Paving Pathways for Adult Education

In Jackson and Josephine counties, where 20 percent of residents live in poverty and more than one in 10 adults doesn’t have a high school diploma, the Rogue Community College Adult Basic Skills program helps people ages 16 to 60+ overcome obstacles to continue their education and improve their work skills. The program itself faced a major challenge in early 2017 when state budget cuts...
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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

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...
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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...
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Ann Trausch with a Electronics Student

Teachable Minutes: Electronics

  Hi, this is Ann Trausch at Rogue Community College and I teach in the electronics department. And people ask me what’s the difference between electronics and electricity all the time. Well, electricity is about the generation, distribution, and use of electrical energy. This energy is used to charge our cellphones, power the lights, computers, cars, washers and dryers and many more devices in our...
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TRiO Educational Talent Search Funding Renewed

The College received a continuing grant award of $1,420,800 from the USDOE through 2020 to further the work of the TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, which is intended to improve college readiness for disadvantaged students in grades 6-12. The College’s TRiO-ETS program was initiated in 2005 and is currently serving over 600 students. RCC program director, Janet Basney said, “Participants in the program have...
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Heather Greer SOHOPE grant recipient

Grant brings HOPE to Southern Oregon Students

September 30 marked the first year of Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination, a federally funded program empowering low-income students to embark on rewarding and sustaining careers in health care. Megan Jeffries is one of those students. In March, the 29-year-old seasonal forestry dispatcher enrolled in RCC’s medical assistant program, and with the help of Southern Oregon HOPE was able to cover the cost of...
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TRiO is the Connection to College for Students Who Qualify

Through TRiO, Rogue Community College has helped thousands of southern Oregon students get into and complete college. These federally-funded programs are designed to motivate and support low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Serves...
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