»MEET THE STUDENT GROUPS
THE MAGAZINE OF ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
THE NEW RCC COMING FALL 2017
CRIMINAL JUSTICE MENTORING
THROUGH THE TIERED COMMUNITY MENTORING PROGRAM
» ATHLETICS UPDATE » OPEN ENROLLMENT
BOSTON OKUNDAYE SGA President and “29 Who Shine” award winner
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome » As I complete my fourth year at
Roxbury Community College, I’m in awe of the transformation the College has undergone. Physically and academically, RCC is a college on the move! Last April, we broke ground on our first major construction project since the College was constructed, and we’ve already had our first Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of our Renewable Energy Project. You’ll learn more about our $72.5 million in renovations in the coming pages. On the academic front, we’ve seen great improvements in our advising systems, tutoring resources, and support for remedial education. We’ve also grown our holistic student services to include additional support through Project Access, new student organizations—such as the National Society of Leadership and Success
— and new student support groups, including the “RCC Brotherhood,” a support group for male students. We’re also taking the lead in working with industry professionals to develop programming that directly impacts current workforce needs. For example, RCC is working with a consortium of leaders from several local corporations, including Skanska, to design an associate degree program to address the lack of skilled technicians needed to run and maintain “high-performance buildings” (also known as “green buildings” or “smart buildings”). We plan to begin offering this program in 2018. And, we take pride in continuing to serve as the hub for civic engagement in Roxbury, even in the midst of construction. We’ve hosted numerous public forums at the Reggie Lewis Center, including a meeting of the Joint Committee
on Ways and Means in March 2017. I hope that you enjoy learning more about the fabric of RCC over the coming pages. And, I sincerely hope that you’ll come to visit the campus to see the new face of RCC when the fall semester begins. Sincerely, Dr. Valerie Roberson President, Roxbury Community College
One College. Countless Opportunities. Classes Begin September 6, 2017
Get a head start by applying online, today! Learn more at www.rcc.mass.edu/bsb or call us at 617-541-5320
Inside Questions regarding Roxbury Community Collegeâ€™s curriculum, programs, or admissions can be directed to 617-427-0060. Publisher Dr. Valerie R. Roberson, President of Roxbury Community College Managing Editor Jordan Emily Smock Editorial Committee Nadia Lazo Vanessa Lewis Nancy Santos Phuong Tang Photography Phuong Tang, Pamela Green Cover Photo Andrew Bakinowski Designer Daniel Goodwin, Bay State Banner Copy Editor Sandra Larson, Bay State Banner Visit Roxbury Community College online at www.rcc.mass.edu or call us at 617.427.0060 Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees Mr. Gerald Chertavian, Chair Mr. Michael Curry, Esquire, Vice Chair Mr. Glynn Lloyd, Treasurer Mr. Mark Culliton, Secretary/Clerk Ms. Amanda Fernandez Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg Ms. Mayra Leith Ms. Josiane Martinez Mr. Steven Tompkins Ms. Amanda Schaefer, Alumni Trustee Mr. Jusu Coker, Student Trustee Dr. Valerie R. Roberson, President of Roxbury Community College
updates and news 2 Year in Review at RCC
9 Athletics Update
4 The New RCC Coming in Fall 2017
8 Criminal Justice and the Tiered Community Mentoring Program
10 Corporate and
Community Education Programs at RCC
Mission Statement Roxbury Community College (RCC) provides a nurturing environment, where all community members are welcome, regardless of past education. We transform lives through excellence and innovation, preparing our learners for active citizenry and success in a changing world. Statement of Publication This is an official publication of Roxbury Community College. Course offerings, dates, tuition, fees, and other information are subject to change. The College reserves the right to revise any material described in this publication. The information in this publication is provided for convenience, and the College disclaims any liability that may be incurred. This publication is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract. Affirmative Action/EEO Statement of Non-discrimination Roxbury Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. All inquiries concerning application of the above should be directed to the College's Affirmative Action Officer, Coordinator of Title IX, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator.
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UPDATES AND NEWS
Year in Review
» Roxbury Community College is host to countless athletic events,
cultural programs, student activities, and civic engagements each year. These photos capture some, but not all, of the engaging events hosted at RCC over the past calendar year. Keep an eye on our website for information on recent events, and to learn more about upcoming events at RCC!
Dr. Valerie Roberson and Marshall Hughes, director of RCC’s Media Arts Center, pose with the commemorative Dorothy Height stamp, which was unveiled at the First Church of Roxbury on February 27.
RCC staff and Reggie Lewis Center supporters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, which was held at the Reggie Lewis Center on January 28.
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Participants and employers pose with RCC staff at the annual Corporate and Community Education Appreciation Event in June 2016. This yearly event serves as the RCC “thank you” to our corporate partners.
A group of administrators from technical colleges in Pakistan pose with Dr. Roberson. Each semester, administrators from Pakistan visit RCC to learn more about the community college system in the US.
On Nov. 4, RCC’s library hosted a student field trip to Salem to provide additional learning opportunities about “The Scarlet Letter,” the College’s One Book, One Campus Selection.
Members of RCC's Muslim Student Association pose with Okolo Rashid, co-founder of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, after her lecture on the Legacy of Timbuktu Exhibit.
On Nov. 18, the Sensational Seniors packed the Reggie Lewis Center’s gym for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, where the seniors are treated to a full Thanksgiving meal, served by RCC staff and students.
MEET OUR STUDENT GROUPS
» At RCC, we take pride in offering student groups and
academic organizations to further learning outside of the classroom. Get to know about a few of our clubs directly from our students.
Phi Theta Kappa creates bonds where you get to know others outside of the classroom and brings together a scholarly community.
Aeffia Feuerstein was named one of the Coca-Cola Foundation Bronze Medal Scholars, a national award issued to a select group of students to help further their undergraduate studies.
At the 2nd Annual “Hijab in the Hallway,” sponsored by the MSA, Fashion Designer Nahdra Ra Kiros created hijab for RCC community members using African fabric.
MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Our Muslim Student Association (MSA) is fully committed to educating both Muslims and people of other faiths about the culture of Islam, and facilitating programs that benefit every student on our campus. In a recent collaboration with the Muslim Justice League and the Society of Professional Journalists, the MSA hosted “Press & Speech: Freedom & the War on Terror,” a forum discussing ways the war is being used to restrict press freedom and police social media content. The event offered a space for healing and reflection to its attendees. “We are trying to bring new experiences to campus and get the campus community together,” says Shugufta Butt, president of the Muslim Student Association. “It’s about uplifting one another and dispelling stereotypes about Muslims and Islam.”
ONLINE: Learn more about This experience allows me to our student activities PHI THETA KAPPA apply my education and have an by visiting www.rcc. As members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa impact on the real world. mass.edu/ Alpha Iota Mu Chapter, RCC students have access student-life to a network of like-minded learners who share an When Boston Okundaye arrived in the interest in academic excellence. United States from Nigeria in November Being a part of the Iota Mu Chapter has given students 2014, he was just two months shy of Boston Okundaye, like Aeffia Feuerstein and Delores Manning opportunities for individual starting his academic career at Roxbury SGA President and growth and development. Both Manning and Feuerstein were named Community College. Now a Business Ad“29 Who Shine” to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team in a ceremony ministration major, he also is the President award winner. at the Massachusetts State House in March of this year. of the Student Government Association (2016-2017) and an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter (2015-2017).
I have been provided a platform for success, and the support here is incredible. Being here has been motivating for me; not many people get this opportunity.
Delores Manning, who balances her academics with a role on the Disciplinary Board and membership in clubs like Sister to Sister, has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since her second semester.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
RCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the official student voice to the RCC Administration, the Board of Trustees, and the Massachusetts Board of Community Colleges. The mission of SGA is to earnestly represent the interests of students and increase student engagement by focusing their efforts on creating and continuing viable and effective student services, preserving and protecting RCC, and supporting students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors. SPRING 2017 | WWW.RCC.MASS.EDU | 3
THE NEW ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COMING IN FALL 2017 » In April 2016, Roxbury Community College formally cel-
The Renewable Energy Project — Now Complete
Government officials, community members, faculty, staff, and students joined the RCC administration to formally celebrate the completion of the Renewable Energy Project on April 28, 2017.
On Friday, April 28, 2017, Roxbury Community College hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to formally celebrate the completion of our Renewable Energy Project, which commenced in August 2016. The Renewable Energy Project includes 115 geothermal wells, 500 feet deep beneath parking lot #1, to function as a heating and cooling source. On the surface, there is parking for 320 cars, in addition to electric charging stations for up to six cars. Above the lot, there is a solar canopy with approximately 3,000 solar panels representing nearly a megawatt of power. Additionally, there is efficient LED lighting under the PV canopy deck to help increase security for students. The Renewable Energy Project is part of the larger $20.1 million Energy Savings Performance Project, which comprises 23 energy conservation measures, including campus-wide interior and exterior LED lighting enhancement and a complete upgrade of the College’s Energy Management System. The project is expected to save RCC approximately $860,000 annually.
ebrated the start of our $72.5 million campus construction project, funded by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). Our renovations started in August 2016 and will end in Summer 2018, with many of our renovated buildings re-opening in Fall 2017! The renovations planned for our campus will address the infrastructure updates required for the College's long-term success.
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Opening in Sept. 2017 — RCC’s Allied Health Suite Our Allied Health programs have always been a source of pride for RCC. Beginning in September 2017, all of our Allied Health programs, both credit-granting and non-credit, will have a home that’s reflective of their long-standing academic excellence. The new Allied Health Suite in Building #4 includes three fully-equipped simulation rooms for maternity, trauma, and general care. The suite also includes a surgical technician operating room, a radiology lab, a full nursing skills lab with seven bays, a CNA training room, a phlebotomy training room, a new lecture hall, the CVS Pharmacy Training Center, a student lounge, and a nursing meeting room.
RCC’s Nursing Program is excited to move into our new space for fall 2017! We will have a state-of-the-art simulated hospital which includes: a labor & delivery suite, pediatric & adult patient rooms, OR, trauma room, radiology, exam room, general simulation and skills room. RCC nursing will also have a new classroom, computer lab, and lounge! Our current students say ‘please give us more simulations’ and moving forward we will be able to do that and augment didactic and clinical learning with simulation!
— Lynn Doyle, Interim Director, Nursing Program
Students in RCC’s nursing program receive hands-on instruction using simulation equipment purchased with the Massachusetts Skill Capital Grant, awarded by the Baker Administration. This top-of-the-line equipment will be moved to the new Allied Health Suite and augmented by addtional new simulation equipment.
Thanks to DCAMM, NBBJ and the W.T. Rich Company for their continued excellence in overseeing our campus renovations.
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COVER STORY BEFORE
Above, when rain forces events indoors, we typically move into the first floor hallways. As you can see, we always make the best of these situation; however, we’re really looking forward to having a formal Student Commons!
Above, this past summer, we held open registration in the first floor of the Library, due to a lack of common areas. In Fall 2017, we’ll move events like this to the new Student Commons.
Below, a rendering of the first floor hallway in front of the new Student Commons, completed with new flooring, seating, and tables.
Below, a rendering of the new Student Commons, which will comfortably seat approximately 300 students. AFTER
New Student Commons and Bookstore Building #3 at RCC, our primary academic building, is undergoing the largest transformation through our renovations. While much of the work will continue through 2018, the first floor of Building #3 will be completely transformed for the fall 2017 semester. The first floor of the library will be converted into our new Student Commons, which can comfortably seat approximately 300 students at a time. The Commons will include a formal food service area, equipping RCC students with an official cafeteria for the first time in years. The campus bookstore will also be renovated and expanded. Both spaces will incorporate warm autumn tones in design,
creating a welcoming atmosphere. The Student Commons will exist primarily as a large open space; however, it can split into four separate rooms for meetings, activities, and group discussions, from time to time. This will allow for even more special lectures and supplemental academic programs to be held at RCC. “It’s vital for students, faculty, staff, and community members to have warm and inviting spaces on campus for communal activities,” says Dr. Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College. “I am looking forward to seeing the common areas at the end of the summer, and to inviting the RCC community to use those spaces.” “This College is a hidden jewel in the city — we have phenomenal professors, great academic programs, a strong student support network, and fantastic transfer opportunities,” says Jusu Coker, RCC’s Student Trustee. “Because of these renovations, the quality of our facilities is starting to match the quality of our College.”
Thanks to DCAMM, NBBJ and the W.T. Rich Company for their continued excellence in overseeing our campus renovations.
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The New and Improved Media Arts Center
ONLINE: How can you help? Visit www.rcc.mass. edu/media-arts-center to learn more about our chair campaign or how to become a corporate sponsor!
The Media Arts Center, located at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, directly across from the Roxbury Crossing train station, is a hub for the arts in our community. Over the years, our 500-seat auditorium has hosted plays, musical performances, dance recitals, public lectures, community forums, and more. Every month, well-known local artists display their work in the Joan Resnikoff Gallery for the public to come and enjoy for free. And each summer, youth from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and surrounding areas enroll in the Summer Arts Intensive to master the performing arts under the guidance of some of Boston's best teachers. As with any facility, time takes its toll. The Media Arts Center is over 27 years old and still had all of its original components — until renovations commenced in January 2017. The DCAMM-funded renovations were completed first, which included new lavatories , a new HVAC system, energy upgrades, and handicapped-access to the mainstage in our auditorium. Currently, the RCC-funded renovations are underway. These renovations include new chairs, a new sound system, a new lighting system, and new carpeting. The RCC-funded renovations are made possible through private donors and a generous $127,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which was matched by the Roxbury Community College Foundation. The cost of these renovations is over $300,000, and we’re still raising the funds.
Above: The cast of “Taking Up Space” takes a well-deserved curtain call at the end of the play, in Fall 2016. Below: From left to right: Vice President of Advancement and Community Affairs Lorita Williams, Sound Technician Oliver Seagle, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Marshall Hughes, and Vice President of Administration and Finance Kevin Hepner take a tour of the Media Arts Center, mid-renovation. Bottom: The panel discussion following “Topdog/Underdog.” From left to right: Robbie McCauley, Ashleigh Gordon, Kimberly McLarin, Daniel Callahan, and Marshall Hughes. The Huntington Theatre hosted this RCC event. We look forward to these incredible events returning to campus when renovations are complete.
Thanks to DCAMM, NBBJ and the W.T. Rich Company for their continued excellence in overseeing our campus renovations.
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PROGRAMS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Criminal Justice Mentoring
THROUGH THE TIERED COMMUNITY MENTORING PROGRAM
GET IN TOUCH: Want to learn more about the Criminal Justice Program at RCC? Contact: Nunotte Zama, Criminal Justice Department Chair at email@example.com or call 617-427-0060 ext. 5124
» Teaming practicing attorneys of color with diverse
students in high school, college, and law school, the Tiered Community Mentoring Program, made possible through the Mass Bar Association, seeks to offer guidance and resources for students to make informed decisions regarding their futures and careers. The collaboration between the Bar Association and local schools and universities was implemented in order to give inner-city students an opportunity to learn about the legal field through handson experiences. “For anyone interested in law, it is a great start,” says Kerby Forges, who graduated from RCC in May and will begin studying law at UMass Boston this Fall. Forges credits the program with providing RCC students with resources regarding the law school admission process and an inside view of the practice of law through their attorney mentors. As a member, he recalls sitting in on the appeal for a criminal case, shadowing attorneys in the court room, and touring the State House and the Senate Chambers as well, all experiences he might not have had if not for RCC and Mass Bar. RCC has participated in the program since its inception in 2009, providing our Criminal Justice students like Forges with access to legal professionals who can help to educate them on many of the career opportunities available to them. The program’s focus on building a diverse mentoring network for its participants provides students with a 8 | RCC GAZETTE | SPRING 2017
comfortable atmosphere to cultivate relationships with successful criminal justice professionals. “Our student’s first contact with a judge shouldn’t be as a defendant,” says Professor Nunotte Zama, one of the program’s academic advisors at RCC. Through the Tiered Community Mentoring Program, students have had the opportunity to sit in on real cases and interact with immigration attorneys, the Governor’s legal counsel, FBI, ATF, Superior Court Judges, and CORI professionals, among other professionals. Alumni of the program at RCC have gone on to study law at Northeastern University, Newbury College, and other institutions.
UPDATES AND NEWS
RCC ATHLETICS UPDATE
» For athletes at RCC, the educational experiences in the classroom are complemented by those in athletics that promote discipline, teamwork, leadership, and good sportsmanship.
This season was tremendous for the Lady Tigers, who became the 2017 Regional Champions after defeating the Gateway Lions. Players Ana Marcelin and Gianni “Gigi” Hill were both named to the Regional All-Tournament Team, and Gigi was named Tournament MVP. After securing the regional championship, the Lady Tigers finished their season second in the nation, at the 2017 NJCAA DIII National Championship Tournament. Ana Marcelin and Gigi Hill were again named to the All-Tournament Team.
Breonna Pinkcett powers through Bunker Hill’s tough defense.
The RCC Tigers powered through a rebuilding season, which ended in February 2017. Freshman guard Laurence Chery ranked #7 in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game, and was ranked #6 in the conference in assists, averaging 4.9 assists per game. Jared Mosley averaged 6.4 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. Jabril Hassan showed improvement throughout the year, Freshman guard Imer Ortiz finesses his way past Bunker Hill's defense. and we expect to see him contribute more next season. Pedro Ramos is one of the rare two-sport student-athletes — he also plays soccer for RCC. Freshman Guard Imer Ortiz, who led the conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game, was also named a 2016-2017 NJCAA Region 21 All-Star.
TRACK AND FIELD
The RCC Track and Field teams were also strong competitors this year. RCC’s Track and Field teams were incredibly successful during the season and at nationals! During the season, Andriana Higgins was ranked first in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 100-meters and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. At nationals, Adriana won the 100-meter hurdles (breaking the national record in the process) and the 400-meter hurdles. During the regular season, Brian Donna was ranked second in 400-meter hurdles and javelin, and third in the 110-meter hurdles and pole vault. He also ranked sixth in the high jump and 10th in the long jump. Brian won the 400-meters at nationals. Ed Barretto was ranked sixth in the 400-meter and 13th in the 200-meter. At nationals, Ed finished eighth in the 100-meter dash. Congratulations on a successful academic and athletic year to these students and their supporters. For additional athletics coverage, please visit our website or follow us via social media.
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PROGRAMS: CCE AND LIFELONG LEARNING
Corporate and Community Education Programs at RCC GIVING OUR COMMUNITY A CHANCE TO SHINE
» At RCC, we take pride
FALL 2017 COURSES — REGISTER NOW
GET IN TOUCH: Ready to learn more or register? Contact: Corporate & Community Education, Building #2, Room 101. Call 617-541-5306 or visit www.rcc. mass.edu/cce
in offering the Greater Roxbury community short-term training programs that lead to immediate career success. Whether you are looking to change careers, advance in your current career, or learn a new skill, we have a program that meets your needs. Learn more about some of our successful graduates — and make sure you contact our Corporate and Community Education Office (CCE) to learn more about registering for a fall program!
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Above, in June 2016, we opened our new Pharmacy Technician Training Center, sponsored by CVS Pharmacy. All Pharmacy Technician Training classes will be taught in this space in Fall 2017.
Home Inspection 9/5/2017 9/1/2017 Community ESOL 9/6/2017 9/1/2017 Home Health Care 9/12/2017 9/8/2017 Pharmacy Technician 9/13/2017 9/8/2017 High School Diploma or GED/ HiSET, proof of immunizations, and CORI Office Administration I 9/13/2017 9/8/2017 Phlebotomy Technician 9/19/2017 9/15/2017 High School Diploma or GED/ HiSET, proof of immunizations, and CORI Veterinarian Assistant 9/19/2017 9/15/2017 High School Diploma or GED/HiSET Medical Interpreter 9/25/2017 9/22/2017 High School Diploma or GED/ HiSET, proof of immunizations, CORI, language assessment Coming Soon: Kids’ Coding, Kids’ 3D Animation, Memoir Writing for Seniors, Public Speaking
PROGRAMS: CCE AND LIFELONG LEARNING
Lifelong Learning at RCC » Roxbury Community College strives to meet the interests of the
Students in our Phlebotomy Technician Program practice on tourniquets before completing live draws.
community by providing opportunities to let you decide how you want to take charge and progress in your life. Lifelong Learning courses offer something for everyone, whether you want to develop or hone your skills for professional or personal growth, or you just enjoy learning new things and want to take a fun class. Lifelong Learning courses are non-credit and cater to learners of all ages and backgrounds. Our team of instructors is made up of passionate, knowledgeable individuals focused on sharing their skills and expertise with you in creative, student-centered ways. Whether you are 6 years old or 76, we have a unique program designed with you, our community, in mind. Explore and register for one of our Lifelong Learning courses today!
NICOLE FLORENCE, COMPLETED ST. MARY’S WOMEN AT WORK PROGRAM
When Nicole Florence moved from Georgia to Boston, she knew that she needed additional training to take care of herself and her family. Life had already thrown Nicole a few curveballs: she become a mother at age 18, took 12 years to earn her HiSET, and experienced other setbacks along the way. Nevertheless, she persisted—and, St. Mary’s Women at Work Program, which includes career training provided by RCC’s Office of Corporate and Community Education, provided a path to success. At the start of the Women at Work Program, Nicole studied math, English, and history. She then transitioned to the career training portion, led by RCC instructors, where she learned both the hard skills (like Excel) and soft skills (such as interview techniques) to be successful in her career. “The connection with RCC really brought my education to the next level,” says Nicole. “When I completed the program, I knew that I wanted to earn my associate’s. I didn’t waste any time. I started my application with Destination College (a transition-to-community-college program offered by RCC) as soon as I completed the St. Mary’s Program. I started taking classes right away.” Now well on her way to earning her associate’s degree from RCC, Nicole is leaning toward a career in criminal justice, perhaps as a crime scene investigator or victim advocate. Her advice for anyone else in her position is simple: “Don’t give up. This isn’t going to be easy. If you have a family to take care of, you can only get so far with a HiSET or high school diploma. If you want to succeed, take care of your family, and be comfortable, you need a college degree.”
Our Kids’ Computer Coding Club teaches young learners the important skill of computer coding in a fun, interactive setting.
Participants in our event planning course learn the art of table setting and design.
FALL 2017 COURSES — REGISTER NOW Program
Beginners’ Spanish 9/13/2017 $185 — Register by 8/25 to receive a discounted price of $170 TEAS Exam Prep Sept. 2017 $120/subject HiSET/GED Prep – Offered in Sept. 2017 Prices vary by subject matter either English or Spanish Real Estate 9/25/2017 $425 — cost includes textbook Grant Writing 101 9/27/2017 $300 Entrepreneurship 9/26/2017 $100 Belly Dancing 9/27/2017 $80 Coming Soon: Kids’ Coding, Kids’ 3D Animation, Memoir Writing for Seniors, Public Speaking
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SPOTLIGHT: OPEN ENROLLMENT
FINANCE YOUR STUDIES AT RCC
As Boston residents, you have two special programs to help finance your studies at RCC:
TUITION-FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLAN FOR BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADS
Enroll at RCC for Fall 2017 courses
The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with Boston Public Schools, has rolled out the Tuition-Free Community College Plan to help BPS grads like you better afford college. The plan will pay for tuition and mandatory fees not covered by a stuGET IN TOUCH: dent’s Pell Grant. You may be eligible Want to learn more about Financing Options for this program, if you: graduated at RCC? Contact: The Office from a BPS high school in June of Financial Aid, Academic 2016 or later, have a HS cumulative Building #2, Room 201. GPA of 2.0 or above, are eligible Call 617-541-5322 or for a Pell Grant (as determined by email finaid@rcc. FAFSA), require no more than three mass.edu developmental classes by the start of the semester, and are a Boston resident. Funding is also available for DACA students.
» As you can see, RCC is a school on the move — we’ve got great new
facilities, amazing academic programs, inspiring athletics programs, and more. Fall 2017 classes begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Interested in becoming a student? You can start the registration process now! You can get a head start by applying online at www.rcc.mass.edu. Or, you can stop by our Enrollment Center (Building 2, 1st floor), to speak with an enrollment officer at any time.
THE COMMONWEALTH COMMITMENT
New students at Roxbury Community College may be eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment, a program offered through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Student who enroll in this program at RCC and complete their associate’s degree in 2.5 years with a 3.0 GPA are eligible for significant financial benefits upon transferring to a MA state university or UMass campus.
JUST ANNOUNCED: BOSTON BRIDGE
The Boston Bridge, offered jointly by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, links the existing Tuition-Free Community College plan and the Commonwealth Commitment. The Boston Bridge allows BPS grads who meet the criteria for each program to earn both an associate’s degree from RCC and a bachelor’s degree from a state university or UMass campus free of charge. All of these programs have specific criteria for participation. To learn more about these programs, and to get started on the application process, visit http://www.rcc.mass.edu/ special-programs 12 | RCC GAZETTE | SPRING 2017
Corporate & Community Education at Roxbury Community College:
EQUIPPING YOU WITH IN-DEMAND SKILLS Looking for a short-term program that leads to a new career, or helps you move forward in your current position? RCC’s Office of Corporate and Community Education has a program for you! We’re currently accepting applications for the following programs:
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION I
Class starts September 5, 2017 13 weeks, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $1,600
Class starts September 13, 2017 9 Weeks, Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $200
HOME HEALTH CARE
Class starts September 12, 2017 8 weeks, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $425
Class starts September 19, 2017 12 weeks,Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $1,400
Class starts September 13, 2017 16 weeks, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $1,800
Class starts September 19, 2017 12 weeks, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $1,400
For more information or to register, call 617-541-5306 or visit www.rcc.mass.edu/cce.
Lifelong Learning Whether you’re 6 or 76, find something for the whole family!
Fall 2017 Course Offerings
Classes offered weeknights & weekends. Check out our website at www.rcc.mass.edu/LL or contact us at (617) 933-7410 for information on current course schedules and pricing.
• Real Estate Salesperson Pre-Licensing
• Project Management
• Grant Writing 101: Fundamentals
• Financial Empowerment • Public Speaking
• HiSET® Exam Prep (Formerly GED®)
• Grant Writing: Intermediate • Create Your Own Job: Entrepreneurship Seminar to Start Your Own Business • Branding & Marketing • Event Planning 101
• Photoshop • Conversational Spanish for Beginners • Belly Dancing for Beginners • Self-Defense
- Class options in English or Spanish • TEAS Exam Prep - For Nursing/Allied Health Fields Designed for the Young at Heart • Nutrition & Wellness for Seniors
Did you know? RCC offers free parking with 24/7 campus security & is easily accessible by public transportation.
Lifelong Learning Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: (617) 933-7410 Office Hours: M-Th: 9 - 6:30 p.m. | Fri: 9 - 4:30 p.m.
• Family History • Memoir Writing
Interested in something that’s not listed? We want to hear your ideas!
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Acting Up Theater Program, Computer Coding, Young Investors Club, 3D Animation, and more!
Get a head start by applying online, today! Classes Begin September 6, 2017
Register Now! www.rcc.mass.edu 617-541-5310
One College. Countless Opportunities. Earn Your Associate’s Degree Complete a Certificate Program Become a Member of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center Watch a Performance at the Media Arts Center Take a Lifelong Learning Class for Personal Growth
Advance Your Career Through Corporate and Community Education
Enrollment Center 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120 617-541-5320 or 617-541-5310 email@example.com www.rcc.mass.edu
Apply online for