Rio Hondo College

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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‘Writes of Spring’ to Welcome Best-Selling Author Gustavo Arellano

Nationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author Gustavo Arellano will headline this year’s “Writes of Spring” festival at Rio Hondo College, an event that celebrates the written word while allowing students to interact with professional writers and entertainers. “Writes of Spring,” which takes place Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 at the Rio Hondo College Wray Theatre, will feature student and staff work that range from poetry and short stories to monologues and one-act plays. Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly whose famous “¡Ask a Mexican!” column spurred a successful literary career that includes three books and several writing awards, will give his presentation at 9:40 a.m. on April 23. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Rio Hondo Professor Presents at International Literature Conference

Follow-up Story: Follow-up story: Renowned poet and Rio Hondo College Spanish professor Mariano Zaro was among an elite group of writers, poets and literary professionals selected to host sessions at the XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica conference in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia March 12-14. The Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica (International Congress of Hispanic Literature) is a gathering of authors, professors and others interested in literature in Spanish, who exchange ideas and discuss new literary movements and theories. Photos are available. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Award-winning Vocal Ensemble Project ERANOS Performs “American Spring” at Rio Hondo

Rio Hondo College’s Division of Arts and Cultural Programs presents project ERANOS in concert at the Wray Theater at Rio Hondo College. The concert, directed by Ann Gresham with accompaniment by pianist Kyounghee Kim, will take place on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wray Theater. The concert features the music of American composers ranging from Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Billy Joel, performed by advanced students in the Rio Hondo Music Department. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Rio Hondo College and Metro Join to Host Artist Exhibition Feb. 3-28

Working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rio Hondo College is hosting “Transitway,” an exhibition featuring the work of four Los Angeles-based artists. The artists, who were commissioned for the Metro El Monte Station, will showcase 16 new and original works from Feb. 3-28 at the Campus Inn Theater. An opening reception and artists panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)

Rio Hondo Students to Lobby Legislators in Sacramento

Three Rio Hondo College students will participate in the annual “March In March” in Sacramento, where they will have an opportunity to lobby legislators. This year, the theme for the event will be “Classroom to Capitol” and is scheduled for Monday, March 3. The event is designed to unify all students from the California Community College system and promises to give students the tools they need to mobilize and make a difference through the Legislature. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Fourth Annual Forensics Showcase to Focus on Student Success

Rio Hondo College's Fourth Annual Forensics Showcase, “Beyond De’Bate Cave,” a clever title highlighting student success in debate and beyond, is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wray Theatre. The showcase will feature performances by Forensics and Debate students and a panel discussion moderated by a special “surprise” guest. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Emmy-Nominated News Anchor to Offer Keynote for Women’s History Conference at Rio Hondo

To kick off Women's History Month, Rio Hondo will be hosting its annual Women's History Conference with a keynote by Telemundo news anchor Dunia Elvir. Elvir was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Investigative Report in Los Angeles in 2001 and has won several local and international awards for her contributions to journalism. The conference, themed “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility,” is a joint venture with the Whittier Union High School District and Soroptomist International of Whittier and will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Rio Hondo College Wray Theatre. About 300 students and visitors are anticipated to attend. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Regional Counselor Breakfast to Focus on Rio Hondo’s Innovative Student Success Programs

Rio Hondo will host its first-ever Regional High School Counselor Breakfast for approximately 100 counselors from 25 local high schools from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. In addition to touring new state-of-the-art buildings on campus, including the Freshman Success Center and PE Complex, counselors will also hear about the Associate Degree with a Guarantee for transfer program, the Student Success Initiative and other programs that create a pipeline for local graduates toward college completion. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)

Rio Hondo College Provides Holiday Gifts to Student-Families in Need

The EOP&S/CARE program at Rio Hondo College was successful in adopting all families who participated in the “Adopt-A-Child” program, in which faculty, staff, students and community members bought holiday gifts for the children of Rio Hondo College students in need. The gifts will be distributed to the families on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)