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RCC honors former state rep Buckley

Rogue Community College honored former state legislator Peter Buckley during its 50th commencement Saturday, awarding him the 2021 Outstanding Citizen Award for distinguished service to the college and community.

Buckley, who represented for south Jackson County in the Oregon House from 2005 to 2017, currently serves as program manager for Southern Oregon Success and is a trainer and administrator for the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team, which works to raise awareness of the long-term impact of childhood trauma.

"RCC is proud to participate in this work through our early childhood education program and student services, and we recognize Peter Buckley as a driving force in our region, making families healthier and more resilient," said RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle. "Congratulations Peter, and thank you for your contributions to our community."

Under Buckley's leadership, Southern Oregon Success recently established the goal that by 2025, all parents and caregivers in Jackson and Josephine counties will have the knowledge, skills, connections and support needed for all children to enter kindergarten ready to thrive.