Rio Hondo College’s Fire Academy will host a 50th anniversary celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 featuring 300 alumni from across the country, a Bucket Brigade Challenge between alumni and staff, a display of 25 fire engines, a helicopter fly-over, live music, food and videos of past academy classes. U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez will present a proclamation at 2:45 p.m. The academy is considered one of the premier training programs for urban firefighters, wildland firefighters and advanced training for mid-career firefighters. The event will be held at the academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs.
Four Rio Hondo College students are among 319 community college students across the U.S. selected to travel to NASA’s Stennis Space Center this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite experience. Jashandeep Anand, Corrine Rivera, Albert Ramirez and Charinamae Blank will interact with NASA engineers, form teams, establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration, and design and 3-D print and test a rover.
Rio Hondo College launched an expansion of its Rio Promise program on Sept. 25, offering free tuition for first- and second-year students who start their college journeys at Rio Hondo College and enroll full time. More than 2,500 students are participating in the program in 2018-19. In addition to financial benefits, Rio Promise Scholars receive ongoing support to foster success.
Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss, who helped lead Rio Hondo College through the Great Recession, execute close to $300 million in construction projects, open three regional campuses and create a historic four-year degree in automotive technology, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Dreyfuss started at the College as an accountant in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become interim superintendent/president in 2012 and assuming the post permanently a year later. She announced her plan to step down on Aug. 17 to administrators, faculty and students attending a bi-annual FLEX staff development event.