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Rio Hondo College

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  • 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601 • (562) 692-0921
  • Rio Hondo College District was created in 1960 and opened its doors to students in 1963. A comprehensive community college, Rio Hondo offers career-technical programs in nursing, fire and police academies, automotive and alternative fuels, a full transfer curriculum and basic skills courses and services.

  • Superintendent/President: Teresa Dreyfuss
  • Board of Trustees: Madeline Shapiro, president (Area 5); Vicky Santana, vice president (Area 2); Mary Ann Pacheco, clerk (Area 3); Gary Mendez, member (Area 4)

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones to Explore the Impact of Natural Disasters during Rio Hondo College Talk

Dr. Lucy Jones, a noted seismologist for 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Rio Hondo College’s Wray Theater on how earthquakes, floods and other disasters have both benefited and beset civilizations throughout recorded history. Jones, who developed the Great ShakeOut, an earthquake drill that has engaged 55 million participants, also will discuss what disasters reveal about mankind’s potential for humanitarian efforts. The theater is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College to Host Cash 4 College Workshop to Assist Students in Obtaining 2018-19 Financial Aid

Rio Hondo College will host a Cash 4 College financial aid overview and workshop on Saturday, Feb. 3 for students and their families, offering assistance with the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act application. The overview will begin at 9 a.m.; the workshop will run from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Both will be held in the Rio Hondo College Rio Café, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo Fire Academy Trains Firefighters in Advanced Techniques

Forty-six firefighters from across California are hewing their way through structures and carving up cars today through Friday, Feb. 2 during Rio Hondo College’s annual Regional Truck Academy at the Rio Hondo Fire Training Center, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs. The program runs for 88 hours over 11 days. Firefighters are training for forcible entry into burning structures, high-rise operations, elevator rescues, rope rescues, thermal imaging, auto extraction and rapid intervention tactics. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College to Highlight Student Guidance, Academic Programs during 5th Annual Regional Counselor Breakfast

Rio Hondo College will host about 160 high school counselors from three area school districts as well as officials from other local high schools for its fifth annual Regional Counselor Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The event, which runs through 11:30 a.m., will be held in the Rio Café at the Rio Hondo College campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. This year’s breakfast focuses on the College’s effort to support student success, including an effort to guide students along the pathway from high school through college and into careers. Counselors will also receive an update on the Rio Promise, an initiative launched in spring 2017 that covers first-year tuition costs for local high school graduates, as well as presentations about the College’s transfer, honors and STEM programs. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College to Provide Free Tax Help to Families in Need

IRS-certified students from Rio Hondo College will offer income tax return aid on Fridays from Feb. 2 through April 13 for people who earned $54,000 or less in 2017. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program cycles between two sites: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 16, 23 and April 12 at the Rio Hondo Administration of Justice Building, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier; and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6 at the Rio Hondo Educational Center at Pico Rivera, 9426 Marjorie St., Pico Rivera. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees Names 2018 Officers

Follow-up Story: Rio Hondo College’s Board of Trustees named Madeline Shapiro as president for 2018, Vicky Santana as vice president and Mary Ann Pacheco as clerk during the group’s annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 13. Trustee Pacheco will also serve as the board representative for the L.A. County School District Organization and the L.A. County Schools Trustee Association. The board includes outgoing president Norma Edith Garcia and Gary Mendez. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Sends 40 Firefighters to Battle Wildfires

Follow-up Story: Sixteen cadets from the Rio Hondo College Wildfire Academy are helping to battle the Creek Fire and 24 former graduates have joined efforts this week to quell the massive Thomas Fire burning near Santa Barbara. The firefighters were activated on Dec. 18. The 24 firefighters assigned to the Thomas Fire include Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy graduates who worked the fire season in Oregon, California and Washington, and a group of firefighters who graduated from the Rio Hondo College Fire Academy in November. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Students to Perform in Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration

Rio Hondo College performing arts students and local school children will present “Juan Diego & the Beautiful Lady,” a free, bilingual outdoor play at Rose Hills Memorial Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. The play commemorates Our Lady of Guadalupe. After the performance, Mariachi Trompetas de Mexico and dancers from Pacifico Dance Co. will lead a procession with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Rose Hills Memorial Park is at 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. For more information, visit www.ourladyofguadaluperosehills.com or call 323-887-4837 Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College to Feature 80 School Children in ‘The Nutcracker’

The Rio Hondo Dance Collective will stage a contemporary version of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 with 26 dancers from Rio Hondo College and more than 80 dancers from area schools and the Rio Hondo College Child Development Center. The production is streamlined to one hour to create a more enjoyable experience for young children. The event will be at Rio Hondo College's Wray Theater, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College to Train Cybersecurity Technicians, Professionals to Meet Rapidly Growing Industry Need

Follow-up Story: 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. 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. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More