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A message from the President

April 10, 2020

Dear RCC student,

Dr. Cathy Kemper-PelleI want to personally thank you for enrolling at RCC for spring term 2020. These are challenging times, and your decision to continue your education is worth celebrating.

Our course delivery methods look different for many of you due to the governor’s executive order limiting face-to-face gatherings to reduce the spread of coronavirus. However, we are confident that we can help you achieve your educational goals this term in a totally online environment.

Our wildly important goals at RCC are access, success and collaborative partnerships. I have experienced online education as both a student and a faculty member since 1998, and I hope that you will allow me to offer some advice for succeeding in this online environment.

Learn how to function in the online system your instructors are using. It may be classes via Zoom in real time or virtual learning on your own time in Blackboard. If you need help, the Blackboard Help Desk is available 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week at

Focus on your educational goals. These are trying times, but staying focused is an important strategy for success.

Communicate clearly. There is a great deal of room for miscommunication in online environments. Sometimes humor and sarcasm don’t translate well online. When in doubt, ask questions for clarification.

Keep connected. Stay in touch with your faculty and classmates. It may take a little more work in an online environment, but it will help you feel part of a team with a common goal.

Find allies. You may be managing multiple class requirements with other personal demands. Seek out others who understand your situation, whether it’s classmates, instructors, advisors, or counselors. You need a support network, and if you’re struggling to find one, help is available. See our website for services to support students.

Extend grace to others and yourself. These are stressful times, and everyone is learning how to cope with new and difficult experiences. We are in this together.

Learn from experience. If things don’t go well at first, ask for help. Don’t wait. We know this is new and different, and we are here to help you learn and do better. The next 9 weeks will be an adventure in learning. Let us share in this adventure, communicating with each other and providing you with the resources you need to complete your courses successfully.

Have a great spring term,

Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle
President, Rogue Community College

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