ri-County continues to respond to the needs of its customers—our community—by offering options and opportunities that will help students to be successful on their educational journeys.
“Our students have varied educational goals,” said President Booth. “We appeal to those looking for a technical degree, while our University Transfer program is an excellent and economical first step on the road to a baccalaureate degree. We also serve as a good option for students unsure of their career path and for others who just want to obtain certification in a particular field,” he said.
“We don’t expect students to just show up, graduate, and find their place in life. We have a deliberate approach to our offerings, and we understand the community in which we live,” said President Booth.
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Creating Pathways And Partnerships for Student Success
“We know that health care and manufacturing are huge pieces of the economy here. Manufacturing is the bedrock of the economy in terms of wages and taxes paid by business and industry. We’ve made a strong connection with our employers, and we structure our programs to meet their needs. We have plans and opportunities in place through our partnerships with business, industr , school districts, and area colleges and universities to help our students get from where they are to where they need to be,” he explained.
By better aligning the College’s educational programs with the local labor market, the results are economic payoffs and better job opportunities, he said.
Two new technical scholars programs with industry partners Bosch andMichelin are a response to the nationwide skilled labor shortage all industry is facing toda , said Dr. Booth. These programs also are directed at changing the misperception many young people have that manufacturing jobs are undesirable.
“Through these partnerships, we are connecting people to a plan. With intentional focus on student success, we’ve taken the mystery out of career choices for students. We’ve developed clear career pathways, along with employment opportunities, through co-ops and internships, and offer students detailed data about jobs and wages,” he said.
This year the College opened an Industrial Technology Center just four miles from the Pendleton Campus. The 43,000-square-foot facility houses the Welding and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) programs and was specifically designed to mimic a real-world industrial setting. “It’s a clear example of responding to community