Dr. Valerie Roberson and Senator Elizabeth Warren who visited RCC in the first of a series of conversations with government officials, opinion leaders and authors committed to our community.
Welcome to the second issue of the Roxbury Community College CareerFocus Magazine. I am pleased to announce that RCC has been recertified as an “Achieving the Dream Leader College” by the national Achieving the Dream initiative. The recertification recognizes RCC’s commitment to improving student success and equity, and demonstrating important student success metrics over a three-year period. Leader Colleges embody the goal of Achieving the Dream: lasting change that helps more students reach their goals.
In addition, RCC was endorsed by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC) for our degree in Biotechnology and certificate in Biomanufacturing with the 2014 Platinum endorsement. This is the second time that MLSEC has recognized RCC. In 2010 the College earned The Gold Endorsement. These endorsements recognize the contributions that community college programs are making to develop a skilled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce across the Commonwealth.
Further, RCC is participating in the College Success Campaign to double the numbers of Massachusetts college graduates from low-income backgrounds and college graduates in the state with STEM degrees.
To better serve the needs of our students we have instituted a series of changes at the college including: initiating Career Gateway which uses technology to connect students, businesses and the community; installing a new student lounge and main campus lobby; hiring a new food service called the Sate’ Grill which is a minority owned business enterprise; and refreshing the RCC website.
These changes reflect the evolving needs of the College and our commitment to strengthen RCC’s connection and service to the larger community. Together we can help our students prepare for better jobs and careers in the highly competitive, global environment of the 21st century.
Dr. Valerie Roberson