring at... Read more

Photographing the Solar Eclipse

Hello and welcome to the first ever blog post for the Digital Photography class! Today I’m going to share some info on photographing the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, and share an update on the new Community Education section of CS125dp, the Digital Photography Class. Eclipse… There is a lot of buzz and preparation for the total solar eclipse that will be starting... Read more