Fire Science: ‘One of the Best in Oregon’

Community partnerships and hands-on experience are key to many Rogue Community College career technical programs, including the fire science program where student firefighters often work alongside career firefighters as members of an engine crew while completing their degree. That on-the-job experience helps set RCC graduates apart, according to Capt. Ben Kennedy with Jackson County Fire District 3. RCC has “one of the best fire science...
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Auto Technology: ‘It’s Not Just Wrenching’

Anyone who owns a vehicle needs a good mechanic, and RCC’s auto tech graduates are in high demand, according to Pete Ridgeway, co-chair of the RCC Automotive Technology department. “There’s more demand than I have graduates to fill,” Ridgeway said. “The need for entry-level technicians in the auto industry is enormous.” People may not realize college is a path to becoming an auto technician, but... 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...
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medical worker

Teachable Minutes: Being Truthful to Your Doctor

  Hi, this is Jeremy from the medical assistant program at Rogue Community College. Did you know that being truthful to your doctor can improve your overall health? It’s true, our medical assistant students know that people who withhold information from their doctor are more likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and their doctor could misdiagnose their condition, or misread signs or...
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cooking classes at RCC

Thai cooking: Sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty in every bite

Photo and article by: KATHLEEN ALAKS/Daily Courier A rich, pungent, aroma wafts through the classroom kitchen at Hidden Valley High School as chef Emily Moore stirs chopped garlic and shallots in a hot wok. “The technique is called dry frying, which is frying without oil,” Moore explains. “It’s usually used for spices, but in this case the shallots and garlic are dry fried so they...
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Diana Cooper at RCC

Why One Student is Earning her Degree in Family Support Services

Diana Cooper is a bridge between people. As a Community Health Worker for a local organization, she connects patients and their families with doctor’s offices, social agencies, rehab facilities, and other resources they need to rebuild a healthy life. Whether she accompanies a member to an appointment or helps a family fill out paperwork, she is passionate about every aspect of her job. Why? Because...
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Suzanne Chavez during the 2017 Winter Term.

The View Back: An RCC Instructor’s Experience

Suzanne Chavez has watched Rogue Community College grow and change since it began in 1970. What started with a few buildings in Grants Pass has now grown to cover two counties and has three separate campuses. “I’ve always liked Rogue,” said Chavez, 61, who currently teaches Spanish courses there as well as oversees the college’s Foreign Language department. “In this case, the name ‘community college’...
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Kevin Kuhn

The Future is Happening at RCC

Kevin Kuhn plans to be a doctor. But first the Logos Charter School high school junior needs to earn his diploma and his college degree, which he’s doing simultaneously at Rogue Community College. Logos Scholars Academy is an early college program offering personalized education with college campus options for motivated students. One of the unique attractions of the Logos program is that high school students...
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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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