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Río Hondo College

  • Río Hondo College Recognized in Top 100 Lists in Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine

    Río Hondo College has been recognized by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine, placing them in the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list and highlighting the College’s rigorous academics and sterling degree programs. Using information from the California Department of Education’s database for the 2019-20 school year, the publication awards institutions that are committed to serving Hispanic/Latino students’ needs.

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  • Río Hondo College Inspires Business Acumen in High Schoolers at Entrepreneur Camp

    Río Hondo College motivated 30 area high school students to hone their management skills and creative thinking abilities during Entrepreneur Camp Río, a two-week camp that teaches students the ins and outs of business ownership. The camp, which ran through Aug. 6, challenged students to think beyond their typical curriculum by diving into the world of finance, marketing and free enterprise. It was created through a partnership between Río Hondo College’s Business Division and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to inspire the next generation of young business tycoons. The camp was funded through a $20,000 California Community College Strong Workforce Grant, allowing all students to participate at no cost.

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  • Río Hondo College Adopts Positive Budget for 2021-22 School Year

    The Río Hondo College Board of Trustees adopted a balanced 2021-22 budget during a board meeting on Sept. 8, setting aside ample funding for student financial aid while avoiding the loss of staff and increasing reserves to $34.8 million in the general fund. The adopted budget allocates about $23.4 million for student financial aid from the Restricted General Fund and approximately $27.5 million from the Financial Aid Fund, which includes $47.9 million from COVID-19 federal emergency revenue.

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Río Hondo College Receives $28.8 Million in Relief Funds

Río Hondo College will benefit from $28.8 million in relief funds, presented by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez during her visit to the College on July 8. The financial relief comes from the American Rescue Plan, which provides funding to local colleges through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). Authorized by the American Rescue Plan, HEERF III provided $39.6 billion to help higher education institutions serve students throughout the pandemic recovery process.

Río Hondo College to Hold Online Auditions for Broadway Musical “Working”

Río Hondo College will conduct online auditions via Zoom for its production of “Working,” a Broadway musical, which features two songs written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The auditions will be held Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Based on the Studs Terkel oral history, “Working” profiles the lives of dozens of working Americans. The Zoom code for the auditions is 969388885253. For further information, please contact Prof. William Korf at wkorf@riohodo.edu.

Río Hondo College receives Aspen Institute Grant to Support Student Success

Río Hondo College Latinx students will receive increased support to complete transfer level math courses in their first year of school, providing a pathway for more Latinx students to complete their degrees and transfer to four-year universities, thanks to a $65,750 grant from the Aspen Institute. The Río Hondo College Excellence Program’s primary beneficiaries will be students enrolled in Math 130 Statistics courses. During the 2020-21 school year, nearly 1,600 students were enrolled in the course. The grant allows Río Hondo College to hire additional math instructors to facilitate an increased participation of students. The program is expected to begin in Fall 2021.

Río Hondo College Kinesiology Alumnus is Bound for Harvard University

Río Hondo College alumnus Joel Ramirez loves learning – a passion he hopes to spark in others by becoming a full-time professor and mentoring eager students, providing valuable research to the study of human movement, and improving his community. Ramirez’s determination has carried him through family problems, financial burdens and personal ailments – earning the first-generation college student a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s in kinesiology from Cal State University Los Angeles (CSULA). Now, the 36-year-old is setting his sights on Harvard University, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in human evolutionary biology in fall 2021.

Río Hondo College to Celebrate Graduates with a CARmencement Ceremony

Río Hondo College hosted a festive CARmencement ceremony, welcoming graduates onto campus for a drive-thru event where they received their diplomas from the College’s board of trustees and celebrated their milestone achievement alongside family members, faculty, staff and administrators on May 28. This year, 1,778 students earned Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Of those degrees, 1,203 are Associate Degree for transfer, meaning they are eligible for admission to the California State University system.

Río Hondo College Honors 2021 Extraordinary Students

Río Hondo College has honored five students with its 2021 Extraordinary Graduating Students award, a distinction that recognizes individuals who have reached their goals while overcoming adversity and personal tragedies. This semester’s award winners are Albert Steven Mendoza Jr., Dominic Castanon, Pretty Star Garcia, Luis Albert Cruz and Stephanie Paz. They were selected by faculty members for their stellar work ethic and ambition for achievement.

Río Hondo College to Celebrate Grads with Drive-thru Graduation Ceremony

Río Hondo College degree candidates are invited to celebrate their achievements with an in-person, on-campus “CARmencement” parade and festivities from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 28. Graduates are encouraged to decorate their vehicles, bring their families and drive through the campus to celebrate the next step in their academic journeys. Río Hondo College Board of Trustee members, faculty and staff will be in attendance to cheer on students. Graduates will also receive care packages to recognize their accomplishments. Río Hondo College is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.

Río Hondo College Fire Crew 77 Activated to Assist with Vaccine Distribution

Río Hondo College’s Fire Crew 77 has been deployed to Baltimore, Maryland to assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, providing aid to federal officials as they inoculate thousands of citizens against the virus. Fire Crew 77 sent 15 members on the 14-day assignment, which could turn into a 21-day assignment, after being called into action by the United States Forest Service (USFS). During their stay, they will provide logistical support – moving supplies, setting up and disassembling work and mobile vaccine sites and monitoring citizens during their 15-minute post-vaccine observation period.