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Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle
Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Ed.D.
RCC’s College President

We are entering into an exceptional academic year at Rogue Community College, and RCC recognizes the intensity of challenges faced by our students, employees and community. Our purpose is to provide quality educational services to our communities, and to be a beacon of hope through service to others in difficult times. We are an open door college serving everyone, especially populations that are traditionally under-served.

Fall term will continue to be predominantly online with only skills labs and science labs meeting on campus. Among the many programs meeting on site for skills labs are programs that train first responders, nurses, and other healthcare workers. We all hoped for a strong on-campus presence in fall term, but the safety of our students, employees, and community must come first.

RCC campuses will be closed to the general public, and employees and students allowed on campus will be required to adhere to safety measures that include facemasks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning. Our COVID-19 safety protocols are available on our website, and I encourage everyone to review this information.

Faculty and staff made a heroic transition to totally online teaching and support services in March and further developed our online presence over the summer term. Professional development continues so that RCC provides quality online instructional and support services to our students. Students with poor or no Internet access may visit our website for a map of WiFi hotspots throughout our service area or access our campus computer labs to complete their online coursework.

Technical and tutorial support remain available to our students, and access to these resources can be found online in our Virtual Student Center.  Students needing emotional support during these challenging times may contact our counseling office through the Virtual Student Center. Employees needing emotional support may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through our Human Resources website.

Thank you, students, for continuing to pursue your educational goals during these challenging times. Knowing your purpose and pursuing a better future are exceptional tools for growth during this pandemic. You will emerge from this experience a stronger person with new skills and abilities that will serve you well.

I am also grateful to RCC employees for your unwavering support of our college mission to provide students with access to quality learning so they can achieve their dreams and contribute to the vitality of our communities. Now more than ever, affordable education is at the heart of developing a strong economy and creating economic mobility for our residents.

This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a community college, and I hope that the stories we share throughout the year will be an inspiration to everyone as we navigate the twists and turns of COVID-19 together.

Keep safe and hopeful.

Cathy Kemper-Pelle, President