More than 40 students from rural high schools are enrolled at Rogue Community College fall term, taking electronics and construction technology classes.
The RCC electronics program has 32 high school students enrolled: 16 from Eagle Point, 13 from Crater, and three from Butte Falls. The Crater students also are taking "computer Aided Drafting I: Architectural" through the construction technology program. All classes are taught on the RCC Table Rock Campus, which is geared to career and technical training classes.
We’ve got some really sharp kids, including advanced placement (AP)
students," said RCC electronics instructor Bill Biggs. "We’re really
thrilled. They have all met college-level requirements for entry into
RCC instituted a trial program in 2006-07 to
bring Butte Falls High School students to RCC several days a week.
Eight Butte Falls students took electronics courses and were able to
complete most of the first-year requirements toward a two-year degree.
year, three Butte Falls students, are engaged in second-year course
work, which includes "Microcontrollers," "Radio Frequency
Fundamentals," and "Microwave Circuits and Applications."
them is Dakota Kinyon, who is taking a heavy load this year as a senior
at Butte Falls and will be only several core courses short of his
Associates of Applied Science degree in electronic technology when he
graduates high school spring 2008.
"It’s a cool opportunity
and a lot of fun," Kinyon said. "I am going to use this as a career,
starting as an electronics technician in industry. I have a strong
interest in radio and microwave communications and am looking forward
to working in this field after graduation from RCC next year. "I
recommend that other high school students sign up for these classes,"
Working closely with the RCC Foundation, the
Morris Family Foundation is providing up to $2,900 per student for
tuition and textbooks.
The Crater High School students
attend classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons while the Butte Falls
students attend Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Eagle Point High School
releases its students for half of every school day from 8:30 to 11:30am.
students from Crater and Eagle Point high schools are taking "DC
Fundamentals" fall term and plan to take "AC Fundamentals" winter term
and "Solid State Fundamentals" spring term.
they are getting some programming and interfacing experience working
with the Boe Bot robotics kits that were purchased by the RCC
Foundation last year," said Dave McKeen, department head. There also
is an opportunity for students to expand their coursework next term by
adding the "Digital Fundamentals" course to their schedule, he said.
"By the end of the year, these students will have earned most of the
core credits in electronics for the one-year Electronics Technician
certificate," McKeen added.
"For the juniors participating
this year, they can earn the majority of the Associate of Applied
Science degree credits in electronics technology by the tie they
graduate high school in spring of 2009," he explained. "Beginning
wages for these students will be $12-$14 an hour in local industry."
fall, the college announced it would furlough the AAS electronics
program, while maintaining the one-year certificate program. But the
college worked with local high schools, the RCC Foundation and Morris
Family Foundation to boost enrollment in the certificate program and
revised the curriculum to add some Web-based classes, which also reaped
Many of those students then expressed
interest in returning for the second year of training, which would earn
them an AAS, and some regional employers voiced a need for the
additional workforce training afforded by the AAS degree.
is a program that has the potential to really grow," said RCC President
Peter Angstadt. "The college hopes to offer more college-level
training to more high school students and is exploring the possibility
of adding manufacturing," he said.