Rogue inventors heading to state competition

Two teams of eco-oriented student innovators from Rogue Community College won $2,500 and an invitation to the statewide InventOR Collegiate Challenge after presenting their inventions to a panel of local businesspeople earlier this month. RCC’s two semi-finalist teams are Mission Franklini, which designed a non-lethal device to count pollinators, and Turner Motor Company, which is developing a hydrogen-powered combustion engine to reduce vehicle emissions. Mission...
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Go green! Your guide to RCC’s Earth Week

The community is invited to attend free Earth Week events, April 16-19, 2018, hosted by the RCC Green Team celebrating the Earth’s natural resources, promoting their protection for future generations, increasing your awareness, and finding ways to get involved in sustainability and stewardship. AT THE RIVERSIDE CAMPUS Higher Education Center (HEC 127/129, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford) Lunch and Learn: Science, Faith and Climate Change. Drop in for a free lunch...
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Have you actually met a DACA student?

Jocksana Corona is an honor roll student and familiar face on the RCC Riverside Campus, where she’s worked at the Counseling Department for the past three years. The 33-year-old is also a busy wife and mother, the kind who volunteered at her child’s preschool and served as president of the elementary PTA. Just before spring break, Jocksana completed her two-year transfer degree at Rogue Community...
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What’s the value of a free lunch?

In the fall of 2017, with a full year as college president under her belt, Cathy Kemper-Pelle initiated a campus luncheon series to create an opportunity for “meaningful dialogue” among RCC employees. Once a term on each campus, the president hosts an informal luncheon for a dozen guests. All faculty and staff are welcome; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. As a starting point,...
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Are You Ready to Choose Happiness?

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re not sure what it means to be “happy,” or would like to increase your own happiness, consider the Happiness Project. A handful of RCC students are studying the concept of happiness and what it means to be happy, as well as methods for increasing their own happiness, thanks to a support group offered...
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Sarah Villagran is a Medical Assistant at Asante

Allied Health: A Pathway to Many Careers

Jobs in the health care field are projected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s more anticipated growth than any other occupational group, resulting in about 2.4 million new health care jobs over a decade. “Health care is a great field. It has a lot of avenues of opportunity for growth,” says Karline Kleker, practice manager for Asante’s primary care clinic in White City, Oregon. “It’s...
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Ossie needs your help!

RCC mascot Ossie Osprey is competing in the 2018 NWAC Mascot Challenge, a social media competition with a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the winning school. Each week of the challenge, the 11 participating colleges post a photo of their campus mascot on their social media sites and rally their community to “like” the image. To vote for Ossie, “like” our posts on Facebook, Twitter and...
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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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Education: A Good Investment

Rogue Community College is an economic engine for Southern Oregon that generates more than $239 million annually for the region’s economy, according to an economic impact study released earlier this year. The analysis by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) of Moscow, Idaho, examined data from fiscal year 2015-16 to calculate the impact of RCC’s operations and student spending as well as the higher earnings of...
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