Located in LR 206
To provide the Rio Hondo College community with opportunities for professional growth and renewal in order to foster improved morale, increased efficiency, and greater institutional effectiveness. Our work is predicated on the belief that supporting the realization of individual potential is essential in achieving shared excellence and enhanced student success.
Our Offerings Include:
~One Stop Access to RHC and External Events & Resources
*~Promotion of Vision Resource Center (VRC)
The VRC offers virtual professional learning on thousands of topics via “LinkedIn Learning” (formally Lynda) and “SkillSoft” that is free and open to all California Community college employees. Two new modules of note include “I Don’t See Color, I Just See People: Becoming Culturally Competent” and“Playing Behind the Screen: The Implicit Bias in Our Colleges.”
The VRC also allows you to connect with colleagues across the state to share promising practices, ask for help from colleagues, and directly access updates and resources from the Chancellor’s Office.
To login, go to Login to VRC. If creating an account for the 1st time, use the “General User” option as we are not currently an “Integrated” College.
FLEX refers to the faculty obligation to engage in a designated number of hours of professional development each semester. The FLEX office
- coordinates the online reporting (FLEX Reporter) and verifying of hours
- organizes pre-semester FLEX Days & other staff development offerings during the year
- reviews and compiles lists of pre-approved activities
Better Together Honoring significant collaborations within a program/area and/or between 2 or more programs/areas.
Río Stars –Individual recognition for a single person going “above and beyond.”
For more information on recognition criteria click on StaffRecognition2021. Nominations submitted @
Submit your “Rio Star” or “Better Together” Nomination
~Funding Support for Workshops, Trainings, Conferences or other Projects
A limited amount of grant funding is available for individuals, small groups, and/or divisions to support professional development projects which may involve:
- travel to off campus conferences and workshops
- on campus trainings
- independently designed professional growth activities.
~Reflection & Renewal Retreats
Each semester, one of more “R & R” events are offered to any interested staff. The intent of these gatherings is to provide a relaxed, focused and collegial atmosphere that encourages introspection, insight and revitalization so that participants return to campus with a renewed sense of purpose.
All staff are invited to participate in on and off campus opportunities to develop their leadership abilities which include:
- A 10 month campus based Rio Hondo Leadership Academy
- SanFACC Mentor Program
~Teaching for Learning Institute Workshops
Our Title V grant has enabled the creation of a “Teaching for Learning Institute” that provides instructional development offerings and stipends which can include:
- Instructional Development Workshops & Series
- 1-2 Day Intensive Teaching for Learning Institutes
Staff Development & FLEX Committee Members
*Management/Confidential Representatives: Michaela Brehm, Alice Mecom, Ruthie Retana
*Faculty Representatives: Jose Arroyo, Brenda Harlow, Kelly Lynch
Classified Staff Representatives: Kathy Gomez, Sandra Rivera, Lisa Sandoval
Other members: Katie O’Brien, Staff Development/FLEX Coordinator, Teresa Martinez, FLEX/Staff Development Clerk, Sable Cantus, Technology Trainer
*FLEX Committee is composed of only Management and Faculty Representatives.
This committee meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 1:00-2:00.
Minutes & Agendas 2021-2022