Millwright at Boise Cascade
Before I went to RCC, I spent six months driving from Medford to Portland for business school. I soon realized I was more of a hands-on, get dirty type person, and I had no desire to be behind a desk. So I enrolled in RCC’s industrial welding and metal fabrication program, the perfect place to gain that skill. RCC was right here in my hometown, and the staff at the processing center made the enrollment process nice and easy—even for a blue collar kind of guy like me.
The instructors are by far the best I have ever encountered in a learning environment. They assisted in any way that they could, and they worked with me around my hectic life including a full time job and four kids. The amount of knowledge I gained from the instructors in welding was bar none! With the skills I learned, plus a letter of recommendation from an instructor, I secured a great job at Boise Cascade, where I’m working now as a millwright.
For me, college was just like a job. As a U.S. veteran, I got paid through VA benefits to attend class full time. If I could, I would go back again and take the exact same welding courses again and again—that’s how impressed I was with the whole RCC welding experience. I truly believe an RCC education is the best baseline for a successful start in a new career.
Jennifer Harlow, Character Animator at DreamWorks Animation SKG, in Glendale, CA.
I attended RCC from March 2004 until I graduated in June, 2006, earning an Associate of Arts degree. I chose RCC to establish my prerequisites and build my portfolio, which was an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had in high school. Once I learned that RCC had an art department that spanned both traditional and digital art forms, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to enroll at RCC.
My favorite instructor at RCC was Carl Seyboldt. He was my first official art teacher and his lessons were very eye-opening to someone like me, who had never had the opportunity to take an art class before. My draftsmanship improved greatly due to his teachings, as I learned the crucial technical aspects of drawing in perspective and how to draw a range of subjects from people, to creatures, to automobiles.
Overall, I had a very positive experience during my time at RCC. I was constantly encouraged to pursue my dreams of becoming an animator, and the classes and faculty provided me with the needed skills to grow as a person and artist.
Shana Ogle, MN, RN, CPN
Professional Development Specialist/Clinical Educator Asante Three Rivers Medical Center
With a husband and three children, “traditional” college attendance was not an option. And as a health care worker, I needed not only a local facility, but one that could adapt to my individual schedule. I enrolled in the Associate of Arts Oregon transfer degree program and was able to complete all of my prerequisites for my bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) through Rogue Community College. The tools and resources I learned at RCC not only provided the stepping stones to complete my BSN, but also to return to school later and accomplish my dream of obtaining my master’s degree in Health Systems and Organizational Leadership.
The prospect of college can be intimidating to some people—the thought of leaving home, moving somewhere new, and creating a new life. Rogue Community College campuses give students the ability to stay local for their academic experience. Even if you are still deciding “what you want to be when you grow up,” RCC is a wonderful place to start. With so many varying programs to choose from, you are sure to find one that fits you as an individual. Many four-year programs require similar pre-requisites. You can begin taking classes now that will transfer to most universities, so even if your goal extends beyond an associate’s degree, Rogue Community College is there for you wherever your journey may take you. You just have to take the first step!