Don’t let engineers talk over your head

Jessica Simpson already had a bachelor’s degree, but when she needed additional training in a new career field, she signed up for classes at Rogue Community College. “I came to Linx Technologies with a mechanical engineering degree, which did not really focus on electronics, so I was lacking in knowledge about what we do here,” conceded Simpson, operations manager for the Merlin-based wireless components company....
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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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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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