As 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.