Dec 12, 2017President’s Update – November 2017
As 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 [...]
With blaring headlines about hacking scandals involving elections and large corporations, cybersecurity as a profitable and long-term industry is growing with each incident. To meet that growing need, Rio Hondo College has developed, in consultation with an advisory committee of industry professionals, a cybersecurity certificate and degree program
Mark Tavera aún recuerda cuando decidió enlistarse en el Ejército a finales de los 70s. Cuenta que su camino fue difícil pero gratificante. “Nos decían que no podíamos hablar español”, dijo este hombre —hoy de 58 años— de raíces mexicanas. “Entonces conocí a unos compañeros del este de Los Ángeles y con ellos hablábamos español”.
Rio Hondo Community College has received many local and national honors for its alternative fuels and advanced transportation associate of science (AS) program in the past 25 years. In 2016, the department also began offering an Associate of Science (AS) degree program in electric vehicle and fuel cell technician technology, taught by Professor John C. Frala MAED, which he designed and has also received national recognition.
Nearly 50 years after two of his closest friends died in combat, Vietnam veteran Josh Gallegos’ voice broke with emotion as he spoke about them. He recalled how Jesse Chavez and Sam Favata, his teammates on the El Rancho High School and Rio Hondo College football teams, were killed in action in Vietnam on the same day .
See ABC 7’s touching news coverage of our Fire Academy graduation on Saturday, Nov. 4. The news highlights the story of Cadet Spencer Nail who at the age of two, was thrown from a vehicle during a freeway accident. An off duty Firefighter stopped to help and saved the young boy pinned underneath another car. The now retired firefighter, who saved Cadet Nail years ago, reunited with him at our graduation ceremony.
Oct 25, 2017Nearly half of Rio Hondo students go hungry sometimes, here’s what the college is doing about it
Nearly half of Rio Hondo College students lack access to enough affordable and nutritious food, according to a survey the school conducted last fall. The sobering statistics were part of a Tuesday town hall on the subject, which also coincided with the grand opening of the RioSource Room, the site of a food pantry for students.
Seven graduates of the Rio Hondo Fire Academy were recently hired by the Los Angeles Fire Department, a historically high number for Rio Hondo College’s training program, officials said in a written statement. The graduates, who were part of different academy classes, were among the 45 who graduated from an LAFD new employee training class last month.
Aug 22, 2017Rio Hondo College receives $778,000 grant to develop safety standards for alternative fuels
Rio Hondo College has secured $778,000 for its Alternative Fueling Technology program that will be used to develop safety certification for technicians who work on electric and fuel cell vehicles.
WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College’s new vice president of academic affairs brings a background rich in community college leadership, an understanding of high school curriculum, including accelerated learning programs, oversight of academic departments and leadership on construction projects.
Dr. Laura Ramirez, who is currently vice president of academic affairs for East Los Angeles College (ELAC), began her new post on July 5.