Community Education Offered at RCC

RCC offers a variety of classes that are open to the community, including; Beginning Drawing, Action Drawing for Animation, Introduction to Digital Photography, Business Planning for Success, Plant Identification, Foreign Language…and many more! Teresa Rivenes, Dean of Instruction at RCC, explains that continuing education promotes lifelong learning and can be an entertaining experience. “My work week can often be hectic and at times I need...
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Oregon Promise: A RCC Student’s Experience

High school wasn’t always easy for a 2016-17 Oregon Promise recipient, Megan Gorman. She often found school to be a struggle. After changing schools Gorman found out that she really enjoyed learning, and gained an understanding on the value of education. Gorman relocated to a high school where the instructors continuously encouraged students to apply for scholarships and grants to help assist in furthering their...
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RCCF Organizing Student Alumni Association

The Rogue Community College Foundation (RCCF) is managing a student alumni group for anyone who attended RCC. The purpose of the association is to provide a connection for old and new friends through various events throughout the year. Presently there are no events planned. However, as the association gains momentum, RCCF will begin making plans to organize a kick-off and schedule activities. Be sure to...
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Hip-Hop Dancer Shares Moves and Religion at RCC Performance

The RCC Diversity Planning Board sponsored a pair of performances that challenged audience members to reevaluate their thoughts about stereotypes. Amirah Sackett, the American-born creator of the hip-hop dance group “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic,” presented her beautifully choreographed performance entitled “Love Embraces All.” What stood out was her attire: a floor-length shimmery gold abaya with a black hijab, paired with a pair of colorful Nike...
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RCC’s Athletic Coach, Cole Watson, Takes the Pear Blossom Course Record

Since Zellah and Jerry Swartsley founded and held the first Pear Blossom Run in 1977 the Rogue Valley Family YMCA has continued the long-lived tradition. From its takeoff, the race has grown to 5,648 entrants, all participating for their own personal achievements. One of those athletes was Cole Watson, a Rogue River native and head coach for cross country here at Rogue Community College (RCC)....
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Mark Your Calendars: “We’re Muslims Don’t Panic”

The Diversity Programming Board (DPB) is hosting an internationally-recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Amirah Sackett for two days in April. Sackett is an American Muslim and her acclaimed work is purposed to change common stereo­types about Muslim women. Cyrise Beatty, a local hip-hop teacher and performer from Ashland will be assisting Sackett. Don’t miss this one-hour performance, lecture, and Q&A session in Grants Pass...
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Ebbi Zamani

Ebbi Zamani

In his 20s, Ebbi Zamani dabbled in college courses but never earned a degree. By the time he was in his 30s, married with children, he realized he had not created any strong skill sets or prospects for his career. He resolved to change his future. “I had heard encouraging things about RCC, and community college was an affordable way for me to get serious...
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The RCC effect

RCC today

Rogue Community College (RCC) opened its doors to 1,000 students in 1971. Today, there are more than 17,000 students studying on three campuses. They have over 95 certificate programs and degrees to choose from in high-demand careers ranging from health care to mechanics, electronics, fire science, and business. In addition, half of RCC students are earning transfer degrees to go on to four-year universities. RCC...
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Henry Pete, first RCC president.

A Rogue Community College timeline

1969 “A small cadre of true believers,” led by founder Marge Holzgang, and Midge Renton, Bill Ford, and Phil Nelson circulate a petition to approve a community college in Grants Pass. 1970 Voters of Josephine County approve the college on 84 acres of donated property on Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. Original Board of Education is formed: Bill Ford, Midge Renton, Lyle Haley, Lewis Krauss,...
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