Rogue Community College is a two-year community college with locations in the cities of White City, Grants Pass, and Medford, Oregon.First established in 1970, RCC too over a former federal training facility known as Fort Vannoy. Today, the campuses serve the entire Rogue Valley area.
Academic courses of study include a wide range of degree and certificate Students can enroll for up to two years, after which they can find a job in their field or continue on to a four year college or university. Many students, however, are already in the work force and come to study for certification in their fields.
Accreditation is granted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Department of Education. The college has 92 full-time faculty members and over 600 part-time instructors.
Many people use their education here as a stepping stone to 4-year universities, particularly within the Oregon University System. It’s a great way to get your basic course requirements, while saving a little money. However, plenty of students enter into career and technical programs, which result in a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. Some of the programs include: automotive technology, dental assistant, nursing, landscape technician, massage therapy and criminal justice.
There are also basic skills programs available to help less-advanced students in reading, writing and mathematics. These programs help people to go back and get their GED. English as a Second Language is also offered. Additionally, distance education is available through online courses. Local high school students also have the opportunity to take classes. Many students use this opportunity to get a head start on college credit.
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The student services department is one of the strengths of the school. The guidance available to students is plentiful, and runs the gamut in variety. There is a counseling department that offers not only class planning, but also helps students to cope with stress or adjust to school. Not to mention that there are services of all kinds for disabled students. There are also special programs to provide any necessary assistance to Latinos, women and veterans.
In keeping with the school’s mission to provide educational opportunities to any area resident who wishes to access them, admissions are open. The only requirement for traditional students is that they have a high school diploma or GED. In-state residency is not a requirement. RCC – Redwood even accepts out-of-state and international students.
The application process is quite easy, but if you need help, there are counselors standing by to lend you a hand. The application itself can be completed online, as well as class registration. Placement tests will help to make sure that you are registered for the right level classes.
Although community colleges are known for their low tuitions, some people still require financial assistance to be able to attend. Over 50 percent of students who attend RCC receive financial aid. The school’s financial aid office helps students to secure grants, loans, scholarships, veteran’s benefits and even part-time employment at the college.
The office recommends that potential students apply about two to three months before they wish to begin their studies in order to receive the best possible financial aid package. The office Web site warns “the later you apply, the less assistance may be available.” As with any college or university that meets the eligibility requirements for federal funding, filling out the FAFSA form is the first step toward securing financial aid.
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As with most community colleges, the student body is non-residential. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t the same kinds of activities and clubs that you would find at a college with dormitories. The core student association is the Associated Student Government, which helps to unite the three campuses and keeps the entire student body represented. The Byline is the campus’s student-published newspaper, for which any student can submit an article.
In addition, there are dozens of student clubs and association including: Art Club, Book Club, Drama Club, Physics Club, Christ on Campus, Environmental Sustainability Club and Spanish Study Club, just to name a few. If you can’t find one that fits your needs, the Student Services office will guide you through the process of creating your own. And if your grades are good enough, you can participate in the activities planned by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.
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The athletic department fields teams in men’s soccer and women’s soccer. Although they have been a part of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in the past, they are not currently affiliated with any association. The school mascot is the Ospreys.
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