- 2,170 students enrolled
- 1,752 in credit-bearing classes, 418 in non-credit classes
- 78.6% of students identify as Black or African American, or Hispanic
- 83% of RCC students receive Pell Grants
- 53% of RCC students are from the College’s immediate service area (Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End)
- 90% of students surveyed at RCC would recommend RCC to a friend or family member
- 77% of students surveyed evaluated their experience at RCC as “good” or “excellent”
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, five-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.
Under the leadership of Dr. Valerie Roberson, RCC has become a beacon of academic excellence. In December 2019, RCC was named a finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Award in the category of Instructional Programs and Services, in recognition of the Math Department’s work eliminating developmental math. Recent enhancements to the College’s STEM labs, made possible by a $3 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, ensure that students studying biotechnology, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and other lab-based sciences are learning practice-ready skills that lead to transfer and employment. And, in keeping with RCC’s longstanding commitment to Arts & Culture, RCC’s Division of Arts & Humanities has grown substantially over recent years, allowing the College to offer 20+ visual and performing arts courses each semester.
The College remains committed to meeting the workforce needs of Boston’s employers. Recently, RCC launched the Smart Building Technology Center, which offers both credit and non-credit courses that equip students with the skills needed to maintain energy-efficient buildings. The Center for Workforce Development provides a suite of health care programs designed to meet health care employers’ highest demands while also offering customized training for corporate partners. Furthermore, many RCC programs receive input on curriculum form advisory boards, comprised of regional industry-leaders, ensuring that curricula remain up-to-date and relevant.
Valerie Roberson, Ph.D.
Dr. Roberson is President of Roxbury Community College (RCC) where she has led the transformation of the College through $72M in construction projects; re-staffing of the College leadership team; stabilization of College finances; realignment of academic programs to ensure student transfer and employment; and compliance of all operations with external agency standards. She has inspired innovations, including the elimination of developmental education, increased use of online instructional materials (reducing costs for students), and the provision of social services to assist students in degree completion.
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