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RCC_president_letterWelcome to the fourth issue of CareerFocus magazine! I’m now in my third year as president of Roxbury Community College; and, I can state without hesitation that the past few months have been some of the most exciting months of my tenure.

On the academic front, the fall was a busy and productive time for the College. In late September, we were pleased to learn that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) granted our re-accreditation. The faculty and staff at RCC worked tirelessly on the re-accreditation process for many years; in fact, the process was started before I joined RCC, so the campus community was overjoyed by this news.

In the spring, Councilor Ayanna Pressley moved us to tears with her speech at our 40th Annual Commencement Ceremony. It was a pleasure to hear Councilor Pressley’s words of wisdom and encouragement, and to personally congratulate our 351 graduates. Seeing the “Reggie” transform into a grand auditorium for our graduation ceremony has become one of my favorite campus traditions.

The “Reggie” underwent a different, yet equally impressive, transformation to host its’ 20th Anniversary Gala celebration on October 2nd. Governor Charlie Baker served as the honorary event chair, and Mayor Marty Walsh joined the program to congratulate our awardees. The Manhattans performed a memorable hour-long set, and attendees danced long into the night, celebrating 20 years of success at the “Reggie.” Through the Gala, we raised over $150,000 to establish the Bob McIntyre and Frank Mooney Endowment, which will support building maintenance and community programming at the “Reggie.”

In addition to the “Reggie’s” Gala, we hosted numerous other public events at RCC during the summer and spring. On July 18th, we held the 2nd Annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival, featuring an afternoon of music and family fun, followed by an evening performance by Wannetta Jackson and the 2nd Annual “You Rock” Awards Ceremony. We launched the Roxbury Jazz and World Music Series, a collaborative series organized with the help of Berklee College of Music Professor Ron Reid, in September 2015. And, we hosted the US Conference of Mayors’ Community Development & Housing Committee Town Hall: Economic Growth for All, as part of HUBweek, on October 7th.

To support student success, RCC’s Single Stop office partnered with Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP). Through this partnership, MBHP representatives will visit the campus monthly, to provide students with one-on-one guidance on applying for housing resources. The partnership was launched on October 19th, at RCC, with an Affordable Housing Workshop.

You’ll learn more about RCC’s student support services and our stellar academic programs in this issue of CareerFocus. You’ll also read about the events we’ve hosted, and become familiar with some of our new Corporate and Community Education programs.

In closing, I wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season; and, I look forward to seeing you, on-campus, in the New Year.

Kindest Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson

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