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 leader 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" ("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.
Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College