Letter from the President

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RCC_presidentWelcome to the fifth issue of CareerFocus magazine! It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth edition since I started my tenure at Roxbury Community College—the time has certainly flown by! As I pause to reflect on the progress made since I joined the College, I am truly impressed by the growth of our institution, thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students.

The spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year marked yet another flurry of activity and accomplishments on our campus. To start, I need to congratulate our Lady Tigers on winning the NJCAA DIII National Championship! You can read more about their sensational run on page 10. I’m so proud of these talented women for all they have accomplished, on and off of the court. Go Tigers!


President Valerie Roberson with US Senator Edward Markey (D, MA) at a press conference on gun safety and gun violence prevention efforts on October 13, 2015.

On the academic front, our faculty and staff worked tirelessly to ensure that our Nursing and Rad Tech Programs received re-accreditation, and that our Honors Program received formal accreditation from the Commonwealth Honors Program. These accreditations confirm that we are providing our students with the highest-quality programs and services.

And, over the next few years, we’ll have the state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructure needed to continue to deliver our quality programming, thanks to funding from the Division of Capital Assessment Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). On April 7, 2016, we hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony to formally launch the start of $47.5 million in renovations to our campus. Thanks to all of you who attended the ceremony—I hope that all of you will join us for a ribbon-cutting celebration when the renovations are complete.

You’ll read more about the Groundbreaking Ceremony, and other recent events at RCC, in this issue of CareerFocus. You’ll also learn more about the entrepreneurship training offered through our credit and non-credit business programs, our cutting-edge biotechnology program, our unparalleled student support services, and much more.

In closing, I hope to see you on-campus during the next few months. Our third annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. See you there!

Kindest Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson


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