Aspiring teacher grateful for scholarship, opportunities

Shannon Dabel knows how to take care of people. As the wife of an Army veteran, she spent several years as a stay-at-home mom, raising four children in various communities both stateside and abroad. When her husband David retired, he attended RCC and earned a degree in human resources while Shannon continued caring for their growing family—which now includes three “adopted” developmentally disabled women who...
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Scholarship makes huge difference for mom

Kira Burkett is a motivated young woman. The wife of a bike mechanic and mom to two daughters, ages 5 and 2, Kira juggles a busy family life with full-time school at RCC. She admits the balance isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it. “The most important goal for me is to be a role model to my daughters,” Kira said. “Attending school and working toward a career I’m passionate about shows my children...
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Student achievement celebrated at Honors Night

Rogue Community College faculty and administration recognized the contributions of students who have modeled excellence in academics, service and leadership at the 38th annual Honors Night Ceremony, held April 20 at the Redwood Campus. “Your perseverance and hard work have led to the awards you are receiving this evening,” RCC Board Chair Dean Wendle said to the nominees during his opening remarks. “Many of you...
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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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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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Meet 2017 RCC Graduate M.A. Zamani

Graduating June 17 with a 4.0, M.A. Zamani will be receiving his Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design. Zamani expressed, “I feel like all the hard work I’ve been putting in is paying off. I feel like I deserve this!” When Zamani was younger he dropped out of college because he felt a degree would not prove his self-worth. But after returning, Zamani explains,...
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Meet 2017 RCC Graduate Katie Standish

Katie Standish, 2017 RCC graduate, is beyond thrilled to be walking in Saturday’s commencement ceremony. “I am so excited, so ready! This term has been crazy and definitely a test of endurance. I had to keep on, keeping on until it was done…not giving up. Life also has been crazy this term and so has all of the math. I am so ready to do...
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Meet 2017 RCC Graduate Kodie Gallegos

RCC graduate, Kodie Gallegos, has reason to be proud. She has worked extremely hard to be who and where she is today. In her senior year of high school, Gallegos had to make the difficult decision between following her family during their relocation to another state or to stay behind in order to finish out her educational path here in Oregon. Ultimately, with the love...
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Oregon Promise: A RCC Student’s Experience

High school wasn’t always easy for a 2016-17 Oregon Promise recipient, Megan Gorman. She often found school to be a struggle. After changing schools Gorman found out that she really enjoyed learning, and gained an understanding on the value of education. Gorman relocated to a high school where the instructors continuously encouraged students to apply for scholarships and grants to help assist in furthering their...
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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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