Rio Hondo College

  • Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Uses State of the Union Visit to Advocate on Behalf of Undocumented Students

    Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Diana Laureano attended President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Feb. 5 as a guest of U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, using the opportunity to continue her advocacy on behalf of her fellow undocumented community members. Laureano, who is studying philosophy and political science and is part of the Rio Hondo College Pathway to Law School program, said she considers it her mission to ensure undocumented residents are seen and heard.

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  • Rio Hondo College Vice President to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Championing Students

    The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has named Rio Hondo College Vice President of Student Services Henry Gee as one of two recipients of the 2019 Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA. The lifetime achievement award honors a NASPA member who has served in leadership roles at the state, regional, national or international levels of NASPA, and who has been a member for at least 10 years. Gee has served in higher education for 40 years. He has served in his current position for 15 years, in addition to recently taking on the task of interim executive director for the Rio Hondo College Foundation. He will receive the honor at NASPA’s 100th anniversary conference on March 12 in Los Angeles.

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  • Rio Hondo College Provides Free Tutoring Program for Area Public Schools

    Rio Hondo College has launched a free tutoring program for area public schools in its Adopt-A-School program, providing college students who are studying child development and related fields to assist K-12 students during and after school. The program was piloted in spring at Scott Avenue Elementary in East Whittier City School District and is now offered there and at Dean Shively Middle School in Valle Lindo Elementary School District. It is expanding to encompass others in the College’s Adopt-A-School program, which has linked the campus to area schools for several years.

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Rio Hondo College Community Re-elects Trustee Norma Edith García, Elects Whittier Residents Rosaelva Lomeli and Oscar Valladares

Rio Hondo College voters on Nov. 6 re-elected Norma Edith García and elected Whittier residents Rosaelva Lomeli and Oscar Valladares to serve on the Board of Trustees, according to preliminary election results. García, who was first elected in 2009, serves Trustee Area 1, which includes the city of El Monte. Lomeli, a science teacher at Suva Intermediate School in Montebello, will serve Trustee Area 3, which includes Whittier and South El Monte. Valladares, a deputy public conservator in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will serve Trustee Area 5, which includes East Whittier.

Rio Hondo College to Celebrate Graduation of Second Cohort of Students in Tesla START Program

Rio Hondo College will celebrate the graduation of its second cohort of Tesla-trained automobile technicians – 13 men and three women – in a special ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the College’s state-of-the-art Automotive Shop, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The students are among the first in the nation to complete a 12-week Tesla START program that includes more than 800 hours of training.

Rio Hondo to Honor Former College Vice President during Veterans Day

In celebration of Veterans Day, Rio Hondo College will recognize World War II veteran Yoshio C. Nakamura and honor all veterans who have served in America’s armed forces in a ceremony set for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Rio Hondo College Veterans Memorial, Lower Quad, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Nakamura, a former Rio Hondo College vice president, was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team composed of Americans of Japanese ancestry that became the most highly decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service.

Rio Hondo College Fire Academy to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence

Rio Hondo College Fire Academy held a 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion on Oct. 20, welcoming more than 200 guests in addition to retired firefighters and alumni from the first class in 1968. U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez provided a proclamation recognizing the academy and Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss recognized the efforts of faculty and staff and encouraged the program to continue to train tomorrow’s firefighters. Los Angeles County Fire Department provided a helicopter fly-over to kick off the festive event, which also featured a band, a fire bucket brigade challenge and remembrance of graduates who died in the line of duty.

Rio Hondo College Expands Support for Undocumented Students, Families

Rio Hondo College is expanding and creating programs to support undocumented students and their families so that more people will be able to realize their full potential, aided in part by a $125,000 grant received for 2018-19 from the new California Campus Catalyst Fund. To date, the Catalyst Fund has raised nearly $10 million for a three-year initiative that will increase support for undocumented students and their families on campuses in state’s three public higher education systems. Rio Hondo College has enrolled 799 students who have identified as undocumented.

Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees Hires Firm to Guide Search for College’s New President

Rio Hondo College Hires Search Firm to Guide Selection of New President Rio Hondo College’s Board of Trustees on Oct. 10 hired education-focused search firm PPL, Inc. to conduct a search for a superintendent/president to succeed leader Teresa Dreyfuss, who is departing at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. The search is expected to take about six months and cost about $31,000. Dreyfuss gave the Board advance notice of her retirement plans in August. PPL has a long history of assisting California Community Colleges in finding campus and district leaders.

Rio Hondo College Students Selected to Visit NASA in October

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 Announces Fiscal and Student Performance Strengths

Rio Hondo College’s Board of Trustees adopted a balanced budget for 2018-19 on Sept. 12 even as it expands an ambitious free-tuition program to boost student success, College leaders have announced. The budget, with an apportionment of $74 million, is up from $69 million under the state’s previous formula. Student success numbers are also looking up for Rio Hondo College. Completion rates hit 73.4 percent for college-ready students who earned at least 30 units and 60.4 percent for students who completed a degree, certificate or transfer related outcome, according to the 2018 Student Success Scorecard.

Rio Hondo College Expands Free Tuition Program to 2 Years

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.

Rio Hondo College President to Retire after 31 Years of Service

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.