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"Great professor! She really cares for her students' success. What she expects is your interest to learn. She is tough, but her high expectations result in her students successfully completing the course. We need more professors like her." Student

DR. RAMYCIA

MCGHEE.

Dr. Ramycia McGhee was born and raised on the westside of Chicago. She received her. B.A. from the University Wisconsin-Whitewater in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Race and Ethnic Cultures. She then earned her M.S. in Journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago IL. Lastly, she received her Ed.D in Education Leadership Management from Capella University.

She is also an alum of Public Allies Chicago an Americorps Program. 

Before relocating to Oregon and accepting an English faculty position at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) in 2017, she worked as an adjunct English Professor at the City Colleges of Chicago, a writing consultant at Truman College, in addition to serving as the Tutoring Center Coordinator for ESL/ELL students at Truman College.

While completing her doctoral studies Dr. McGhee lost her mom Valencia Cooper to an unexpected heart attack. From that moment, Dr. McGhee knew she wanted to create something in her mother’s honor that would add to her legacy. Since being at LBCC, Dr. McGhee has had the privilege and honor of teaching at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Center in Albany, Oregon.

 

While teaching at Oak Creek she was inspired by the young women and their drive to succeed once leaving the facility and their pursuit of higher education coupled with her mom’s acts of service to establish The Valencia Cooper 2nd Chance Opportunity Scholarship Award.

 

This Award will solely benefit young women who are released from the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Center and want to seek higher education at LBCC.

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