Welcome to third issue of the RCC CareerFocus magazine! As this issue follows our recent 40th commencement ceremony, it provides an opportunity for reflection—an opportunity to pause, mark our achievements and review the highlights of the past several months:
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awarded RCC with a 3 million dollar capital grant to build additional science labs and renovate existing lab space for our new Life Sciences Institute (LSI). This will greatly enhance the learning experience for approximately 1,100 students enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Biotechnology courses. In support of our community, RCC sponsored or partnered with external organizations to host a broad assortment of public forums, special events and student roundtables. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former Governor Deval Patrick visited our campus to discuss issues of college affordability, upward mobility and employability with our students. Concerns about community policing brought over 300 people to a public forum for civic dialogue with activists and public officials including Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Police Superintendent William Gross and NAACP Boston Chapter President Michael Curry, Esq.
The Media Arts Center at RCC hosted its share of special events over the past few months, including a staging of the “Glass Menagerie” and a series of book signings that brought the acclaimed “Portraits of Purpose” photo exhibit by noted photo journalist Don West to campus. And Nike and the NCAA hosted two separate nationally televised track and field meets at The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (the “Reggie”) which marks its 20th anniversary this Fall, with a fundraising celebration.
There was plenty of excitement at the “Reggie” and beyond when our men’s and women’s basketball teams each won their way to the NCAA national tournaments. In Track & Field, RCC athletes earned individual recognition at the state and regional levels. Look for our Tigers to come roaring back this Fall.
You’ll read about all of these recent events, and much more, in this issue of CareerFocus. I hope that you’ll enjoy learning more about our programs, the commitment of our faculty, and the success of our students. Enjoy the summer months, and please feel free to drop by RCC at any time—we are here all summer long, ready and eager to serve as a resource for the community at large.
Dr. Valerie Roberson