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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: 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)

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)

Rio Hondo College Foundation Raises More than $102,000 at 2017 ‘A Taste of Rio’ Wine and Food Tasting

Follow-up Story: “A Taste of Rio,” the signature event of the Rio Hondo College Foundation, brought in an estimated $102,000 in total donations on April 28 for student scholarships and other support services. Foundation officials hosted a capacity crowd of more than 500 guests at the evening wine, beer and food-tasting event atop Rio Hondo College’s hilltop campus. Figures for the event’s impact are still tentative, but early estimates indicate a substantial boost over 2016 – which in turn significantly topped all previous years. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

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

76 Rio Hondo College Students Receive Nearly $64,000 in Scholarships

Seventy-six Rio Hondo College students received scholarship awards totaling nearly $64,000 from the Rio Hondo College Foundation at the Fall 2016 Scholarship Awards Reception on Jan. 27. The students received 104 separate awards. The event was attended by College leaders, donors, family members and friends. The Rio Hondo College Foundation oversees the scholarship awards process, and accepts gifts from donors throughout the community, including many faculty and staff at Rio Hondo. Additional funds are raised through the Foundation’s annual Taste of Rio event in April. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Community Members Explore Career Programs at Rio Hondo College

Follow-up Story: More than 140 community members explored Rio Hondo College’s career and technical education (CTE) options during an open house staged Feb. 25, including students bused in from El Rancho Unified, Paramount Unified and Whittier Union High School District. Visitors, including parents, learned about Rio Hondo’s programs in alternative energy technology and electronics; alternative fuels/fuel cell technician; architecture and engineering technology; civic design technology, drone technology; heavy equipment operation; and graphic design; as well as the College’s new Bachelor of Science program in automotive technology. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Rio Hondo College Receives Space Grant to Inspire Student Interest in STEM-related Majors

Rio Hondo College has been selected to receive a NASA-sponsored California Space Grant that will provide 12 students with hands-on instruction in science, technology, engineering and math as a way of boosting their interest in STEM fields and raising academic performance. The grant, announced Jan. 30, brings the College $6,000 for student scholarships, $1,000 for equipment and $500 for faculty mentor awards. In addition, the consortium will fund a trip to either NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and will host online webinars on research topics. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More