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RCC In The News - June 2018

Facebook Announces New Partnership with RCC

On Friday, June 8, 2018, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is partnering with Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College to offer digital marketing training. The goal of this partnership is to provide an offering that delivers individuals with the skills that they need to be current and successful in today’s businesses.

“We are thrilled to partner with Facebook to offer relevant instruction in the field of digital marketing,” says Roxbury Community College President Valerie Roberson. “Equipping students with the skills needed for immediate success in the workforce is a top priority at RCC; and, I’m confident that this partnership with Facebook will ensure that our students are prepared with in-demand skills.”

The details of this partnership will be solidified over the coming months. To learn more about RCC’s Business Programs, contact Carrie Monestime, Dean of Enrollment at cmonestime@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1206.

To read more about this partnership:

Year Up Program at RCC Receives $75,000 Grant

At the U.S. conference of Mayors annual conference, WellsFargo announced that the Year Up Program at RCC received a 2018 CommunityWINS Grant. “The Year Up Greater Boston Workforce Development Program serves students 18–24 through a high-support, high-expectation model that combines marketable job skills, educational stipends, professional internships and college credit recommendations. In 2018, the program will serve 80 students and hopes to expand to 160 in 2019.”

Roxbury Community College Student Aeffia Feuerstein Awarded Transfer Scholarship

 Affia Feuerstein updated 4.19.2018

Aeffia Feuerstein, a student at Roxbury Community College, is one of 47 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Feunerstein with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Aeffia Feuerstein has excelled both academically and as a civic leader at RCC. She is a member of both the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa; and, outside of her studies, she’s worked with both Reclaim Roxbury and Voter choice “to help build an altar from the voiceless to speak from.” Upon graduating from RCC this spring, with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Feuerstein plans to study political science and writing at either Wellesley College or Brandeis University.

As a Cooke Transfer Scholar, Feuerstein will receive a monetary award and comprehensive educational advising from Cooke Foundation staff to guide her through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for her future career. The Cooke Foundation will also provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

“Community colleges provide an affordable first step for many students with financial need to begin their higher education journey,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “Cooke Transfer Scholars have demonstrated incredible ability and ambition, and we look forward to supporting their success at universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.”

This year, nearly 2,500 students applied for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others.

A full list of the 2018 Cooke Transfer Scholars, including the community colleges and states they represent, can be viewed here.


About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

Commencement 2018 Information for Graduates


Time & Place

Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 18th at 1:00 p.m., in the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. It is imperative that all graduates arrive by 11:30 a.m. in order to get started on time. (Please report to the Reggie Lewis Gym).


Graduation Rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic

Center (Field House).

Commencement Invitations

RCC Commencement Invitations will be available for pick up on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in the Enrollment Center. Each student will receive six (6) invitations. The Enrollment Center has temporarily relocated to building 3, second floor, Room 219. Our hours of operation are Monday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Commencement Attendance Confirmation

We would like to confirm that you will be attending your Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Please click link here to confirm your attendance.

Honor Cords and Stoles

Students graduating with a cumulative average of 3.00 - 4.00 will receive an Honors Cord. Cords will be distributed at graduation upon check-in.

Caps & Gowns

RCC students can pick up their caps & gowns through Friday, May 18, 2017 at the Bookstore starting on Thursday. April 12, 2018. 

Book Store Hours of Operation: 

Hours week of April 17th - May 12th
Monday - Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hours week of May 14th – 18th:
Monday - Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cap and Gown Costs: FREE

Commencement Video DVD

This year, the Graduation Committee has once again decided to make copies of the Commencement Video available to all graduates, free of charge.  If interested, we will have the order forms available for you on the day of the graduation rehearsal, May 17th for you to fill out and return back to us. A production staff member will also be present at the commencement ceremony rehearsal to collect orders. DVD's will be mailed to you approximately eight (8) weeks after graduation.  If you have any questions about the commencement video, please contact Professor Petty at (857) 701-1102.

Live Streaming

The RCC Commencement Committee and the Broadcast Media Technology Department are proud to announce that we will be streaming the 43rd Commencement Ceremony live online in its entirety for the seventh straight year.  The stream will go live at 12:45pm on Friday, May 18, 2018.  If you are graduating and have loved ones that are unable to attend the ceremony, they can witness you receiving your Certificate or Degree on stage.  This link will remain active for 1 year.

To view the live stream, please click here

Live streaming video by The Broadcast Media Technology Department




Peruvian Film Screening

 Sue Kalt Peruvian Film Screening editedProfessor Kalt with film protagonist Hipólito Peralta Ccama

Over 100 students from Roxbury Community College and Madison Park High School enjoyed a screening and talkback with the director and protagonist of Ñampa ñawinkuna (The Eyes of the Journey) on April 9th in the newly refurbished Media Arts Center auditorium.

Preparation for the film was truly interdisciplinary. RCC students studying Video Techniques looked closely at the framing and lighting of characters; economics students were invited to consider stewardship of natural resources and economic effects of carelessness; and, students studying Spanish considered metaphors. One student wrote an essay contrasting the spiritual worldview of Otero and Peralta with that of another Latin American Poet, Violeta Parra.

Students were inspired and motivated by the film and interaction with its creators. The full-length feature film is a soliloquy in the Quechua language, the native language of the Incas which is still in use today by over 10 million people in five countries. Throughout the film, natural phenomena such as water, wind, mountains and fog, are spoken to tenderly as the wandering healer contemplates his ancestral beliefs and their place in today’s world.

Student reaction was strong.

“The film frames inanimate things as living things…they are given responsibilities and are personified,” noted Isaiah Wilkerson.

“I did not expect to learn as much as I did, but their holistic approach toward mundane everyday things really spoke to me,” wrote Amber Johnson.

“Yesterday’s class meeting was the highlight of my year. The subject of the film and the subsequent lecture of the director touched upon matters that I am deeply interested in,” wrote Albena Orlova.

Another student, Charlene Robinson, said “After watching this film I have begun to drink more water and increase my recycling efforts. Being able to meet with the narrator and director was amazing. I really enjoyed learning more about the culture and rituals. I hope that one day I am able to visit the Apus (mountains) and enjoy the beauty and spirituality.”

Student Carmen Dumitru indicated her favorite quote from the film: “Water is like a child, moving in one direction, winding its way around the world.” This experience “definitely has awakened my interest in the Andean World,” she stated.

The event was introduced by Philosophy Professor Dustin Rollins, who held a lively discussion on the difference between accepting and celebrating diversity. Other organizers and contributors to the event included Professors Susan Kalt and Justin Petty, who coordinated with Madison Park; Professor Nasreen Latif, Professor Marlena Karami, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Marshall Hughes, Dean of Student Life Andrés Orós, Director of Academic Technology Raymind Cruz and Aki Staples.

RCC Student-Athletes Named to All-Region Teams

Region 21 has announced its 2017-18 Basketball All-Region Teams and Specialty Awards; and, Roxbury Community College has representation on both the men’s and women’s rosters! Selected by the league coaches and committee members, these students exhibit the kind of discipline, teamwork, leadership and good sportsmanship that reflect RCC’s core values.

At RCC, our student-athletes are models for achieving athletic success without compromising academic standards.

Lawrence Chery is representing RCC on the third men’s team as Guard.

A pair of sophomore post players in center Charee Osborne and forward Taylor Grant represent RCC on the First women’s team. Osborne, a repeat selection, was a force for the Tigers averaging a double-double (13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds) for the season and shot 51.8 percent from the floor, ranking third in the league. Grant was also a post presence, averaging 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Tigers. Kayla Kelley and Destiny Hurt, both guards, were selected for the second women’s team.

 Lawrence Chery  Lawrence Cherry
 Charee Osborne RCC9097s resized  Charee Osborne
 Taylor Grant RCC9065s resized  Taylor Grant
 Kayla Kelley RCC8972s resized  Kayla Kelley
 Destiny Hurt RCC8997s resized  Destiny Hurt

2017-18 MBB All-Region 21 Announcement

2017-18 WBB All-Region 21 Announcement