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Roxbury Community College Receives Leading by Example Award

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On November 30, 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration recognized eight Massachusetts state agencies, public colleges, municipalities, and public sector individuals for their leadership in promoting clean energy and environmental initiatives with the 11th annual Leading by Example Awards. Awardees were honored for policies and programs that created significant energy and emissions reductions, renewable energy installations, water conservation, and the implementation of sustainability initiatives that reduce the environmental impacts of state and municipal operations.

"Massachusetts continues to make historic advances in adopting clean energy and reducing emissions because of the commitment of our partners across state and local government," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The innovations and progress made by today's award recipients will have positive effects on the Commonwealth for generations to come."

Roxbury Community College received a recognition award for the completion of a 'tri-level' energy project on campus this year that includes a 937kW solar canopy, electric vehicle charging stations, geothermal wells under the parking lot, and the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products.

Dr. Valerie Roberson accepted the award on behalf of Roxbury Community College. "I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Roxbury Community College," said Dr. Roberson. "Our recent energy project is already benefitting our campus; and, I look forward to launching our Smart Building Technology Program, which is made possible because of our energy project, in the near future."

At the ceremony, Dr. Roberson was joined by senior administrators from Roxbury Community College, including Vice President of Administration & Finance Kevin Hepner, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Cecile Regner, and Vice President of Advancement and Community. Members of the state legislature were also on-hand to celebrate RCC's success in the field of clean energy.

"I applaud Roxbury Community College for implementing such an innovative and forward-thinking capital project," said State Representative Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain). "Installing this tri-level energy project has promoted good-paying Massachusetts clean energy jobs, and it will facilitate significant taxpayer savings by reducing the college's energy costs."

"I want to congratulate Roxbury Community College for the creative and innovative installations of an award-winning project that will power the institution for many years to come," said State Representative Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan).


To read the full release and to learn more about all of the award winners, click here.

RCC Media Contact
Jordan Emily Smock



Hispanic Heritage Celebration at RCC

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Over 80 members of the RCC community attended this year's Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Rosalba Solis, director of La Piñata Family Network, was our guest speaker. Her topic was "Nuestras raíces – our roots," and she challenged RCC students to debunk myths surrounding the "discovery" of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. Her interactive talk included theater and visualization. Attendees were encouraged to rediscover the wisdom and power of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands and to recognize the millions of African slaves and other imprisoned people who were brought here.

Ms. Solis also discussed how the European invasion involved misinterpretation, genocide and cultural appropriation, as well as a massive displacement of native people and Africans. She invited attendees to rediscover truths about this part of history and to take responsibility to make this history known. One such opportunity is an upcoming event celebrating the Mayan Day of the Dead. Students in Spanish classes will be corresponding with indigenous graduate students in Bolivia in conjunction with this event; others enrolled in the College Experience and English classes are reading The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao and The Farming of Bones which help students explore the consequences of this history.

Ms. Solis, whose ancestors spoke Náhuatl, grew up in Mexico and came to Boston to study music. She has been teaching children and sharing native cultures through dance since the eighties.

This year’s celebration was organized by Elizabeth Clark, Susan Kalt, Nasreen Latif, Gloria Castro and Autumn Haag.

Authored by Sue Kalt, Professor Spanish at RCC

A Joint Statement from Massachusetts Community Colleges and Boston Public Schools in Support of DACA

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Massachusetts was recently named first in the country in terms of its K-12 education and the number of residents with college degrees. We recognize and affirm that excellent education is critical to the Commonwealth's and America's future economic vitality. We are committed to the education of all our children and young adults who pass through our doors.

In many respects, our country has grown to its present strength due to the past influx of immigrants seeking the American Dream. That dream is grounded in our country's belief that all are endowed with three basic rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The "crime" of the undocumented immigrant today is pursuing the same dream of many in the past – a better life for their families.

Five years ago, in recognition that the infants and children who accompanied their immigrant parents illegally entering our country did not choose to do so, the previous federal administration established Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Those with DACA status attend and graduate from our K-12 schools and benefit from the ability to attend excellent post-secondary education in order to bring the skills and credentials needed in our workforce today. Individuals with DACA status live in our communities, pay taxes, and are ready and willing to continue to positively contribute to our local economies and communities. Ending DACA and subjecting these individuals to deportation not only contradicts our shared values and the inherent principles in our educational missions, but threatens the economic well-being of our region, state, and country.

We remain committed to meeting the needs of every person who walks through our doors looking to learn and achieve, regardless of their immigration status. We stand together to fight for the continued protection of all the young people with and eligible for DACA.

View the statement online at the Massachusetts Community College Executive Office website.


Autumn Access 2017

Register Now for RCC's Access Semester, which starts on September 25th. Autumn Access courses begin weeks later than the standard semester, giving you the opportunity to pick up additional classes with a later start date. By enrolling in these courses, you'll cover all of the required course material and receive full college credit. Each class session is slightly longer than in the standard semester, and ends at the same time as other courses. Please meet with an advisor to see if Autumn Access courses are right for you.


Advising Center
, Building 2, Suite 306, (617) 541-5327. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor or visit the Advising Center to select classes for Autumn Access.
Enrollment Center
, Building 2, Room 102, (617) 541-5310. Staff are available to provide assistance with registration, transcript requests and other services, including Veterans, and International Students.
Office of Financial Aid
, Building 2, Room 201, (617) 541-5322.  Students are able to view their financial aid awards by logging in to MyRCC. Walk-in service and by appointment are available.
Student Accounts Office
, Building 2, Room 213, (617) 541-5321. Business Office staff look forward to assisting students reviewing their accounts. All prior balances must be paid before students may register for Autumn Access 2017 classes.

Deadline to Add/Drop: October 2, 2017

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Advising Center, Building 2, Suite 306
Enrollment Center, Building 2, Room 102

Visit the Enrollment Center or call 617.541.5310.  If you need to apply to RCC, you can start the process here

Autumn Access Courses

Course TitleCourse CodeCreditDayTimeProfessor
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE ACS 102 AA    3 M W   2:30PM - 4:10PM Aylmer    
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE ACS 102 AB    3 T R   4:10PM - 5:45PM Roach     
DEV READ & WRITE II  ENG 091 AB    3 T R   3:00PM - 5:45PM Garnits     
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I  ENG 101 AA    3 M W   12:30PM - 2:10PM Karami    
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I  ENG 101 AB    3 M W   2:30PM - 4:10PM Karami    
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II ENG 102 AB    3 M W   4:10PM - 5:45PM Callender    
ESL WRITING B  ESL 020 AA    3  5:30PM - 9:00PM Bondarenko    
ESL GRAMMAR B   ESL 025 AA    3  5:30PM - 9:00PM Bondarenko    
INTRO TO STATISTICS  MAT 120 AA    3 T R   4:15PM - 5:50PM TBA
BIOLOGY I      SCI 103 AA    4  6:00PM - 8:45PM Venkatakrishnan   
BIOLOGY I      SCI 103 AA    4  6:00PM - 8:00PM Venkatakrishnan   
BIOLOGY I      SCI 103 AA    4 F  6:00PM - 8:45PM Venkatakrishnan   
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY  SSI 122 AA    3 T R   3:10PM - 4:45PM Aradom    
HUMAN GROWTH & DEV  SSI 209 AA    3 M W   3:10PM - 4:45PM Udofia    
INTRO ALGEBRA WITH MYMATHLAB MAT 088-AA 4 M W 5:30pm – 9:00pm Pierre-Louis

Rebecca's is now at Roxbury Community College!

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Eat Fresh, Eat Local.
Rebecca's is now at Roxbury Community College!

Rebecca's, a cafe, catering, event planning and contract dining company with over 30 years of experience in the local area, has partnered with Roxbury Community College to bring a fresh and tasty approach to campus dining.

The café will be located in the new student common area offering a delicious selection of local, regional and global foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner including scratch made soups, sandwiches, salads, grill specialties, chef prepared entrées, healthy options, pastries and desserts fresh from their bakery.

Rebecca's will provide exclusive and complete catering services for the Roxbury Community College campus, including the Reggie Lewis Center, from the most formal dinner to a simple coffee service. The catering team will make every meeting or event a success and guide each client through the planning process.

Rebecca's, a private company headquartered in Burlington, MA, currently services a number of local universities, colleges, private high schools and businesses throughout Massachusetts; has been on Boston Business Journal's Best List as "Boston's Largest Area Caterer" 7 years running; and to bring your event to the next level, East Meets West Catering, a division of Rebecca's, provides award-winning culinary and event management experience throughout New England and at our exclusive venue, The Exchange, located on Boston's historic waterfront.

Founded in 1973, Roxbury Community College (RCC) is a comprehensive, multicultural, urban, student-centered, open-access community college. RCC offers associates degree and certificate programs, online courses, corporate and community education programs, and lifelong learning programs. Our 16-acre, 6 building campus houses classrooms, specialized science and computer laboratories, the Library and Learning Center, the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center and the Media Arts Center.

For more information about Rebecca's please visit rebeccascafe.com. For more information about RCC, please explore our website.