Welcome from Dr. Valerie Roberson
As we draw to the close of one of the most challenging years in recent memory, I find solace and hope in the many amazing things that are still happening in our community, especially at Roxbury Community College.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as an institution was a challenge, but the RCC community banded together and worked extraordinarily hard to ensure that our students were successful. Since March, RCC has distributed over 330 laptops and 60 WiFi hotspots, equipping students with the technology required for academic success. Additionally, we awarded $25,000 in need-based aid and provided 148 students with Stop & Shop gift cards, to help address food insecurity.
On the academic front, I am thrilled to announce that in October, BORN granted initial approval to RCC’s new Nursing Program! We will welcome our first class in thefall 2021 semester. Additionally, our Professional Education Department teamed up with Google and CompTIA to launch a new Google IT Support Professional Certificate.
In early December, I was pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Roxbury Community College Foundation (RCCF) to continue our Legends of Roxbury series. This year, we honored three pioneers in the field of broadcast media — Rev. Liz Walker, Carmen Fields, and Sarah-Ann Shaw — while raising funds to support RCC students.
In this issue of the Gazette, you will learn more about RCC’s impressive suite of healthcare programs, our continued community support efforts, and much more.
In these difficult times, I encourage you to continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of yourselves and your families. Take good care, and I look forward to seeing you back on campus when the time comes.
Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College