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Rio Hondo College

  • 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: Norma Edith Garcia, president (Area 1); Madeline Shapiro, vice president (Area 5); Vicky Santana, clerk (Area 2); Gary Mendez, member (Area 4); Mary Ann Pacheco, member (Area 3)

Rio Hondo College to Hold 54th Commencement Ceremony

Rio Hondo College will hold its 54th annual Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Parking Lot A of the hilltop campus at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The ceremony will recognize more than 1,000 students who earned degrees in summer/fall 2016 or spring/summer 2017, including those who have earned degrees that guarantee acceptance to California State University campuses. Also recognized will be the 2017 Fellow of the College. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Rio Hondo College to Launch Rio Hondo College Promise with Free Tuition for District’s 2017 High School Graduates

Rio Hondo College on Thursday, May 4 will announce the Rio Hondo College Promise, a student support program launching in 2017-18 that includes free tuition for the first year and priority registration for 2017 graduates of all Whittier Union, El Monte Union and El Rancho Unified high schools and private schools within the college service area. The initiative will be unveiled at a 9 a.m. reception for elected officials and school leaders in the Board of Trustees board room and at a 10 a.m. presentation to 200 area high school students in the College’s Wray Theater. Rio Hondo College is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Rio Hondo College to Celebrate Literature, Arts at Writes of Spring

Rio Hondo College’s annual Writes of Spring – a celebration of regional literature and art set for Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20 – will feature novelist Lissa Price, newspaper editor and columnist Gustavo Arellano, musician Phranc, poet Siel Ju, sports journalist Dylan Hernandez and novelist Jeff Garvin. The event will include readings from the student literary journal, River’s Voice. Events begin at 8:05 a.m. each day at the Wray Theater, 3600 N. Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Four Los Angeles Attorneys to Headline Rio Hondo College Panel on Law School and Legal Careers

Four Los Angeles area attorneys whose practices range from child advocacy, DUI and eviction to family law, bankruptcy and criminal law will headline a two-hour panel on law school and legal careers at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at Rio Hondo College. The panel is being organized by Rio Hondo College’s Pathway to Law School program, one of 28 such programs hosted across the state that guides students from community college, through four-year institutions and into law school. The program targets underrepresented, first year students and partners with six California law schools. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Rio Hondo College’s El Monte Pledge Program Spurs Student Success, Eases College Transfers

Students in Rio Hondo College’s El Monte Pledge program are achieving success at substantially higher rates than other U.S community college students, according to a new report. These students have completed certificates, degrees and achieved transfer readiness with the help of a slate of services that are being expanded to the entire student body because of their proved effectiveness, according to a Rio Hondo College report released in February. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Whittier Union Partners with Rio Hondo College to Offer College Course

Whittier Union High School District has partnered with Rio Hondo College to offer students in its three alternative programs the opportunity to take a college-level course at their home campus this semester. Nearly 40 students from Frontier High School, a continuation school, Sierra Vista High School, an independent studies school, and Whittier Adult School are taking a three-unit introductory sociology course that is transferable to a community college, four-year California State University or University of California institution. It is the first time in eight years that a Rio Hondo College course has been offered at the Sierra Education Center campus, where the three schools are based. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

Rio Hondo College Women Sweep Soroptimist Scholarship Competition

Soroptimist International of Whittier has named five Rio Hondo College students as winners of $15,000 in Live Your Dream scholarships, which help single mothers pursue higher education dreams. This year’s winners, who were honored at a March 14 lunch, are Charlotte Banister, Heather Estrada, Sofia Tortoledo, Lorena Roknipour and Leah Nolan. Banister will receive $5,000 and advance to a regional competition; the others will each receive $2,500. Each woman participates in Rio Hondo College’s Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) programs, which assist students who have language, social and economic disadvantages. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

More than 350 Expected for Fifth Annual ‘A Taste of Rio’ Fundraiser

The fifth annual “A Taste of Rio” restaurant and wine tasting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Rio Hondo College, 3600 N. Workman Mill Road. The popular event, produced by the Rio Hondo College Foundation, brings together more than 350 guests for an evening of food, fine wine and beer, entertainment and opportunity drawings. The evening raises funds to support scholarships, programs and equipment that promote student success. Admission is $75 for VIP access, $50 general admission at the door, and $35 with advance purchase. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Fledgling Mock Trial Team Competes in Claremont Tournament

Follow-up Story: : Students in Rio Hondo College’s Pathway to Law School program competed head to head against students from four-year universities at an American Mock Trial Association tournament at Pomona College in February. This is the College’s first foray into mock trial competition. Accompanied by Debate and Forensics Team head coach Grant Tovmasian, students prepared two cases – as defense and prosecution – for four separate rounds over the two-day contest. The Pathway to Law School program guides students from Rio Hondo through four-year institutions to enrollment in one of six top California law schools. The program is offered at 28 California community colleges. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Students to Provide Free 2016 Income Tax Filing Aid

IRS-certified students from Rio Hondo College on Friday, April 14 will provide the final day of free income tax return aid for individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016 as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Administration of Justice Building Room 203, Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. VITA volunteers will help prepare Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. No appointments are necessary. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More