Announcements – Marketing http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing RHC - Marketing and Communications Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:17:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rio Hondo College Celebrates 2017-18 Graduates at Emotional Commencement Ceremony http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/rio-hondo-college-celebrates-2017-18-graduates-at-emotional-commencement-ceremony/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/rio-hondo-college-celebrates-2017-18-graduates-at-emotional-commencement-ceremony/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 22:27:57 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2716

WHITTIER – California state Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon congratulated graduates at Rio Hondo College’s 55th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 24 and urged them to “make a difference.”

“We have to look out for each other,” Calderon said during the event’s keynote speech. “You’ve all killed it to get here today, but the work doesn’t stop here. The fight always goes on. … Now go out there, make a difference and remember that if you can do this, you can do anything.”

The ceremony recognized 1,399 students who earned an estimated 2,001 academic degrees, including 653 degrees for transfer, which guarantee admission to the California State University system. Both figures top the College’s numbers for 2016-17.

Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss told students that the sacrifices they made to achieve their degrees were worth it. She said she understood the sense of accomplishment that comes from achieving their degrees, comparing it to her journey as an immigrant to the U.S. from Taiwan to becoming the College’s president.

“Our faculty, staff and administrators are here to honor and salute you,” Dreyfuss said.

Board of Trustees President Madeline Shapiro told students that their achievement has the power to change not only their lives, but those of their families.

“Many of you are the first in your family to have made it this far in higher education. Many of you are the first in your family to have set foot on a college campus. And, many of you are the first in your family to walk with a cap and gown on stage to receive a college diploma,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro announced the 2018 Fellow of the College, Dr. Jennifer Fernandez, who retired after serving 42 years as an educator. Over 31 years, Fernandez served Rio Hondo College as a counselor, professor, director of student development, coordinator of the College’s South Whittier Educational Center and interim dean of student affairs. She helped develop plans for the Child Development Center and for the redesign of Student Health Psychological Services.

“This award is reserved to those who make outstanding contributions to the progress and development of Rio Hondo College,” Shapiro said. “Dr. Jen’s selection for this award reflects her dedication to our campus and advocacy for our students.”

Associated Students of Rio Hondo College (ASRHC) President Martin Covarrubias – who helped develop Rio Hondo College’s food pantry program, the RioSource Room – said students faced many challenges during their time at Rio Hondo College. For him, that moment came when his grandfather died.

“My world came crashing down, so fast, I couldn’t snap out of it and be the positive person I am 24/7,” he said. “But, I finally did because I remembered my dream as a little boy: that of always wanting to do big things, things like this.”

In fall, Covarrubias will transfer to UC Riverside as a liberal studies major.

The ceremony also honored three outstanding students who overcame challenges en route to earning their degrees.

Brenda Coronel, a low-income single mother of a 3-year-old daughter, survived an abusive past to pursue a degree in psychology. Coronel dropped out of Rio Hondo College during her first year but returned determined to succeed. She earned a 3.66 GPA while working part time and serving as a student leader. Coronel received a full-ride scholarship to UC Berkeley.

Yarisma Rocha, a single mother whose 5-year-old who has battled leukemia since infancy, earned a business degree with a 3.85 GPA. She has been accepted into UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Jason Hoang’s parents were refugees after the Vietnam War and his mother worked at a sweatshop. When he was 13, his family lost their home during the housing crisis and he suffered from depression as they shuttled from home to home.

Hoang was determined to obtain an education so he could leave poverty behind, earning a 4.0 GPA and serving as a Peer Advisory Leadership mentor. He also worked as a student success coach for three middle schools. Hoang will attend UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

During the service, Rio Hondo College leaders also paid tribute to the many veterans and active duty military who attend the College.

Valedictorian Bailey Garcia received the College’s Marie I. Pellissier Award. Garcia, who was raised by a single mother and other family members, graduated from Applied Technology Center in Montebello with a low GPA. He came to Rio Hondo College to prove to himself and to his high school teachers that he could succeed.

He earned a 4.0 GPA while taking part in the Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOP&S), Guardian Scholars and Peer Advisory Leaders and serving as ASRHC treasurer. He will study philosophy at UC Berkeley in preparation for attending law school and pursuing his dream of starting a nonprofit.

Also among the graduates honored were 18 students who completed the first stage of the Pathway to Law School program. The program guides students from Rio Hondo College, through four-year degrees and into law school. Rio Hondo College’s program was honored with the 2018 Diversity Champion Award from California LAW, which coordinates the Pathway to Law School program for the state.

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President’s Update – April 2018 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-april-2018/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-april-2018/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 21:17:15 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2711

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President DreyfussAs our 2018 spring semester draws to a close, we find ourselves celebrating some of our notable accomplishments for the year while already exploring options to further strengthen the climate of student success.

A highlight of these recent honors are the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stars awarded to Rio Hondo College’s career and technical education (CTE) programs – a ringing endorsement of the effectiveness of so many workforce ready programs to help students find jobs in their career fields with competitive salaries.

In some cases, these salaries more than double our graduates’ past earnings; in several cases, our employment rates are at or near 100 percent. These awards stand as a testament to our commitment to ensure students are pursuing their career goals, no matter what challenges they face along the way.

In April, we also celebrated Rio Hondo College’s mission with our community during our annual “A Taste of Rio” event. This program has become a hallmark of the College community’s deep connection with supporters across the region. Once again, the event posted record attendance and raised a record amount of funds to support our students.

Meanwhile, Rio Hondo College is taking an exciting next step to support our students through a three-year partnership with six other Los Angeles area community colleges. The partnership supports College Promise programs such as Rio Promise, launched in 2017 to fund first-year tuition for recent graduates of high schools in our service area. The program also provides priority registration and a menu of support services for those students after they enroll.

Taken together, these achievements and our continuing exploration of additional support services offer us a window into the dedication and focus of our College community on behalf of our students.

Career and Technical Education Programs
Honored for Boosting Wages,
Employment
Nurses

Rio Hondo College is receiving acclaim for the ability of its career and technical education (CTE) programs to boost earnings and employment in
desired career fields for students who earn certificates or degrees.

The Strong Workforce Stars program, an annual recognition given by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, awarded a Gold Star, Silver Star and seven Bronze Stars to Rio Hondo College programs that advanced social mobility for students.

“These awards recognize one of the strengths of Rio Hondo College – the ability of our programs to help students discover careers that not only meet their personal goals, but also provide them with a substantially higher standard of living,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said.

Programs were assessed on improvement in earnings by 50 percent or more by former students, attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more and employment of 90 percent or more in jobs similar to their field of study. Gold Stars went to programs that boosted all three metrics, Silver Stars went to those that boosted two metrics and Bronze Stars to those that boosted a single metric.

Rio Hondo College’s highly regarded registered nursing program received a Gold Star. Graduates’ earnings rose 192 percent, 77 percent attained the regional
living wage and 100 percent are employed in a job similar to their field of study.

The College’s innovative automotive technology program received a Silver Star for boosting earnings by 104 percent and helping 100 percent of graduates find employment in jobs similar to their field of study. The automotive technology program is one of the nation’s premier programs. The program includes partnerships with major auto firms, including a new training initiative with Tesla, as well as a stellar Bachelor of Science program.

Bronze Star programs ranged from accounting to geographic information systems:

  • Accounting: 66 percent increase in earnings
  • Management Development and Supervision: 100 percent employed in jobs similar to their field of study
  • Marketing and Distribution: 58 percent increase in earnings
  • Drafting Technology: 73 percent attained regional living wage
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing: 101 percent increase in earnings
  • Geographic Information Systems: 73 percent attained regional living wage
  • Fitness Trainer: 53 percent increase in earnings


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President’s Update – February 2018 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-february-2018/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-february-2018/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:31:26 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2665

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President DreyfussFebruary marked new milestones for Rio Hondo College, with a grand opening celebration for our beautiful new bookstore, honors for our fire academy, a new partnership that will allow our students to conduct research at UCLA and revisions in our math curriculum that will speed students to success.

It’s a collection of events that reflects the depth of programming that is a hallmark of Rio Hondo College: excellence flows from our academic programming, our career training and from the educators who are so dedicated to ensuring our students achieve their education and career goals.

Such changes have become a monthly habit for Rio Hondo College, although one could never call them routine. Instead, our team of educators has become proficient at making extraordinary achievements a commonplace occurrence, becoming part of our College culture.

It is a fitting note as we prepare for our annual “A Taste of Rio” fundraiser, which each year reaches new heights in generating support for our students. This event represents a true collaboration between the College and community in service to our students.

Once again, I would like to thank all the staff, administrators and faculty who dedicate their energy on behalf of Rio Hondo College toward student success.

Professor Receives Community Colleges’ Hayward Award

Dr. Adam WetsmanRio Hondo College anthropology Professor Adam Wetsman, Ph.D., has received a 2018 Hayward Award from the California Community College system in recognition of his excellence in teaching, professional activities and commitment to students.

The Board of Governors award, which is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, goes annually to four faculty members who are nominated by their peers across the 114-campus system.

“Winning the Hayward Award is a great honor, one that would not have been possible without Rio Hondo’s great students, supportive staff and administration, and dedicated teaching colleagues,” Dr. Wetsman said.

The award is named for former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward.

Winners are presented with the award at the California Community College’s Board of Governors meeting in March, with the system’s president, chancellor and Academic Senate president.

“We at Rio Hondo College are exceptionally privileged to work alongside a professor who is as dedicated to his students as Adam Wetsman,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “He goes beyond all expectations in his service to students, his colleagues and our community. This is a well-deserved honor.”

Dr. Wetsman has served as president of Rio Hondo College’s Faculty Association and Academic Senate, as well as serving in other roles with both groups. He is currently the negotiation chair for the faculty association.

He has promoted study abroad opportunities, assisted part-time faculty become full-time professors and promoted understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. He currently serves as president of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC).

As a teacher, he has dedicated himself to ensuring his students have all the materials they need to succeed, even writing low-cost textbooks, securing $50,000 in funding for a student anthropology lab and creating hours of audio-video lectures that mirror class presentations to facilitate student learning.

“I am continually in awe of Adam Wetsman’s impeccable reputation with students,” Rio Hondo College Academic Senate President Michelle Bean said. “I am honored to work with him.”

Dr. Wetsman also led development of Rio Hondo College’s anthropology transfer degree and assisted in developing general education courses as part of the College’s new Bachelor of Science in automotive technology.

He is also a frequent volunteer at campus events, helping to provide food to students during finals week, participating in Rio Hondo Foundation events and even establishing a scholarship for anthropology students.

 


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President’s Update – November 2017 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-november-2017/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-november-2017/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:28:11 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2594

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President DreyfussAs we celebrate the holidays, let me be the first to share my appreciation for the incredible team of educators and staff who create the core of our community at Rio Hondo College.

These dedicated individuals commit their time and energy not only to the ongoing education of our students, but also to ensuring our College provides every foreseeable opportunity for those students.

This month’s update captures just a few of those efforts that span the spectrum of our mission: Faculty and staff collaborated to create a new major in cybersecurity, a quickly growing professional field; they are helping students map their college careers through our Avance program; they are training skilled firefighters and police officers; and they are being honored for connecting students with financial aid resources.

In addition to this, our students honored alumni veterans and an alumni veteran helped donate Thanksgiving meals to veteran students – illuminating the circle of care that is so characteristic of our College community.

So, on behalf of these dedicated staff and faculty members, let me wish all members of our extended community the happiest of holidays and thank you for making a difference every day.

College to Train Cybersecurity Technicians, Professionals

College to Train Cybersecurity Technicians, Professionals
Rio Hondo College educators have developed plans to offer a cybersecurity certificate and degree program in fall 2018 to help meet rapidly growing demand for technical experts capable of shielding sensitive electronic data.

“This effort reflects the creative and innovative approach that is a hallmark of Rio Hondo College’s faculty,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “We are looking not only at the needs of today’s students and our industry partners, but at the needs expected to develop over the coming years, and then shaping instruction to match.”

The program spans 26 courses in information technology, math, accounting and business law; it includes certificates earned for completing several sequences of the classes, including one for “ethical hacking.” The College plans to offer Associate of Science degrees in cybersecurity and information technology, featuring courses in computer, server and network security.

The College’s announcement comes during the first-ever National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, which aims to spark interest in the career field’s potential.

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly important career field – the data breaches at Home Depot, Target and Equifax all testify to that,” Computer Information Technology Assistant Professor Rudy Rios said. “But there’s a vast unmet demand for trained professionals. Even if all California community colleges had programs, we still couldn’t fill the need.”

Experts estimate a global shortage of 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2019. In California, more than 31,000 jobs are currently unfilled, according to industry tracker Cyberseek.org. Some experts estimate California’s unmet need will rise to 45,000 positions in the next five years and climb by 10 percent each year after that.

Rios, who is part of the team mapping out the program, said Rio Hondo College developed the plan in consultation with an advisory committee of industry professionals. Now, a consortium of Los Angeles area community colleges is reviewing the plan to ensure it doesn’t overlap or duplicate other programs.

The next step will be a review by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, which Rios expects to go smoothly because the programs follow the California Model Curriculum. The model is also followed by Cal State San Bernardino, one of a handful of California colleges to offer cybersecurity degrees.

The effort is funded through a workforce development grant from the Chancellor’s Office. As part of that effort, Rio Hondo College is buying advanced NDG Netlab tools that virtually simulate the environments students will need to master, including routers, switches, servers and client computers.

The College will collaborate for the simulations with the LA/OC Regional Netlab Hub at Orange County’s Coastline Community College, which is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Rio Hondo College’s cybersecurity courses include a mix of new classes and foundational instruction from its existing business, informational technology and math programs. The combination of degrees and certificate programs will prepare students to enter the workforce in entry-level positions or continue their studies at a four-year school.


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President’s Update – October 2017 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-october-2017/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-october-2017/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:09:33 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2568

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President DreyfussOctober marked a month of significant milestones and recognitions for Rio Hondo College, all carrying the same theme: service to students.

Rio Hondo College was honored with a Diversity Champions Award in recognition for our extraordinary Pathway to Law School program, which guides students from community college, through four-year universities and to one of the six partnering California law schools.

The award recognizes our success with the program, which graduated 24 students in spring 2017.

Just a day later, the College celebrated the opening of a food pantry and students resource center called the RioSource Room. This service, which grew out of years of planning, will help our neediest students continue their education without the chilling fear of going hungry.

That challenge is a reality for far too many of our students and I’m proud of the collaboration between our Associated Students of Rio Hondo College and our Food Access Task Force for leading the way to this much needed service.

Our students also collected more than 3,000 letters of advocacy for replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that is being phased out by the Trump Administration. That number speaks to the incredible compassion of our campus community.

Finally, we also hosted a visit from students of a local school district who are in out-of-home and foster care placements. These students also need compassionate support so they have every opportunity for achieving their college and career goals. I’m proud that Rio Hondo College is taking the initiative to be a part of the solution.

RioSource Room Serves Students Challenged by Food Insecurity
Ribbon cutting for RioSource

Rio Hondo College on Oct. 24 launched a combination food pantry and resource room – dubbed the RioSource Room – to combat student food insecurity that a survey shows challenge a staggering 47 percent of the College’s students.

The pantry culminates efforts by the College’s Food Access Task Force and the Associated Students of Rio Hondo College (ASRHC) to combat food insecurity on campus for the last two years. Those efforts include a fall 2016 survey, snacks made available for students on their way to classes, Food Break stations during finals week and free groceries at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

The launch included a town hall highlighting the impact of food insecurity, defined as a lack of access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Rio Hondo College students surveyed in fall 2016 said they worry over feeding themselves and families, including 35 percent who skip meals because they lack money. More than half the surveyed students who receive financial aid said they spend at least some of those funds on food.

The RioSource Room, located in the Administration building next to the Rio Hondo College Bookstore, will serve as a drop-in pantry for students who need food while on campus or groceries to take home. It will also host information about local nonprofit and community resources, including state food aid, shelters, health providers and mental health services.

The pantry will be supplied with aid from Food Finders, Heart of Compassion and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Food Bank, which have donated items for past food efforts. President Dreyfuss pledged $25,000 from the College as ongoing support.

Andrew Gonzalez, ASRHC president in 2016-17, led efforts to create the pantry. Gonzalez, who transferred to Cal State Fullerton, returned for the opening. He shared how, while homeless, he once slept in his car and showered at Rio Hondo College.

Martin Cuvarrubios, the current ASRHC president, thanked President Dreyfuss for pledging financial support and for allocating the space for the resource room.

“We all know space is hard to get at Rio Hondo College,” he added.

The event included comments from Student Trustee Pariss Youngblood and Board of Trustees member Madeline Shapiro. Grocery bags of food were handed out to students following the event. For donations, please call (562) 908-3427 to schedule a dropoff.


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Rio Hondo College to Train Cybersecurity Technicians, Professionals to Meet Rapidly Growing Industry Need http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/rio-hondo-college-to-train-cybersecurity-technicians-professionals-to-meet-rapidly-growing-industry-need/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/rio-hondo-college-to-train-cybersecurity-technicians-professionals-to-meet-rapidly-growing-industry-need/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:01 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2563

WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College educators have developed plans to offer a cybersecurity certificate and degree program in fall 2018 to help meet rapidly growing demand for technical experts capable of shielding sensitive electronic data.

“This effort reflects the creative and innovative approach that is a hallmark of Rio Hondo College’s faculty,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “We are looking not only at the needs of today’s students and our industry partners, but at the needs expected to develop over the coming years, and then shaping instruction to match.”

The program spans 26 courses in information technology, math, accounting and business law; it includes certificates earned for completing several sequences of the classes, including one for “ethical hacking.” The College plans to offer Associate of Science degrees in cybersecurity and information technology, featuring courses in computer, server and network security.

The College’s announcement comes during the first-ever National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, which aims to spark interest in the career field’s potential.

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly important career field – the data breaches at Home Depot, Target and Equifax all testify to that,” Computer Information Technology Assistant Professor Rudy Rios said. “But there’s a vast unmet demand for trained professionals. Even if all California community colleges had programs, we still couldn’t fill the need.”

Experts estimate a global shortage of 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2019. In California, more than 31,000 jobs are currently unfilled, according to industry tracker Cyberseek.org. Some experts estimate California’s unmet need will rise to 45,000 positions in the next five years and climb by 10 percent a year after that.

Rios, who is part of the team mapping out the program, said Rio Hondo College developed the plan in consultation with an advisory committee of industry professionals. Now, a consortium of Los Angeles area community colleges is reviewing the plan to ensure it doesn’t overlap or duplicate other programs.

The next step will be review by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, which Rios expects to go smoothly because the programs follow the California Model Curriculum. The model is also followed by Cal State San Bernardino, one of a handful of California colleges to offer cybersecurity degrees.

The effort is funded through a workforce development grant from the Chancellor’s Office. As part of that effort, Rio Hondo College is buying advanced NDG Netlab tools that virtually simulate the environments students will need to master, including routers, switches, servers and client computers.

The College will collaborate for the simulations with the LA/OC Regional Netlab Hub at Orange County’s Coastline Community College, which is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Rio Hondo College’s cybersecurity courses include a mix of new classes and foundational instruction from its existing business, informational technology and math programs. The combination of degrees and certificate programs will prepare students to enter the workforce in entry-level positions or continue their studies at a four-year school.

“It’s really thrilling to see how each year Rio Hondo College expands opportunities for students, adding new fields of study and career options,” Board of Trustees President Norma Edith Garcia said. “This venture into cybersecurity builds on our strengths and, I believe, will lead to new innovations yet unimagined.”

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President’s Update – September 2017 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-september-2017/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-september-2017/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:46:52 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2516

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President DreyfussThe strengths of Rio Hondo College’s campus community were demonstrated during September, as we stood together to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, expressed our unwavering support for students in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, supported students who come from foster homes and gathered with our K-12 colleagues.

It’s quite amazing how the students, faculty, staff and administrators of Rio Hondo College come together – even in such a brief time after the fall semester begins – to form this community. Our campus becomes a place of trust, honor and support, not only for the higher-education mission we all share, but for the goals we set to make our world a more just and compassionate place to live.

Throughout my tenure at Rio Hondo College, that belief and its tangible expression through events and gatherings such as these have been an ever-present element of our campus, a reminder that we are all in this together.

I like to think that when our students depart Rio Hondo College for advanced academics or fulfilling careers, that they bring these non-classroom lessons with them to share with their new communities.

I’m always heartened when I meet Rio Hondo College grads and they share stories of their time here and the lasting impact of those days on their lives.

It’s a humbling and emotionally fulfilling experience.

More than 450 Students Enroll in the Rio Promise Program

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Rio PromiseRio Hondo College welcomed more than 450 students as part of its inaugural class of Rio Promise scholars, a program that waives first-year tuition for 2017 graduates of area high schools and offers special support services.

“We are thrilled that so many local students are taking advantage of the Rio Promise,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “Our mission is to ensure our community has access to all the possibilities offered by higher education, and the Rio Promise is already becoming a key element in that effort.”

Similar tuition waivers have been offered this year at several other community colleges, prompting legislation at the state to extend first-year tuition waivers for all community college students. Assembly Bill 19 passed both houses of the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval to take effect.

If signed, the tuition waivers would be available to an estimated 19,000 first-year
students at the state’s 113-campus community college system.

Activist groups are lobbying for the bill, along with related measures that would benefit students shielded from deportation under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), program, which is being phased out over the next six months by the White House.


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Pathway to Law School Program to Host 17 Judges, Attorneys for First-Ever Mentorship Initiative http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/pathway-to-law-school-program-to-host-17-judges-attorneys-for-first-ever-mentorship-initiative/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/pathway-to-law-school-program-to-host-17-judges-attorneys-for-first-ever-mentorship-initiative/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:17:22 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2509

WHAT: Rio Hondo College’s Pathway to Law School program will hold its first-ever mentorship mixer to connect students with 17 area judges and attorneys.

The mentorship effort is offered through a partnership with legal education nonprofit Ferias Legales. It runs for one year and includes two job shadowing days as well as casual gatherings while students explore different legal fields.

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10

WHERE: Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier

DETAILS: The Pathway to Law program assists underrepresented, first-generation students who are interested in pursuing legal careers. Rio Hondo College is one of 28 California community colleges in the program.

Mentors include: Ricardo Perez, civil law; Erika Aspericueta, business litigation; L.A. Superior Court Judge Enrique Monguia; Leslie Reyes, immigration, family, criminal defense; Matias Flores, family; Michelle del Rio, entertainment; Noreen Barcena, immigration, criminal defense; Percy Duran, district attorney-criminal prosecution; Maria Olaguez, immigration, former public defender; Yolanda Martin, immigration; Vanessa Rodriguez, criminal defense; Gerri Marshall, immigration, entertainment; Daniel Luna, labor, employment; Veronica Trejo, immigration; Sandra Sosa, criminal defense, Orange County public defender; Adriana Palomares, workers compensation.

For information, email lawschool@riohondo.edu or call (562) 463-7008.

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Letter from the President re: DACA http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/letter-from-the-president-re-daca/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/letter-from-the-president-re-daca/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:08:49 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2483 Dear Campus Community,

In light of the White House announcement today to end DACA, we at Rio Hondo College reaffirm our unconditional commitment to immigrant, refugee, and undocumented community members, and those with DACA status. As we stated in our letter to the community on November 16, 2016, we stand strongly in support of our students regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or national origin. The November letter is available by clicking here and the December 14th Board resolution is available by clicking here. We will be unwavering in our pledge to protect our undocumented students because we are committed to the success of our diverse students and communities.

We have three locations on our main campus to provide information and support, and they are: the First-Year Success Center, located on the 1st  floor of the Learning Resource Center; the Counseling Center, located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building; and the Student Equity Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building, A-207A. Also, there are counselors available at the three off-site educational centers as well.

We stand with you and will be engaged in advocating tirelessly as stated in California Community College Chancellor Eloy Oakley’s statement. We will continue to provide campus updates as more information becomes available. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has provided resources for undocumented students, available here.

Rio Hondo College has been, is, and will remain an inclusive space in which all persons are welcomed and invited to engage in constant learning and open dialogue. Our continuous care for students is what motivated us to become leaders in education and advocates for our students.

Sincerely,

Teresa Dreyfuss
Superintendent/President

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President’s Update – June 2017 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-june-2017/ http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/presidents-update-june-2017/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:21:40 +0000 http://www.riohondo.edu/marketing/?p=2459

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President’s Message

President DreyfussOur campus was abuzz this summer as Rio Hondo College staged some of its most important programs of the year – a summer “camp for members of the local Boys & Girls Club, a CTE Academy for area seventh-graders and events designed to welcome and orient our new freshmen.

All these programs celebrate Rio Hondo College’s mission to provide access to higher education and offer students the support essential to succeed.

This is because higher education isn’t a static object – it’s a dynamic process that begins by communicating the idea and promise of higher education to our community’s young students. We inspire them with an idea of what they can accomplish and then show them a path to realizing those dreams as early as middle school.

That’s why our summer programs for local young students are so important. In our summer camp and academy, we introduced young students to Rio Hondo College’s popular programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – career fields that are booming across the world.

We also recognize that once students take that first step into higher education, it’s critical that they have all the tools available to succeed.

We held a series of events to welcome our incoming freshmen and provide them with information on comprehensive support services that are becoming a hallmark of a Rio Hondo College degree.

We also offered our Summer Bridge program to 425 students. This in-depth program combines orientation seminars with intensive instruction in math and English. Many of the students significantly advanced their math course placements just through those workshops.

Together, these programs set the stage for what promises to be one of our most exciting years yet when fall semester begins Aug. 19.

Summer Bridge Program Helps 425 Students Excel

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Rio Hondo College’s 2017 Summer Bridge program drew 425 students for an array of activities offered three times over to orient the students to the rigors of higher education and to give them a chance to improve basic skills.

The program helps build an understanding of Rio Hondo College’s services, connects students with each other and allows them to explore their goals.

It supports both the new Rio Promise program that offers support and first-year tuition waivers to 2017 graduates of high schools in the College’s service area as well as Avance, a program for supporting Latino students.

Summer Bridge Program Workshops

Among the activities, students worked with math faculty for two hours a day and with English faculty for an hour a day in special workshops.

The instruction enabled 77 students to advance from one to three math levels, achieving placement in classes more advanced than they would have through an initial assessment or even the College’s nuanced multiple measures placement for basic skills class.

Other workshops included information on services for low-income and under-served student groups, information on the College’s innovative First Year Success Center, financial aid, the Rio Hondo College Transfer Center, health and psychological services and the college’s Career Center.

Students also learned about the journey ahead of them through panels of students and deans, and attended a fair featuring more than 24 academic and career programs.


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