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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RCC history- loggers posing on cut trees

A short history of Rogue Community College

Rogue Community College (RCC) was established in 1970 by vote of the electorate of Josephine County after a long campaign effort by many supporters including Midge Renton, a local school teacher, and the founders of the College, Marjorie Holzgang, Bill Ford, and Phil Nelson. The mission was clear: RCC would provide quality education to help learners achieve their goals and to support the social, civic,...
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Title IX

RCC supports and enforces Title IX

Rogue Community College has a zero-tolerance policy for any discrimination on the basis of sex or gender. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Title IX requires that RCC respond to and remedy any sexual discrimination and ensures that our campuses are a safe and inclusive space for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. If you feel you...
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Midge Renton

RCC Foundation thanks all of its contributors: past, present, and future

Here are three examples of hundreds of our supporters. PAST Midge Renton and her husband, Bill, moved to Grants Pass from San Francisco in 1966. “After crying all the way up the freeway, we arrived to fog, fog, fog,” she recalls. But soon she and Bill fell in love with the Rogue Valley and became active in the community. In 1969 Midge became one of...
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the haul restauraunt, a SBDC success story

Startups Successful with RCC Small Business Development Center

The Haul has become a great place to grab a bite and a brew in downtown Grants Pass. The restaurant has operated out of 121 S.W. H St for almost two years now.  It’s the result of a collaboration between three Applegate residents—Jon Conner of Conner Fields Brewing and Fulcrum Dining caterers Chad Hahn and partner, Gabriella Rysula,—who met through local farmer’s markets and became...
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The Warricks at their southern Oregon vineyard

Gift for Technology

High Technology Center Receives $25,000 Gift RCC’s High Technology Center is designed to be a hot spot of learning. The Foundation has been hard at work raising funds for this new, state-of-the-art facility where students will engage in hands-on classes, labs, and special projects related to a variety of advanced technical fields including welding, manufacturing, machining, computer aided drafting, electronics, and computer science. Recently, the...
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