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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why does Southern Oregon HOPE conduct a criminal background check and drug test?

Southern Oregon HOPE conducts a criminal background check and drug test on each participating applicant to establish if you are industry suitable.  All healthcare employers require job candidates to go through a criminal background check and drug test.  It is the employer’s moral and legal obligation to provide a safe work environment and is standard when a job applicant is seeking a position that requires high security and a position of trust.

Southern Oregon HOPE will cover the cost of the background check and drug test.  Once you attend an Information Session you will be given a website and payment code to complete your background check. The results will be emailed to you within 7 business days.

  • How many hours per day and/or week can I expect to be in school?

Most programs supported by Southern Oregon HOPE are full-time programs (12 or more credits).  Expect to spend about 2-3 hours outside of class studying for every 1 hour you are enrolled.  At minimum, a full-time student will likely spend 24-36 hours studying outside of class per week, in addition to 12 or more hours in class.  The total time a student enrolled in a full-time program might spend on school could range from 36-48 hours per week. 

It may seem overwhelming because you're looking at the whole picture and not focusing on the moments- the baby steps. Your Academic Case Manager and/or the Southern Oregon HOPE counselor will help improve your studies through suggestions on time management and stress management skills.  Also keep in mind, your program is for a limited time. It will not be forever and time is going to pass anyway- you might as well make the most of it!

  • Is transportation available?

Transportation is available and options are provided. Transportation information.

  • I don't have a computer/internet access at home. Can I still participate?

If you do not have a computer or internet access at home, RCC has computer labs at each of its three campuses with generous and accommodating hours. Typically from 7:30am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 5pm on Fridays, with Saturday being from 10am to 2pm.  Lab hours at each campus.

  • What if I haven't been to college?

Southern Oregon HOPE wants to support your endeavors every step of the way and is designed to support as you work through the program to help ensure your completion.

Southern Oregon HOPE students will receive financial assistance, social, academic, and emotional support. The financial assistance you will receive will include tuition and fees, textbooks and all supplies necessary for the course you are in. You may also apply for supportive services when crucial, such as rent, utilities, dependent care, food, and transportation costs.

  • What tests will I need to take to enter the program?

You will need to take the Accuplacer test or provide transcripts.

RCC uses the Accuplacer which is a suite of tests that determine your knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. There will be support if you do not score at a certain level at first.

  • What if I didn't graduate high school?

You are still qualified to apply to participate in the Southern Oregon HOPE program with a GED. If you do not have a GED we can help you.

  • Do I need to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

Yes, it is required that you complete and submit your FAFSA.  See the FAFSA website for deadlines.

  • Will there be job placement assistance available?

Yes! Along with your program instructors, the Southern Oregon HOPE Completion Specialist is available to help connect you with potential jobs.  Most of the programs require a practicum, which will give you a good idea of the type of environment in which you want to work.  Many of the targeted occupations that are supported by the Southern Oregon HOPE program are available in our local area and the need is expected to continue to grow.