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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)

Former Roadrunner Heads to the Big Leagues

Former Rio Hondo College Roadrunner and 2012 Foothill Conference Baseball Player of the Year Andrew Morales was drafted to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-handed pitcher, who had just completed his senior year at the University of California, Irvine, is ranked fourth in the country with 17 starts and 128 strikeouts. During his tenure at Rio Hondo College, Morales earned the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association All-American and Pitcher of the Year and earned All-Foothill Conference first-team accolades in 2011. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

In the Midst of World Cup Fever, Rio Hondo Remembers Soccer Standouts

It seems that every pub, restaurant and household in the United States has fully embraced World Cup fever. But did you know that Rio Hondo College has been a launching ground for some of the sport’s professional athletes? The Rio Hondo Men's Soccer program is one of the best in the Foothill Conference and Southern California. Coach Orlando Brenes, who guided three Foothill Conference championship teams in a row, has helped the Roadrunners win the conference title in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Many of Rio Hondo's players have gone on to collegiate and professional careers, including Marvin Quijano and Luis Aguilar. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

Profiles in Student Success: RHC Students Beat Odds to Graduate, Transfer

Each year, Rio Hondo College showcases Profiles in Student Success. This year, staff and faculty combed through the stories of many deserving students and found four students exemplified success in the face of adversity and were recognized at the 51st Commencement Ceremony. This year, Rio Hondo College recognized reformed gang member David Rios, domestic violence survivor Sandra Lucero and DREAM Act students Valeria Guerrero and Paola De La O. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

Rio Hondo College Offers New Course Opportunities for Students

For the first time, Rio Hondo College will offer intersession courses this year to help students reach their goals even faster. Summer session this year will include both night and online classes. Beginning June 23, students have had the option to take five-week, six-week, eight-week, or 10-week sessions. One five-week session starts July 14. The newly offered intersession – which will run from Jan. 5 to Jan. 29 – is one of several ways Rio Hondo College is increasing opportunities for students to take more classes. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

Rio Hondo College Student’s Artwork Yields Coveted CTA Award

A Rio Hondo College instructor and his student have been selected by the California Teachers Association as the recipients of the 2014 Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Education Awards Program for commemorating the principles by which the late civil rights leader conducted his life. Along with a $550 award, student Andres Abedoy’s artwork will be put on display in the CTA Headquarters in Burlingame and will be featured in a future issue of the California Educator. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo Among First Community Colleges to Offer Law School Pathway

Rio Hondo College will be one of the first community colleges in the state to offer a smoother pathway to six of California’s top law schools by participating in the Community Colleges Pathway to Law School initiative. The Community Colleges Pathway to Law School initiative, which will begin at Rio Hondo College in the fall, is designed to enhance opportunities and advancement in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have been underrepresented. Rio Hondo College was chosen by the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness for its leadership and student success indicators, which will be critical in providing meaningful experiences for students interested in pursuing law. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo First-Responder Students Collaborate on Crisis Scenario

Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: Rio Hondo College students studying to be nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers participated in a Collaborative Crisis Scenario on Friday, May 9 where students will respond to a simulated accident that will include victims, bystanders and a makeshift ER room and ICU. The students were called upon to make critical judgments about victims’ care, take witness statements and participate in triage. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

Hilda Solis Offered Commencement Address at Rio Hondo College

Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis offered the Commencement Address for graduates of Rio Hondo College on May 22 at 6 p.m. at the College’s soccer field. Solis, a former member of the Rio Hondo College District Board of Trustees, served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet from 2009 to 2013 after representing the San Gabriel Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Legislature. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

‘Taste of Rio’ Serves Up Charity and Entertainment for Scholarships

Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: A festive evening of delicious food, wine tasting, silent auction and drawings were in store for the Rio Hondo College Foundation’s “Taste of Rio” event on Friday, May 2. The “Taste of Rio” featured tastings from 17 local eateries that ranged from the savory to the sweet. All proceeds are going toward student scholarships and programs. Photos are available. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos

RHC Students to Show Work at Prestigious Ceramics Exhibit

Five art students from Rio Hondo College will be showing and selling their work at the annual “Kilnopening.edu 2014” exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, June 1. Art Vasquez, Alexandro Vergara, Jared Chavez, Carol Sun and Danielle Cansino will showcase and sell their art pieces at the exhibit, which is designed to underscore the importance of college-level ceramics program. This is the first time that all Rio Hondo Students who applied for the show received acceptance. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)Read More Photos