Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College Selects New Officers for Board of Trustees

Rio Hondo College’s Board of Trustees selected a new cadre of officers in June in anticipation of a new era sparked by the hiring of a new superintendent/president. Leading the board as president will be Oscar Valladares, a former Dreamer elected in November 2018. Vice president is Rosaelva Lomeli, a science teacher also elected in November 2018. Trustee Vicky Santana is the board’s new clerk.

$100,000 Grant Will Strengthen Rio Hondo College Services for Students Facing Food Insecurity

The funds are part of a 2018-19 California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office grant of $10 million that will be divided among college campuses based on attendance. Rio Hondo College’s share of a $2.5 million grant in 2017-18 totaled $27,405, funds that were coupled with $25,000 pledged in each of the past two years by Rio Hondo College’s Superintendent/President’s Office to operate the RioSource Room, a combination food pantry and resource hub launched in fall 2017.

Rio Hondo College Secures $13.9 Million in Savings to Local Taxpayers by Refinancing Bonds

The Rio Hondo Community College District has successfully refinanced a portion of its general obligation bonds, saving the community more than $13.9 million in interest cost that will be passed on to residents through lower tax bills. The District encompasses portions of southeast Los Angeles County and includes Whittier, El Monte, South El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Los Nietos.

Rio Hondo College Celebrates Graduation of Third Cohort of Tesla START Technician Students

Rio Hondo College will celebrate the graduation of 11 new Tesla START technicians, the third cohort to graduate since the Whittier-based College became the globally recognized innovative car company’s second training partner in 2018. The new START program graduates, who have already been placed at Tesla service centers in Buena Park, Burbank, Costa Mesa, Pomona and San Diego, join 26 graduates of cohorts one and two.

Rio Hondo College Community Lauds Outgoing President Teresa Dreyfuss at End-of-year Gala Event

The retirement celebration, held at the Doubletree Inn in Uptown Whittier, featured lauds for Dreyfuss from local officials, state legislators and national officials for her many contributions to the College, including its two-year guarantee of free tuition for first-time, full-time students, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree and creation of a strong fiscal foundation. The event was also attended by members of Dreyfuss’ family, area K-12 school district superintendents and presidents of other California community college campuses.