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

Here at RCC, we look to the 2021-2022 academic year with hope and optimism. We have accomplished a great deal this past year despite many challenges, and I am very proud of the amazing teamwork which has allowed us to accomplish our mission in an online environment. We look forward to a gradual return to campus over the summer and fall terms where we can engage directly with students, community members, partners, and work colleagues to continue serving the educational needs of our community.

We recently launched a new financial aid software that makes the application and award processes more student friendly and efficient. Our Guided Pathways are readily available on our college website, and we have transitioned to a new advising model providing each student with a support team from advising, financial aid and instruction to help them select their pathway and remain on it to completion.

Our campuses have been reconfigured to centralize student support and instruction and provide easier navigation for students and the community.

In partnership with Southern Oregon University, we recently unveiled dual admissions, concurrent enrollment, transfer, and reverse transfer agreements that smooth transitions between RCC and SOU to ensure students maximize their credits and reduce tuition costs. We also forged agreements with Klamath Community College and Oregon Tech to ensure the residents of southern Oregon have access to excellent career pathways. Our apprenticeship and career and technical education programs continue to thrive, and industry partnerships provide valuable input regarding skills development for the multitude of regional job opportunities employers seek to fill. We are also focused on expanding access to RCC programs for high school students and adult learners as well as connecting students to resources addressing basic needs such as food insecurity.

Our college is kicking off this 2021-2022 academic year with a new strategic plan, developed over the past year with extensive input from students, employees, industry partners, education partners, and community members. This plan will provide RCC programs with a framework for responding to the changing needs of our students and regional employers in a post-COVID-19 and post-wildfire economic recovery. We are here to prepare people from all backgrounds for success in their chosen career pathway, whether it’s their first career or retraining for a new career.

Built into our new strategic plan is a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion across all campuses and departments. This work is ongoing and creates an accessible, welcoming, respectful and safe environment which engages all individuals, beliefs, and ideas fairly.

We look forward to a new academic year and are positioned to offer learning opportunities online, partially online and on campus, and totally on campus.

Welcome to Rogue Community College!