Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Ed.D.
RCC’s College President
Greetings from your president!
Rogue Community College thanks our community for its support of the bond levy in May 2016. Bond passage has paved the way for RCC to improve physical facilities and expand transfer and workforce programs to meet employer needs in the Rogue Valley. At no extra cost to Josephine and Jackson county taxpayers, RCC’s bond sale generated $23.35 million instead of the anticipated $20 million. This additional bond premium was the result of RCC receiving a high grade (AA2 ) bond credit rating. We anticipate an additional $8 million match from the state of Oregon, resulting in a total of $31.35 million for capital improvements.
Initial projects for both counties have been identified. Our first Table Rock Campus project will involve the renovation of an existing building to allow expansion of welding, advanced manufacturing, and other technical programs. Our first Redwood Campus project will focus on utilities infrastructure improvements necessary for renovation of the science laboratories. These new facilities will provide the high-technology learning environments needed to prepare our students for employment.
A recent study by Georgetown University indicates that 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require some college by 2020. This is due to increased use of technology in the workplace. If the U.S., and specifically Southern Oregon, are to remain globally competitive, we must provide our business and industry partners with a technologically skilled workforce. RCC is committed to providing high quality, affordable education that is close to home and consistent with the needs of our community. We truly care about our students’ success in college and beyond because we know that their success results in economic prosperity for the Rogue Valley.