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RCC Board appoints interim member to Zone 3 seat

The Rogue Community College Board of Education on Sept. 21 appointed Central Point banker Jeff Lang to serve as an interim member of the board.

Lang will represent Zone 3 of the RCC District, generally described as northwest Jackson County including Central Point, Gold Hill, Rogue River and Sams Valley. The interim appointment runs through June 2023. 

The Zone 3 position was previously held by Shawn Hogan, vice president of engineering for Linx Technologies, who did not seek reelection. No candidates filed for the seat in the May 18 election.

RCC invites students to Welcome Day on Sept. 15

Rogue Community College is welcoming new and returning students back to school this fall with a pair of Welcome Day events from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass and Table Rock Campus in White City. The fun and informative events are aimed at helping students meet RCC faculty and staff and complete college business prior to the first day of fall classes on Sept. 20.

RCC SBDC to relocate in January 2022

GRANTS PASS — The Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center, which has assisted thousands of emerging and growing local businesses since 1984, is slated to move from downtown Grants Pass to the Redwood Campus in January 2022. 

"RCC is committed to utilizing our resources in ways that enable us to continue to support our students, clients and community, which is why we are relocating the SBDC to the Redwood Campus in January," said President Cathy Kemper-Pelle. "We must model the advice that we give to our business clients."

RCC SBDC to relocate in January 2022

GRANTS PASS — The Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center, which has assisted thousands of emerging and growing local businesses since 1984, is slated to move from downtown Grants Pass to the Redwood Campus in January 2022. 

"RCC is committed to utilizing our resources in ways that enable us to continue to support our students, clients and community, which is why we are relocating the SBDC to the Redwood Campus in January," said President Cathy Kemper-Pelle. "We must model the advice that we give to our business clients."

RCC seeks applications for board vacancy in Jackson County

The Rogue Community College Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill an interim seat on the board representing Zone 3 of the RCC District in Jackson County. The appointee will replace Shawn Hogan who did not seek re-election. Hogan, vice president of engineering for Linx Technologies, was elected to the board in 2017 and served as board chair for 2020-21.

Apply now for short-term health care programs at RCC

Rogue Community College is currently accepting applications for fall admission into several short-term health care certificate programs. 

Applications are open for the medical assistant, medical office assistant, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy certificate programs. In one year or less, students enrolled in these programs can receive training for high-demand positions. Cohort acceptance is based on application scoring and submission date.

The deadline to apply for fall entry to these limited-entry programs is Aug. 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply now. 

RCC President Kemper-Pelle announces plan to retire in 2022

In a message to the campus Tuesday, Rogue Community College President Cathy Kemper-Pelle announced her plan to retire at the end of June 2022.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my leadership role at RCC and will miss working with such a stellar group of individuals," Kemper-Pelle wrote in an email to employees. "However, Rob and I have five grandchildren who have graciously endured a long-distance relationship, and it is time to be hands-on, supportive grandparents before they get too much older."

RCC student wins award at state invention competition

A mechanical engineering student from Rogue Community College won the community college division of the InventOR Collegiate Challenge on Friday. It's the third time in four years RCC students have received the honor, which includes a $1,500 prize.

Cesar Navarrete, 31, of Medford, is developing an exoskeletal hand that could help workers from a wide spectrum of industries with jobs that require significant grip strength. He came up with the idea for ExoHand after developing difficulties with his own grip and hand strength after seven years working in the irrigation industry.

Anticipating the end of restrictions

Dear RCC students and employees,
We are finally turning a corner with rapidly dropping COVID-19 cases in Oregon and, more specifically, Josephine and Jackson counties. Because of the widespread availability of vaccines, Gov. Brown is close to removing most of the current restrictions related to COVID-19. This includes changes to the guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon OSHA. I wanted to take a moment to outline those expected changes and related impacts to RCC operations, and take this opportunity to welcome the RCC community back to our campuses!

RCC to launch boat welding program at High Tech Center

Rogue Community College is launching an Aluminum Boat Welder certificate program designed to prepare students for a career with local sport boat manufacturers.

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